In last week’s post, we talked about why the church should even have elders. This week, we want to address how you should treat your elders (pastor included) in response.

First, pray that they would continue to grow as a follower of Jesus (see Hebrews 13:18).

Pray for their marriages, for their spouses and kids. Ask God to protect them, and plead with God to give them greater wisdom to pastor well. Please pray for them.

Second, trust and submit to your elders.

Trust and submit to your pastor (see Hebrews 13:17). I know it might be hard, but obey and submit. Now, the Bible does not call for blind obedience. No; you should test everything I say with Scripture. But as you test, do not automatically assume that your elders are wrong. Instead, give them deference. Trust what they say and have a posture of submission.  

Third, honor your elders.

Honor your pastor (see 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). The Bible commands you to respect and esteem your elders. The reason being because that they are giving you their life to provide for you spiritually and to protect you spiritually.

So, let me give some example s of what this looks like. What does it look like to honor your elders, to honor your pastor?  

First, make their job enjoyable.

Let them do their job with joy (see Hebrews 13:17). Make the pastor’s job enjoyable. Nothing brings them greater joy than seeing you do these things.  

Second, pay them (see 1 Timothy 5:17-18).

The Bible commands that churches provide for their pastors financially. Just as pastors provide for their church’s spiritually, the church is to provide for their pastor financially. Do you see that? Now hear me out: I am not suggesting that pastors are to be paid six figures. Not at all. Sadly, many pastors get paid more than they should. Quite frankly, many pastors rob their church with how much they get paid. That is not what I am suggesting. But pastors should be paid.  

Third, protect them.

Protect your pastor by praying for him and by refusing to engage in slander against him, and if others engage in gossip or slander, challenge them and refuse to participate.

Have other ideas about how to care and support your elders and pastor(s)? We want to know! Share them in the comments below.

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