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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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Rights of a Pastor’s Spouse

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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I recently read an article that appeared in the Enrichment Journal entitled, “A Bill of Rights for a Pastor’s Spouse”. This article was written in response to a question asked, “Do you think being a pastor is a benefit or a hazard to your family life?”

bill of rightsAs the spouse of a pastor, you may feel like you do not have any rights but you will find after reading this piece that indeed you do. I have linked to the article in its entirety with permission from the publisher. Reflect on each point as you strive to become the best pastor’s spouse that you can be.

Click on link below to access the article “A Bill of Rights for a Pastor’s Spouse”.

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Pastor Tributes 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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A Godly Example 

by Alberta Fisher

I would like to share with you about the pastor that has had the greatest influence on me. His life is God-centered. He has a compassionate heart, helping and caring attitude and a genuine sense of humor. During difficult times, his quick wit and thoughtful words has helped me immensely. He is a wonderful speaker and excellent Bible teacher. There is no doubt in my mind that he lives what he preaches and teaches. He is loved by people of all ages. He relates effectively with a small child as well as those at the “mature” end of life. He is not judgmental and accepts everyone as God made them.

Yes, you may have figured out this individual is my pastor/husband, Rev. Richard Fisher. Sitting under his pastoral leadership for thirty plus years has been a blessing. He’s the best!!!

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Lord, You Gave Your Best

Pastor Appreciation, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr.

 My beloved Pastor, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr., 66 years old, went home to heaven June 27, 2012ne 27, 2012
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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.  This is the man who formally introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ, taught me salvation. the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and to trust in Jesus, a pivotal point that changed my life forever.

 I know he loved us all and we loved him just as much in return; he was a loyal encourager.  He was powerfully anointed, a mighty man of God.  In remembering him, with a lump in my throat, I realize that I miss his teasing humor, his honesty, and his humility.  He had a heart for the lost.  He would always remind us “don’t forget to tip the waitress” and “don’t forget the homeless.”

His sincerity, his love and kindness for the congregation, but mostly, his love for the Lord Jesus Christ, was apparent. He would preach a fiery sermon waltzing across the altar under the power of the Holy Spirit, an amazing supernatural transformation.  Definitely, Pastor walked the talk. He would always point us to Jesus Christ and stand in prayer with us.  He taught me to be a fighter, to confront and rebuke the enemy–always believe in the Word.  He once told me “he (satan) is the only one you can tell to go to hell!”

Miss you Pastor.  Until we meet again in heaven’s gate, I await.

Father God, after your son, Jesus Christ,[1] you gave me your best.

Thank you.



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[1] 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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A Heart for Souls

Leaving a church you have attended for 53 years is a traumatic experience, but sometimes God has to do drastic things to get you out of a situation that He wants you removed from.  We visited a few churches, before my wife and I visited Lindenwald Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio.  We were greeted warmly and respectfully by several members and staff.  The music program was a good mix of traditional and contemporary Christian songs and the message was uplifting.  An altar call was given in a way that encouraged the lost to know where they stood with God and inviting others to unite with this church to serve.  Pastor Randy J. Moore greeted the congregation and visitors at the end of the service and he immediately recognized us as visitors, even though there were 300 or so in attendance.  He talked to us for a few moments and invited us back for the Sunday evening service (we returned).  Within a few days he called and talked on the phone for several minutes, making us feel important.  At the next service, he asked if he could come and visit with us in our home.  He is not a big dog person but he tolerated our dog.  One of the first things he asked was for me to share my relationship with Christ and how I came to know Him.  This concern for my salvation and challenge for me to share it made me realize that this church that loved people and share Christ took their marching orders from the pastor.  Needless to say, we moved our membership to this congregation and have served there ever since.

Pastor Moore is a down to earth person who loves people and loves the Lord.  He preaches from the Bible and does not back down from controversial issues.  He shares what the Bible says and challenges the congregation to “believe the word of God, not the words of man.”  His message to Christians is growth and obedience and to the lost it is love, forgiveness and salvation.  He encourages all to use their gifts to serve in the church and to share their faith with family, friends and acquaintances.   Our church is very mission minded, supporting many mission works throughout the world.  His faith has made a difference in his family; two sons in the ministry and a third one has attended Bible College.  When he first came to the church 12 years ago, attendance was below 100; now 300-400 attend and serve weekly.  I guess we might be considered a large church but it has the feel of a small fellowship.

Denny Krall



From the Oil Wells to Wells of Life

In a time when my church was in turmoil, a new pastor came to town and into my life.  Rodney DeLoach brought stability to our church and helped show a 16 year old boy that being faithful in Sunday School and a “good boy” was not enough in God’s eyes.  He showed me that all are sinners and that I needed my sins forgiven and that Jesus “is the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through (Jesus).”  I accepted Christ as my savior and my pastor became my mentor.  He showed me how to serve the Lord with my life and talents.  He challenged me to grow in my daily and to help others find Christ through a youth Sunday school class. He provided resources to help me be a more effective teacher and leader and, eventually, husband and father.

When he stepped down as our pastor in in the late 1980’s, he demonstrated to me that God does not have a retirement plan for His children.  Rodney filled pulpits for several years in Ohio before moving back to Texas to be near much of his family.  There he has been interim pastor of a few churches and now, at 89 years old, still teaches a Sunday School class.  He has authored several salvation tracts and first steps for new Christian tracts.  He has written a few Spanish tracts for the immigrants in in his community and has sent them to whoever will share them with the lost.

He recently visited with family and friends in the mid-west and spent a few days in our home. We shared and laughed and fellowshipped and he even stood in line with me at Chick-fil-A to support their freedom of speech.  He has been a true blessing in my life and was a true shepherd to God church in Hamilton, Ohio.

Denny Krall



What is a pastor to me? In my case it is Pastor Kent Parson and he’s been my pastor for more than 15 years. I look for him to retire someday soon as he’s talked about it several years, trying to prepare us for when that day comes. I think that is so good of him to love us so much that he wants us prepared for his departure and to look for another man of God to lead our church. He has professed so many times how much he loves to stand and preach God’s word and how he depends on God to do it, and many times shared with us his salvation experience, which I never get tired of hearing.

Bro. Kent Parson has impacted me in all areas of thought, feelings, emotions, spiritual self, especially about being in the Lord’s army! In very clear terms he has stated that we NEVER retire from God’s army no matter what age we are. We are NEVER too old, spent or useless and he uses biblical people in God’s word to drive that knowledge home. He says “I’d rather wear out than rust out.” He is a fine example to follow and he has been a great leader and head of the church. He is my Pastor and friend, not just a preacher. I look for him to wear out in the work of the Lord long after he does retire!

Respectfully yours in Christ,

Lily Brenner!/AccountableChristianEncouragement


Please feel free to share a tribute in the comment section below to a pastor who has impacted your life.

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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I Thessalonians 5:12-13 states, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  Be at peace among yourselves.”

October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month”. This appreciation is often shown either on a given Sunday or on a designated Sunday of the month.  A pastor most certainly does not serve in ministry to receive recognition but he/she appreciates when it is given.

Following is a list of ideas for ways to honor your pastor/minister:

Gift Ideas:

  • Do NOT give your pastor a Bible (unless s/he asks for one; the pastor probably already has a whole bookcase full);
  • A subscription to his/her favorite magazine;
  • A gift certificate for his/her favorite restaurant;
  • A gym / health club membership;
  • A date night (e.g. dinner/show) inclusive baby-sitting;
  • A week-end getaway, fully paid;
  • Artwork with engraving;
  • Love offering.

Additional Ideas:

  • Submit to local press an article on how you appreciate your pastor;
  • Grant him/her a sabbatical;
  • A certificate and/or plaque honoring their years of service; or
  • A huge card signed by everybody in the church

Joke gifts: 

  • A superman/woman cape (with Pastor’s Initials) or
  • A watch with alarm (to keep sermons short)

Remember: It doesn’t matter how  elaborate or simple a method you use to esteem your pastor, the important thing is to do it.

The following “I Saw Pastor Dancing Video” is one way a church was able to honor their pastor: Please follow the link to view the video.

In honor of all pastors, I have asked some special friends of mine to give their thoughts on a pastor who has had a great influence on their life. Be sure to check out the following “Tributes to Pastors” and follow the links to the individual sites to find out more about their ministry.

To read tributes to pastors click link below.

Pastor Tributes 2012 

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Does My Pastor Care?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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Do you feel all alone in your Christian walk? Are you aware that others within the Christian community care about you and your spiritual growth? I cannot speak for others within the church but, as the wife of a pastor, I most assuredly know that the pastor cares for you. I have listed a few statements that are so true regarding a pastor/parishioner Christian relationship:

1. Your pastor loves you as a member of the flock and fellow Christian. He/she has you “in their heart” and desires the best for you in all things. When you hurt, they hurt. When you rejoice, they rejoice. The pastor’s desire is to make all things beautiful in your life. They are disappointed when they can’t fix all things for you.

2. The pastor doesn’t expect perfection from you but does at least expect to see some degree of spiritual growth. Even if the growth is “baby steps”, he/she wants you to do the best that you can to give your all for God. Your pastor wants God to be honored and glorified through your life and witness. When you honor God through your life, the pastor fills honored as well.

3. Respect for your pastor is appreciated even if you don’t always agree with everything they do. Positive words do much to encourage them to do a better job in their ministry.

4. Pastors like to be remembered on their special days (birthdays, anniversaries, etc). They feel the same as you when someone remembers those important events in your life.

5. Share important things happening in your life with your pastor. Sometimes he/she is the last one to know of these special things. You tell your family and friends but your pastor delights in hearing them as well.

6. Your pastor is human and makes mistakes. Appreciate his/her efforts to please God first and then the church.

7. The pastor covets your prayers.

I am sure there are many more ways the love and concern of your pastor is displayed but I mention these only to affirm how special you are to your pastor. The pastor needs you and you need them. Although God’s love for His church cannot be measured, your pastor’s love for you cannot be expressed in words either. Think about this the next time you are discouraged in your Christian walk.

Begin now to think of ways to honor your pastor.

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Resume of a Pastoral Candidate

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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An acquaintance of my husband and I is an interim pastor for a small congregation. Some of his duties include the reviewing of the incoming resumes submitted for the pastoral position of that particular church. Although many resumes had been presented to the Search Committee, it seemed they consistently disqualified each candidate for one reason or another.

The interim pastor was pondering whether those on the Pastoral Search Committee were even prayerfully considering the applications or just tossing out the applicants for a sundry of reasons.

As the interim pastor presented three more resumes to them, they immediately tossed aside one of the resumes. Why would they do that so quickly?

Some noted points on his resume included: tentmaker, highly educated, persecuted. This particular person had also been in prison several times, shipwrecked on a remote island, was very outspoken and had persecuted Christians and was labeled a Pharisee of Pharisees. He also had recurrent pain with an unidentified illness. He was unmarried (you mean, no pastor’s wife?). Yet, he had been able to accomplish much for God and lead many to the Lord. He did not fit the mold of what a church expected a pastoral candidate to be but had an effective ministry. Yes, you may have figured out by now that resume was one of the Apostle Paul.

A funny illustration but it is so true. Would you have the same reaction? Would you have discounted his resume also? Would you judge someone simply because they had not fit into your stereotype or because they had used a different method to reach the lost? John 7:24John 7:24
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24 Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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admonishes us, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” Romans 14:13Romans 14:13
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13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge ye this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock in his brother's way, or an occasion of falling.

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I don’t want to have a judgmental heart or be a stumbling block – do you?

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The Pastoral Call

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Making a move to a new church and congregation as a pastor’s family can be a daunting task. No matter how many times you have done it (I have done it several times), there are lots of things to consider and much time is put into the preparation process.

When you first sense that God is leading you to make a change in your ministry, a person begins the process of checking for various pastoral/ministry openings in your specific denomination. This can be accomplished by searching through web site postings, postings in newsletters of the denomination or by word of mouth.

Then you begin the arduous task of sending your resume and other related information requested via e-mail or through snail mail (the postal service).  Sometimes if the church is interested in hearing a message that the minister has preached, they may request a sermon in some type of digital form.  My husband had great success in recording his sermon on the Internet through and then informing that interested church how to access it. This is advantageous because it can be listened to by everyone on the Committee at a single setting and does not have to make the individual rounds through the Pastor Search Committee. Once the letters have been sent, the waiting game begins.

The initial telephone call or e-mail contact from an interested Pastoral Search Committee is always exciting. At this point, they may ask for additional information or may just want to set up a time for you to share more about your ministry either in person or through a conference call. Mission accomplished! The process has begun. Even though you can barely contain your excitement, you know you must be diligent on your end. So you start looking up information about the church on the Internet, including finding a picture of the church and seeking out other information on the church’s website, if one is available. We even went so far as to do a Google Earth search of the church to see what it looked like and to check out the area surrounding the church. We made telephone contact with the area director of that particular church to see if we could glean information about the church, its programs, the congregation and the potential for growth.

Once you have the date lined up and the logistics of the candidation process is identified, it is important to seek God’s will in the appropriate sermon to be delivered on the Sunday you candidate. Many churches will also have a special time of fellowship designated to meeting and greeting a new pastoral candidate and his family. Just a note: they are checking you out and you are checking them out!

Most churches will then take a vote at a designated time following this service and decide if you are the right person for their congregation. Simultaneously, you will be deciding if they are the perfect fit for your ministry should they give you the call to come as their pastor.

The call comes. They offer you the position. You accept.

Then the work begins!!!!!

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Recycled Christmas Gifts

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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As I recently sorted through a box of knick-knack gift items I had received throughout the years, my thoughts turned toward a humorous gift-giving blunder of a fellow pastor.

My husband and I were driving with another couple to a church meeting in early January. Both men were in the front and the other pastor’s wife and I were seated in the back. As expected, the conversation was non-stop; sometimes the men talking together, women having their own conversation or all joining together in discussions about various topics.

My husband just happened to mention to his colleague that he had received many really nice free gifts in the mail from various companies trying to push their products to the church. My husband unintentionally identified one by one some of the different free items he had received. The atmosphere soon changed to almost complete silence. The other minister was afraid to speak. But out of the stillness, his wife said, “So, that is where you got all the nice things you gave me for Christmas.” Evidently she had recognized the same gifts my husband was stating as some of the ones she had received as presents. Needless to say, the conversation quickly changed.

Perhaps our minister-friend was not able to afford to buy his wife a gift but, whatever the reason, he had the best intentions. I only hope his wife saw the humor in it. This discussion never came up again in any of our future conversations.

A purchased gift or a recycled gift? It doesn’t matter as long as it is given from the heart.

Did you know that we have received the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ? He loves us unconditionally as we accept His free gift of eternal life. His love for us is not recycled – it is genuine.

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Truckin’ Pastor

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

We recently had the privilege to move from one state to assume a pastorate in a location three states away. For those of you who have not ridden almost 700 miles in a  moving truck pulling a car transport behind, it is quite an experience.

My pastor/husband is a wonderful minister but truck driving is not his expertise. He was okay driving in the forward position but doing anything in reverse was a different story. Every stop for gas (which were many) had to be done in such a way where the truck did not have to be backed up. Sometimes he refused to even stop at certain stations because he didn’t think he could do so safely.

Even with the seat pulled up as close as it could be, my feet would not even touch the gas pedal, so it was out of the question for me to take a turn at driving. That was the price to pay for being only 5’2” tall. Somehow I dealt with it, though!

You do not realize how bumpy some of the highways are until you are riding in a big 26-foot truck. It was more fun than a ride at a theme park. I thought the milk I drank was going to churn itself into butter. The volume of the truck itself kept any attempts at a normal conversation impossible. A person had to yell just to be heard.

We arrived safely the next day after spending the night at a motel with a large lot suitable for parking these types of vehicles. We were so glad to get this monstrosity unloaded, return it to the company and get back in our car. A trip like this is not something we would want to do on a regular basis.

Our move reminded me that no matter where we go or what we do God is always with us. Thank God for His love and care for us in whatever situation we find ourselves even if it is Truckin’ Pastor and Pastor’s Wife.

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Shepherd of the Flock

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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I recently scanned the comment section of a religious magazine that I read on a regular basis. One comment was to an article which had previously appeared in the magazine regarding a pastor’s family. Even though I had not read the original piece, I caught the jest of it with the author indicating that her pastor/husband should put his family first before his ministry and that their church fully understood this concept.

The person giving the comment strongly disagreed with this representation of a pastor. She felt the shepherd of the flock should put God first and let God take care of his family’s needs. This is truly a distorted view of shepherding the flock!

This individual was indicating that a pastor should sacrifice the needs of his own family for those of others in his church. In contrast, God expects a pastor to care for and nurture his own family and instruct them in ways of the Lord. As this strong relationship is developed, he can more effectively minister to those within his church and the community.

I don’t believe the commenting individual was trying to portray selfish behavior on her part regarding a parishioner/pastor relationship but simply had a pre-conceived idea of what a pastor should be. After all, isn’t his family part of his flock as well?

Value the shepherd (pastor) of the flock (church) you are in. Encourage him daily as he feeds you, takes care of you, carries you in his prayers and heart when you need help and most of all loves you. Allow him time to be with his family and thus become a better pastor.

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