Be examples. Nothing makes a preacher more credible than changed lives. Period. They are the proof that the words he shares each week carry power and truth. If you want to know the best way to support your preaching pastor, here it is—be an example of the truths he preaches about.
Be there. I know this may sound a bit obvious, but another way to support your preaching pastor is through consistent attendance. Some weeks I feel as though I blew it. But seeing people filter back into church the next week demonstrates that I am making a difference and helps give me the desire to share God’s truth again. Your consistent attendance will say more to your pastor than your words ever could.
Be interested. When a pastor feels like his people are interested in the message, it helps him preach with more confidence. Confidence frees him to be himself. Eye contact, posture, mannerisms, and quietness all convey interest. Show interest and chances are, it will help him be more interesting.
Be pleasant. Ever walk into a church that was unpleasant? Most of us have and our experience could be summed up in one word--awkward. Preaching to a congregation that doesn’t look pleasant is similar. It makes you want to hurry through the sermon. It makes you uncomfortable. It quenches the Spirit. Don’t let your sour emotions or to-do lists keep you from looking pleasant. Smile. Listen intently. Refuse to scowl. Who knows? Maybe by the end of the service you won’t have anything left to scowl about!?
Be energetic. Preachers feed off energetic crowds. Yes, we derive our strength from the Lord. But we also have to stared into people’s faces for an hour. When those people are excited, it fills a preachers reservoir and helps him enjoy preaching. (PS. This is especially true of churches that have more than one service.)
Be thoughtful. Remind your pastor of past sermons that have helped you spiritually. Explain how God used a truth he shared that day to teach you something new or address an area you will be working on in the future. This thoughtfulness demonstrates that people are growing as a result of his preaching and helps him want to preach more.
Be careful. Small things like yawning, whispering, or checking your cell phone during church tend to punch holes in a preachers fuel tank. He may still drive for forty minutes, but he won’t have the power or acceleration he could have had otherwise. Be careful not to allow yourself to indulge in habits that would distract your preacher or others in the congregation from the message God has laid on his heart.