1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
I am a blessed pastor that gets to serve in one of God’s greatest churches. WSBC has been an encouraging church for sixteen years of service. But I am concerned about churches and the work of the kingdom for the future. One of the simple things that all churches can afford, but many are simply going bankrupt on, is “appreciation.”
One of the troubling problems that are facing the church is a shortage of qualified leadership. There are fewer men desiring to go into the pastorate. One would think it has something to do with low pay with high educational qualifications. But this is not the root of the problem.
The trend in churches has been for the church to make the pastor and staff a servant of the people instead of a servant for the Lord. Spiritual entitlement is the problem with an entitled generation. Consequently, pastors and staff have been made to carry an impossible spiritual burden that causes many to be burned out, fired, or just quit. It seems that I know of more sad stories than good ones across Southern Baptist Convention.
It is true that some pastors and staff act like lazy hirelings. The Lord will judge. But when church members allow themselves to gripe and complain about the service they are getting out of “their” staff the energy is zapped right out of them. One complaint can be magnified a thousand times by the enemy. Instead of things getting better, the churches start to flounder.
Appreciate your Sunday School teacher, a greeter, staff member, a volunteer, and etc. You will be the better for it and your church will be enriched by it.
I personally need to be better at making the people around me feel more appreciated.
I love you all,