Several years ago, my wife and I each took a spiritual gifts test. Not surprisingly, hospitality was not one of our spiritual gifts. Giving, however, was a gift that we both possessed.
About two years ago, I felt God impress upon me that Andrea and I should take extra effort to bless the staff of our church, GracePoint. I had recently received a bonus from work, and we decided to use several hundred dollars of it to buy gift certificates for the church staff.
I had recently heard about someone who paid for their pastor’s membership to the YMCA every year. What a great idea! I was also inspired by all the stories from my brother-in-law, Shannon, who is a pastor. The first church that he served had incredibly generous people. People from the church were always giving him gifts like suits, food, gift certificates, etc…
I would assume that most people in full-time ministry are in the same boat. They hopefully have a very spiritually rewarding career, but are not necessarily financially rewarded – some televangelists excluded… They make far less money than their hard work and talent would earn them in the business world. In fact, a surprising number of GP’s staff quit their non-church jobs to work at GP. Some of them took huge pay cuts to do so. But I’ve heard them say that they’ve never regretted it.
A few days ago, God reminded me that Andrea and I weren’t doing our part to support those in ministry. Do you think God might be calling you to do more for the staff at your church?
Are you praying for your church stuff regularly? Andrea does, but I need to do more.
Do you thank them and tell them how much they mean to you? They endure a lot of criticism and live life under a microscope. A little pick-me-up goes a long way.
Do you have the financial means to bless the staff in more tangible ways? Here’s some ideas: restaurant gift certificates, book store gift certificates, department store gift certificates, tickets to the movies or a sporting event or a concert, an Ipod, a new laptop, annual membership to the YMCA, even a new car.
Feel free to add a comment with other suggestions