Q+A :: What to Say to a New Pastor

Q+AWhat should I say in a welcome speech to a new pastor and his family?
- Justin :: Louisiana

My advice is speak from your heart and be honest. Accentuate on the positives, and if there aren’t any, maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all. If I was a new pastor, some things I would love to hear are:

  • We are glad you are here.
  • We support you.
  • This is exciting!
  • Is there anything we can do to help you?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Thank you for coming to serve our church.

Remember that there is power in whatever words you choose to say. As Proverbs 18:21 (The Message) says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” I recommend using this opportunity to give your new pastor heartfelt support and encouragement.

For Discussion:
- Do you have any tips on giving a welcome speech to a new pastor?

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