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50 Reasons We Appreciate Our Pastors

“. . . has encouraged me to pursue my own calling to ministry.”

—Thomas, Charlotte, NC

“. . . He has graciously walked beside me through my husband’s final brief illness and death. They had become close friends, so the service he led for my husband was both personal and God-glorifying. In the aftermath of the death of my mate and adjusting to the many changes that come with that life-altering event, he and his family have embraced me into their own family. God’s love has been showered on me by my pastor, his wife and their children.”

—Shelby, Russellville, AR

“. . . makes me feel like I am part of the body of Christ and allows me to use my talents despite my disability.”

—Paul, Bedford, VA

“. . . seeks to continue learning and he has worked to practically equip the saints for the work of ministry in small-group ministry.

—Christiana, Rocklin, CA

“. . . spends so much time in prayer and study so that he can accurately teach God’s Word to the best of his ability. He preaches the Bible, not his opinion and he is centered on the gospel.”

—Christie, Princeton, ME

“. . . consistently shows tremendous passion for the Lord and for the spread of the gospel. He treasures the Word and the people he serves. And he writes hymns for our congregation to sing!”

—Erin, Jackson, TN

“. . . is growing spiritually. He is not only my dad but my friend, my mentor, my preacher and my hero.”

—Zarah May, Butan City, Phillipines

“. . . has been humble enough to acknowledge his sins and failures to us as a congregation, and he has faithfully and accurately taught us the Word of God.”

—Chris, Orange, CA

“. . . faithfully prays for me.”

—Joel, Hicksville, OH

“. . . is easily reachable to talk about challenges and to pray. As a missionary living overseas, it can be easy to feel disconnected from our support in the States. It is an important thing to feel connected to people back in the U.S. and I cherish my relationship with my pastor.”

—Scott, Mansfield, TX

“. . . takes time to seek God for direction in ministry. I also admire the way that he has made an effort to build a leadership team in our church over the past few years.”

—Caleb, Panama City, Panama

“. . . has served wholeheartedly a low income neighborhood in our community that is devastated by drugs, alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect. He exemplifies the word servant and has shown Christ to all of us watching.“

—Gina, Escanaba, MI

“. . . is willing to walk through the valleys with me, as well as celebrate the victories. He challenges me and encourages me. He sets a good example of what it is to follow Christ and lead others.”

—Nathan, Flint, MI

“. . . strives to be balanced in his approach to topics in the Bible and culture. He is always thoughtful and nuanced in the responses that he gives to my questions and the questions of others in our church. I know he invests a lot of time studying and reading the Bible and it shows in his preaching and teaching.”

—Jenny, Fletcher, NC

“. . . is not ashamed of preaching the ‘whole counsel of God.’ I’ve been attending the church for over a year and every message has been challenging, convicting and always points to the cross.”

—Manny, Owasso, OK

“. . . is not above getting in the trenches and doing the physical work. He leads by example, doing himself what he asks others to do.”

—Brian, North Little Rock, AR

“. . . makes space for God (and for us) by helping us slow down and listen carefully, prayerfully, and expectantly to what God is saying to us through his Word and his people.”

—Don, Lake Forest, IL

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