In honor of Clergy Appreciation Month, use these alphabetical reminders of how to treat your pastors:
Accept them as people.
Build them up. Say “thank you.”
Communicate with them.
Defend them when someone tries to run them down.
Entertain them. They like to have fun, too!
Family. Allow them to have a family life.
Genuine. Be honest with them. Be yourself around them.
Honor them. Don’t put them on a pedestal, but respect them.
Income. Pay them enough so money isn’t a concern.
Judge not! Avoid being critical.
Kind. Treat pastors as you want to be treated.
Love. See 1 Corinthians 13.
Maintain. Their families have the same needs as other families.
Nurture. Help them grow in grace.
Offer to help. The list of things you can do is endless.
Pray for them. Lift up their names to God daily.
Quelch not. Encourage instead!
Rejoice in and with them.
Surprise them — in little and big ways.
Trust them. Believe in them.
Understand them. Put yourself in their place.
Vacation. They need time away.
Welcome them into your home. Don’t wait for an invitation.
eXpend yourself, not them.
Yoke. Help them bear their burdens with grace and dignity.
Zap all gossip!