Originally posted on October 27, 2013.
What is the key factor that contributes to pastors being fulfilled in their calling? According to research conducted by Hessel J. Zondag, it’s simple: knowing that you are making a difference in peoples’ lives. Pastors will endure a lot so long as they know that what they are doing is making a difference.
Thank your pastor. Don’t be vague, or just say, “Thanks for all you do.” Tell the pastors you love HOW they have made a difference in your life (and a gift card to their favorite restaurant sure doesn’t hurt).
© Steve Dunmire 2013
Dr. Steve Dunmire is an ordained pastor, a commissioned ministry coach, and Director of the Office of Ministry Resources at Houghton College (Houghton, NY). He is also the director and an instructor of Houghton’s “Equipping for Ministry” program offering non-degree courses for ordination & personal enrichment.