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The Best Way to Appreciate Your Pastors

In 2000, I had the privilege of spending several days in South Korea. I met and interviewed Pastor David Yonggi Cho and attended his church, Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul (the world’s largest), as well as Prayer Mountain, the complex where thousands pray daily. I also saw something remarkable in another church that has stayed with me ever since.

Full Gospel Inchon Church, less than an hour from Seoul, was planted by Yoido Full Gospel in 1983. It became independent in 1990, ten years before I visited it. In 2000 the church counted more than 60,000 members.

The pastoral staff gave me a tour of the massive multistory edifice.

During the tour I heard a hum of commotion that became increasingly louder. When we arrived on the ground floor, I could tell it was the voices of several people.

After inquiring, I was ushered to the basement of the church. Here I found a miniature “Prayer Mountain” where prayer never ceases.

There were several individual cubicles. Shoes left outside the doors made it obvious which cubicles were in use — just like Prayer Mountain.

But the hum was coming from a larger prayer room where several people were gathered in vigorous corporate prayer.

I discovered this prayer room was always full of people. Anointed prayer ascends 24/7. That’s impressive enough, but then I learned that those in this room engage in only one kind of prayer — intercession for the pastors of the church. Anytime, day or night, the pastors know they are being held up in prayer.

Since then, I have often told this story wherever I preach and have called for congregations to pray for their pastors. I have seen some remarkable prayer times, and received commitments from each congregation to pray intentionally and often for their pastors.

I’m convinced this is the very best and most effective way to show “pastor appreciation.” It will bolster their ministry and strengthen your church.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

Ken Horn

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