In Exodus 17, the children of Israel are battling the Amalekites while Moses stands, staff raised above his head, watching the battle on a nearby hill. As long as he stands with his staff above his head, the Israelites win. But every time he grows weary and puts his arms down, they begin to lose. Seeing this, Aaron and Hur rush to Moses’ side, find him a comfortable place to sit, and help hold his hands above his head until the battle is over.
There’s a lot to be said here, but for now, try to be like Aaron and Hur when it comes to your pastor. Here are 4 ways to minister to him.
1. Pray for him and the church regularly.
I know it sound cliche, but if more people would seriously bathe their pastor in prayer, it would alleviate a world of troubles. It’s simple. It’s easy. Why wouldn’t you pray for your pastor.
2. Give to the church faithfully.
Most pastors make their living from the ministry. The church pays them a salary and when the church is struggling financially, the minister’s salary is often the very first thing to go. It’s only natural. The pastor loves his church and he loves the ministry and he wants to see it flourish. If that means taking a pay cut, or getting no pay at all, most pastors are more than willing to do it. But if everyone in the church were to give faithfully, then it wouldn’t be a problem in the first place. So give faithfully.
3. Attend the church consistently.
Pastors are only human, and when your pastor gets up to preach to a half-empty church, after a week of intense study, deep prayer, and hard work, it can really take the wind out of his sails. What’s more, he is thinking strategically, planning his messages over time in order to convey a long-term goal to his congregation. When you’re not there, you miss out on what he has to say, what he has to teach, and ultimately where he’s leading the church. Don’t do that. Attend regularly.
4. Serve the church actively.
For many pastors, on top of preparing a weekly sermon, the pastor is responsible for organizing the church’s weekly ministries. I can speak from experience that the single greatest frustration a pastor can experience is when ministry opportunities exist, but there’s no one willing to commit to them. We can’t do it all on our own. We need the help of the congregation.