52 Ways: #48

52ways[1]Call his* wife and ask what kind of pizza they like.  Order it, pay for it, and have it sent to your pastor’s home.

I really like this week’s way to care for and bless your pastor and his family because it has to do with pizza and who doesn’t like pizza? Am I right?  Even if your pastor or a family member is gluten intolerant there are gluten-free pizza options available out there.  It is a quick, easy, and practical way to show your pastor that you care.

But it really isn’t just about pizza is it?  It is about consideration.  The gesture says “I’ve been thinking about you and your family and want to be a blessing in a small way.”  It is a small gesture in the grand scheme of things, but all of these types of small gestures add up in a big way.

It’s all about the small things, folks.

It is easy to view the man up front each week as something super human.  He is always upbeat and positive.  He always has it together.  His wife is always smiling and his kids are always usually well behaved and well dressed.

Um, not so much.

He gets cranky.  Quite often he feels inadequate for the job at hand.  He gets discouraged at times and some days he drags himself home from a rough day putting out lots of fires in the church.  By the way, this isn’t just true of the senior pastor.  All ministry leaders from every department have rough days.

Now imagine as he walks in the door of his home he smells the familiar aroma of his favorite Chicago-style deep dish pizza.  He sees his favorite draft (root)beer sitting at his place at the table in a frosty mug.  With a surprised voice he asks his wife if it is a special occasion.

“No.  I got a call from the new family in church, you know, Frank and Becky with the three little girls?  Well, Frank said he just wanted to bless your day and asked if he could order us our favorite pizza for dinner tonight.  He paid for it and had it delivered right to our door!  He even had them include a six pack of your favorite (root)beer!  How thoughtful was that!”

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  Fun for the recipient and fun for the one giving the pizza.

So what do you think of this very simple way to show your pastor (senior, youth, music, seniors…………….just pick one!) that you care?

 

*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.

 

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