I have been in many churches who know how to treat their pastors well, but some do not. Many search committees go after some guy from out of town, move him far from family and friends, only to treat him like he and his family do not exist (except when they have a complaint or want you to earn your keep). The same applies for those who serve in associate roles. I am almost opposed to churches calling pastors from far away, but I digress.
How do you plan to treat your pastor and his family this Christmas? Do you hope that they will go out of town so you don’t have to be nice? Do you plan to find out how they will spend Christmas? Do you plan to include them in kind gestures? Have you thought about their financial status and if they will be able to fund Christmas? These are legitimate things to consider.
I also want you to realize that they are normal people. Your pastor may like a gift other than a giant KJV family Bible. His wife may want something other than a Beth Moore series, and his children might appreciate something other than Veggie Tales. I’m not knocking any of these things, but I want to bring to light that your pastor and family may very well have wanted to see Garth Brooks in concert last month, watch the latest movie in the theater, or spend a week at Dollywood. I have the title “Reverend” in front of my name, but I still like to watch Tyler Perry movies. I’m human and have a sense of humor. I guarantee your pastor and his family may also be human.
So, this Christmas, reach out to your pastor and family. Make sure they aren’t alone for Christmas. This year, many of them will be wearing themselves out having Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. They might appreciate you bringing them a Christmas meal. They are your family too because of Christ. I challenge you to consider how you can be a blessing to your pastor, staff members, and their families year round.