Neal Pollard

–Look for the lonely and reach out to them.

–Pay attention to the (small) details and acknowledge what others miss.

–Don’t miss the bashful and shy.

–Listen closely to what’s going on in people’s lives.


–Pray for opportunities to encourage.

–At times, encourage anonymously.

–Remember those who are usually behind the scenes.

–Put yourself in the place of others.

–See through Christlike eyes.

–Find happiness in encouraging and joy in others enjoying encouragement.

–Consider encouragement a sacred duty.

–Do an act of service for an unsuspecting other.

–Be a meaningful, genuine complimenter free of selfish motives.

–Remember that encouragers are church growers.

–Don’t overlook the frustrated (young parents, teens, unemployed, newly divorced).

–Mentally walk a mile in the potentially encouraged’s shoes.

–Find exciting, unusual ways to make someone’s day.

–Appreciate the value of a handwritten note or card (especially in our virtual world).

–Reach out to the “marginalized” (new members, the poor, those who attend alone, theelderly, widows, widowers, etc.)


  1. This is a great list!
    If I may, I would like to add one more and make this 21 tips.

    “Encourage the faithful!”

    Some people are good at looking for the hurting, the lonely, and the new Christians, but they neglect to encourage the faithful to continue and endure. If we wait until the faithful worker becomes discouraged, (or until we notice he has become discouraged) it may be difficult to build him back up. Waiting until someone becomes discouraged is some times too late.

    Unfortunately, there are too few in the church that really go out of their way to encourage others. If we could get Christians to have genuine concern for others (physically, emotionally and spiritually), the church (and individual congregations) would grow! Our visible display of love for one another is how the world will know we are followers of Christ (John 13:35)! As it says in this list, “encouragers are church growers”!

    Thanks again for sharing these twenty tips!

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