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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Although it is not an official holiday, October is generally considered “Pastor Appreciation Month” in many churches with the second Sunday designated as “Pastor Appreciation Day”.

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.I Thessalonians 5:12, 13

pastorA pastor’s role is to equip people in the church and encourage church members to reach their Godly potential. There are times when a pastor can feel disappointment and discouragement. Yet there are even more days the pastor understands how important the ministry is in meeting the needs of parishioners and also in pleasing God.

Begin now to think of ways to minister to your pastor during “Pastor Appreciation Month.” However, the greatest present you can give him/her is your unconditional love, support and prayer. Conjure up unique ways to show appreciation to your pastor not only during the month of October but every day of the year.

I have attached a link to Focus on the Family’s guide for “Clergy Appreciation Month”. Check it out for ideas.

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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Even though a pastor does not serve in ministry to receive the accolades of others, the greatest privilege a pastor can have is to serve a congregation of grateful people and to feel loved.

Honoring spiritual leaders is a concept found throughout the Bible. I Timothy 5:17 NAS admonishes us, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and teaching.”

October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month”. Some churches are creative in the ways in which they show appreciation and others use more traditional methods. Whether a church has a certain Sunday in October or designates each Sunday of the month, the most important thing is to express appreciation to your pastor.

We have been blessed throughout our ministry years by serving churches with appreciative hearts.  Some have found unique ways in which to show their love. Often a church is able to key in on certain things that interest the pastor (e.g. fishing, hunting, photography, etc.) and give gifts related to his/her interests. My husband has a standing joke about being able to fix anything with duct tape. Thus, he has received duct tape as a gift (with a gift card attached) and received one present that was sealed shut with duct tape. Humorous as it sounds, this helped personalize the congregation’s show of appreciation.

There are many web sites available to give ideas on things you can do for your pastor during “Pastor Appreciation Month”. Be creative and individualize it. If you cannot think of anything personally to do, let me offer just one suggestion. Just say, “Thank you, Pastor. We appreciate you.” That will indeed put a smile on their face.

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