How to Write a Letter to Your Pastor

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With the rise of social media and mobile phones, contacting your pastor is easier than ever. However, you may not always want to call him or write him a Facebook post. Some requests, such as a letter of withdrawal, might be better communicated in a written letter. While writing a letter to your pastor isn't complicated, you'll want to write it clearly so that your pastor understands it and is able to take appropriate action.

1 Research

Research any guidelines or suggestions that might be applicable in writing the letter. For example, your pastor may prefer certain verbiage if you are writing a letter of Confirmation or withdrawing from the church. You can usually find these guidelines in your church's bylaws or on its Web site.

2 Your pastor

Date the letter and address your pastor by name. Use a title if your pastor prefers and attach it to his first or last name. For example, you might write “Dear Reverend Campbell.”

3 Explain the reason

Explain the reason you are writing the letter. Be brief. If you're writing a letter of withdrawal from church membership, tell your pastor why you're withdrawing by explaining the situation that caused your withdrawal. Explain that you'd like the letter kept on record for the church's future reference.

4 End the letter

End the letter by writing “Sincerely” and signing your name. If you are requesting a response from your pastor, be sure to leave contact information in the form of an email address or phone number.

Colby Stream has been a writer since 2007. His work has appeared in "The Arbiter," the student newspaper of Boise State University, as well as various websites. Stream graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication as a presidential civic leadership scholar.