It’s no small duty to be called by God as a pastor, clergy, or church leader, but the scripture is filled with encouragement to strengthen the shepherds for their spiritual mission. Share these Bible Verse for pastors to encourage, show appreciation, and pray for your leaders (and pastor’s wives).
Scriptures about Pastors, Preachers, and Church Leaders
- 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells pastors told to preach the Word of God.
- Joshua 1:9 God commands Joshua to be courageous.
- Acts 20:28 Paul tells pastors to keep a spiritual watch over their own lives and the church.
- Philippians 2:3 Humility Bible verse for church leaders.
- Galatians 6:6,9 Bible teachers deserve their share of blessings and will receive their spiritual reward for God.
- James 1:5-6 Scripture verse to encourage pastors.
- Isaiah 52:7 Beautiful are the feet of the preacher bringing good news.
- Hebrews 13:17 Christians should obey and submit to their pastors and church leaders.
- Colossians 3:16 Scripture blessing for clergy and Christian leaders.
- 1 Peter 4:11 Peter says the pastor must speak as an oracle prophet of God. Church leaders to serve in the strength of Jesus Christ.
- Romans 15:13 The power of the Holy Spirit for Christian service.
- 1 Timothy 5:17 Bible verse on elders and the calling to preach and teach in the church.
- FAQ about Pastors in the Bible
- More Scripture Study Reference on Pastors and Preaching
2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells pastors told to preach the Word of God.
2 Timothy 4:2
(ESV) preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
(KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
(MSG) so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.
(NIV) Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
(NLT) Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Joshua 1:9 God commands Joshua to be courageous.
(ESV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(KJV) Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
(MSG) Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.”
(NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(NLT) This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Acts 20:28 Paul tells pastors to keep a spiritual watch over their own lives and the church.
(ESV) Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
(KJV) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
(MSG) “Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.
(NIV) Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
(NLT) “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
Philippians 2:3 Humility Bible verse for church leaders.
(ESV) Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
(KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
(MSG) Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
(NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
(NLT) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Galatians 6:6,9 Bible teachers deserve their share of blessings and will receive their spiritual reward for God.
(ESV) Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
(KJV) Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
(MSG) Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.
(NIV) Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
(NLT) Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
(ESV) And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
(KJV) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(MSG) So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
(NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
(NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
James 1:5-6 Scripture verse to encourage pastors.
(ESV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
(KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
(MSG) If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.
(NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
(NLT) If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
(ESV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
(KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
(MSG) Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves.
(NIV) But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
(NLT) But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
Isaiah 52:7 Beautiful are the feet of the preacher bringing good news.
(ESV) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
(KJV) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
(MSG) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, Breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(NIV) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(NLT) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
Hebrews 13:17 Christians should obey and submit to their pastors and church leaders.
(ESV) Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
(KJV) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
(MSG) Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?
(NIV) Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
(NLT) Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
Colossians 3:16 Scripture blessing for clergy and Christian leaders.
(ESV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
(KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(MSG) Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God!
(NIV) Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
(NLT) Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
1 Peter 4:11 Peter says the pastor must speak as an oracle prophet of God. Church leaders to serve in the strength of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:11
(ESV) whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
(KJV) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(MSG) if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
(NIV) If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
(NLT) Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Romans 15:13 The power of the Holy Spirit for Christian service.
(ESV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(KJV) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
(MSG) Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
(NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(NLT) I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Timothy 5:17 Bible verse on elders and the calling to preach and teach in the church.
1 Timothy 5:17
(ESV) Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
(KJV) Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
(MSG) Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones who work hard at preaching and teaching.
(NIV) The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
(NLT) Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.
FAQ about Pastors in the Bible
Thank your pastor for their dedication and hard work. Let them know that you appreciate the time and effort they put into their sermons, and the spiritual guidance they offer. If you have any specific questions or topics you’d like your pastor to address, let them know! They’ll be glad to receive feedback from their congregants. Pastors are people too, and they appreciate positive reinforcement just like anyone else. Thanking your pastor is a good way to show your appreciation and support!
Pastor appreciation Sunday is typically the first Sunday of November. However, there is no official set date, so please check with your local church to see what they have planned. Thank you for your question!
One powerful Bible verse that talks about a pastor’s calling by God is Jeremiah 1:4-10. It reads, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go.”
It’s so important to encourage our pastor’s wives! They are such an important part of our church family, and often shoulder a lot of the burden for their husband’s ministry. Here are a few ways you can encourage your pastor’s wife: Pray for her regularly. Prayer is such a vital part of any relationship, and it’s especially important to pray for those who are in ministry. Ask God to bless her and give her wisdom, strength, and grace. Tell her how much you appreciate her. A simple “thank you” can go a long way in showing your pastor’s wife that you value everything she does for the church.
There are many ways that a church can encourage their pastor. Perhaps the most important way is simply by showing up to worship services and being active in the life of the church. This lets the pastor know that he or she is appreciated and needed. Additionally, churches can express their support through verbal encouragement, notes of thanks, and material gifts. By working together to make the church a warm and welcoming place, both pastors and congregations can thrive.
A church can choose a good pastor by being prayerful and discerning. They should pray for God’s guidance in who to choose, and then they should be diligent in studying the candidates. Pastors are not only responsible for preaching God’s Word, but they also have a large impact on the spiritual lives of their congregation. It is important to choose someone who is Biblically sound and able to teach God’s Word effectively. Additionally, the pastor should be someone who lives a godly life and models Christlikeness. The church board and congregation should also consider the candidate’s gifts and talents as well as his areas of strengths and weaknesses. It is important that the pastor can grow in his ministry.
There are many ways that a church can encourage their pastor. Here are just a few suggestions:
Pray for them regularly. This is one of the most important things you can do, as it covers them in prayer and reminds you to look to God for wisdom and guidance for your church leadership. Include them in church functions and activities outside of services. This helps them feel like a part of the church family and appreciated for their investment in the congregation. Show your appreciation frequently through words of encouragement, handwritten notes, cards, or small gifts given throughout the year. receptions or other special events hosted in their honor are also great ways to show how much you value their leadership.