I have been a pastor for a long time. Over the years, I have worked with many other pastors and volunteers on a myriad of projects. My pastoral co-workers at Freshwater are a huge blessing because they are passionately dedicated to their work. It never ceases to amaze me how many staff and volunteers give so much for the cause of Christ. But here is my beef. I need to admit that I loathe pastors who have lost touch with the workload their volunteers deal with daily. Let me explain.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to be people builders. Romans 15:2 says, “We should consider the good of our neighbor and build up his character.” Everyone needs encouragement, and if you are a leader, you are responsible to give it. So how do you encourage others?
Rick Warren is a pastor who believes in building people up. I read an article that he wrote several years ago, and he listed four ways that he builds people up; and I try to keep this list close because I want to be a people building person. I hope you do to. I took his list and made my own comments. My intention in sharing it with you is to help you become a people builder. Here are four ways to build others up.