The Pastor and His People (Part One)

Charlie Chim
I Timothy 3:17 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

Pastors play a significant role in our lives. They provide us with direction through vision, doctrinal teaching, and correction when needed. The Bible tells us that the role of a pastor is a significant one that comes with heavy responsibility, so we should be especially thankful that our pastor not only was willing to answer this call from God, but also stay faithful to the call.

The pastorate is not a position that many people are signing up for because of the many challenges it comes with. One of these challenges is to preach and teach our congregation to be spiritually minded and wholly committed to our Lord. In a time where materialism and worldliness dominate many Christians, having the right stance and Biblical conviction often leaves a pastor stranded on an island.

It would seem that the one relationship church members often fail to work on more than others (within a church), would be the relationship between the Pastor and his people. Perhaps it is because of an intimidation factor. Some would think that all the pastor is looking to do is preach at us. We can’t seem to separate our pastor from how he is behind the pulpit to how he would be in casual conversation.

Another reason why people don’t take time to work on their relationship with their pastor is because they don’t think he cares. This is especially true when it comes to larger churches. We can’t possibly fathom that our pastor cares for us, considering everyone that is in membership – yet he does…very much so. The whole duty of a pastor is revolved around loving the people that God has entrusted to their care.

If someone is looking for a job to just yell at people all day, they can sign up to be a drill sergeant, but though the role of the pastor does include preaching and correction, it also includes love and compassion.

One of the best friends we can possibly have in our church is our pastor. Because the Bible gives much value to godly counsel, we should make it a priority to draw ourselves closer to developing a better relationship with our pastor.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

I’d like to share a simple acrostic for the word P-A-S-T-O-R that I think will be a great help and reminder for us to be more of a blessing to our pastor.

P – Pray for our Pastor.
One of the greatest things we can do to build a better relationship with our pastor is to pray for him. A simple understanding of the responsibilities that a pastor has within a church will drive most members to their knees on behalf of the pastor.

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

Consider all of the spiritual battles we go through on a daily basis. Then, consider that the pastor, as our spiritual commander, most likely goes through far more spiritual battles and attacks from Satan than any of us. Satan knows that if he can get our pastor to fall, quit, or compromise, he can drastically affect the work our church can do for our God.

We sometimes forget that our spiritual leaders are human. They have families like we do. They have health needs like we do. They have struggles like we do. Just as we appreciate the prayers of others on our behalf, we should make it a priority to pray for our pastor.

As we faithfully pray for our pastor and his family, we will begin to formulate a pattern within our hearts and minds to think of him and the value he brings to our church as God’s man. This thinking will result in us having a better relationship with him.

Here are some areas in which we can pray for our pastor:
1. Pray for his boldness in ministry.
2. Pray for his wisdom and understanding.
3. Pray for his health.
4. Pray for him to stay encouraged.
5. Pray for God’s guidance in his leadership and vision for our church.
6. Pray for God’s power in his life.
7. Pray for his walk with God.
8. Pray for his relationship with the people.
9. Pray for his joy.
10. Then pray for his family to have all of the above as well.

A – Ask our Pastor for Counsel.
I think many would agree that the pastor of a church would be one of the wisest people we can consult with when it comes to life’s decision. Sadly, many people go on to make some of the most important decisions in their lives, all the while seeking ungodly counsel or no counsel at all.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

God has equipped our church with a very valuable asset, and that is our pastor. It would be wise for us to utilize him for the many important choices we are presented with in our lives. This could be ministry opportunities. It could be career choice. It could be concerning making a purchase. It could be concerning help in our marriage or even child rearing. Perhaps it could about a big move we are contemplating. Many of these things listed can be life altering decisions; why would we neglect seeking wise counsel and risk being the “fool that is right in his own eyes” that Proverbs speaks of?

I know for a fact that it breaks our pastor’s heart when church members neglect wise counsel and go on to make ill-advised decisions that end up hurting the individual and their family. Pastors aren’t looking for more sermon illustrations. Our pastor wants what’s best for each of us, even if it means giving up of his time to help guide us.

S – Support our Pastor
All throughout church history, God has used pastors to lead the flock of God in an effort to “turn the world upside down” for Christ. Pastors have been used to preach repentance, administer the daily operations of a church, provide ministry opportunities for the members, instill a godly vision for the future, and guide people through life’s difficulties and successes.

To say that a pastor cannot do this job alone is an understatement. In fact, God never intended for a pastor to do the work of the ministry alone. That’s what the members are for. Many are content with coming to church to sit, soak, and, sour but God has a bigger calling for church members, and that is to support the pastor. One of greatest examples of supporting the man of God is found in Exodus:

Exodus 17:11-12 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

The same truth found in this passage is relevant for us today. If we expect our church to prevail in our mission to make an impact on our communities and beyond, then it is imperative that we, like Aaron and Hur, support our pastor as well.

Here are some ways we can support our pastor:

1. Be willing to involve ourselves in the ministries of our church.

Psalms 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

2. Determine to be loyal to our pastor, especially when others are critical.
3. Support the church financially through tithes and all special offerings.
4. Participate in all activities and special events that pertain to us (Couples Retreat, Pacific Baptist School, Pacific Baptist Bible College, Youth Camps, Sunday School Class Activities, etc).
5. Let him personally know that you are willing to help out where needed.
6. Be at special meeting times (prayer meeting, soul winning, etc).
7. Be faithful in church attendance.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Charlie Chim

Bro Chim and his wife joyfully serve the Lord together as he teaches the Foundations Adult Bible Class. They have five amazing children. Bro Chim serves the Lord full-time as the principal of Pacific Baptist School.

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