Amy Noel Green
Pastor Appreciation Challenge Week Two: A different kind of feedback.
It is week two of our pastor appreciation challenge, inspired by October being pastor appreciation month. 70% of pastors report that they have a lower self-image now than when they started. I can't say that I'm particularly surprised. Pastors receive a lot of "feedback" from their congregation, most of it a little less than encouraging. This week, if you're up for the challenge, you're going to provide a different kind of feedback.
When you go to church on Sunday, take notes of the entire service. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, jot down everything you notice that impresses you.
Pastors are quick to hear when something isn't working at church, but people rarely compliment them on the systems they've put in place that are working well. Are the greeters friendly? Is the coffee delicious? Was a joke funny? Did worship draw you into the presence of God? Did you learn something from the sermon? Was your pastor, kind, warm, welcoming, inspiring, thoughtful, joyful, patient, or loving?
Basically, think of yourself as a movie reviewer, or a restaurant critic. You're a church reviewer this week, only, you are only going to comment on the things that impress you!
After church, hand your notes to the pastor, or take the time to organize them and type up a nice report. Either way, your encouragement will bless your pastor, and you might be surprised how many things are going really well at your church that you never took the time to appreciate before!
If you complete this challenge, let us know in the comments. Or, take a photo of your notes to share with us, so we can all share your pride in the ways your church is thriving.
Amy Noel Green is a conference and keynote speaker. She is a writer and game designer who has received international press attention for her work on the video game about her son Joel, That Dragon, Cancer.