I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that giving a shout out or a thumbs up to your pastor on social media is a quick and very easy way of affirming and appreciating the job that he/she is doing. Most of us have Facebook accounts. Many have Twitter, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn accounts. It would be the work of a couple of seconds to make a post or send a hashtag message telling the world that you appreciate your pastor(s), your church, or a particular message.
I just checked my Facebook newsfeed; I watched a video with cute baby goats, saw that someone was eating lunch (using a selfie stick I might add), was encouraged to take up a squat challenge (don’t ask), read six or seven sort of funny memes, two friends encouraged me to pray, and one friend just checked into Starbucks. I know that my feed is constantly updated, but so far no one on this Monday afternoon (you’re reading this on a Friday but I wrote it on a Monday) mentioned that they appreciated yesterday’s church service or thanked their worship leader for leading them into the presence of the Lord. I’m not being judgmental or preachy here; I’m just saying that there is plenty of room on social media to care for your pastor by way of a post, tweet, or whatever else your social site of choice calls an update.
It is probably very likely that your pastor is on Facebook. Most churches have a Facebook page, so let’s start there. If you wrote a post thanking your pastor for the hard work that he/she does every day to serve your church I’ll bet that several of your friends would like the post or would add a comment. If you added your pastor’s name or your church’s name to the post your pastor will be notified that he/she was mentioned. I know your pastor will enjoy reading all of the nice things people will say. I certainly enjoy it when people like something I wrote or say kind words when I change my profile picture or add a picture of one of my insanely adorable grandchildren. I call them cyber-hugs.
So, #whatdoyousay? Can you give your pastor a shout out, thumbs up, or cyber-hug today? #Sureyoucan. #Itiseasy. #Everybodylovestofeelappreciated!
*I recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry. I try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun. The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse. I hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.