At the onset let me just say that I am not writing this for self-serving purpose. Rather, for informing purpose.
The month of October is Pastors’ Appreciation Month. And the second Sunday of October is the National Clergy Appreciation Day. If you didn’t know, now you know. Plan to show some love to your pastor this month.
I know of a pastor who faithfully served the same congregation for over 20 years, yet the church never showed any public appreciation to him. How tragic! And woe to congregations like this!
I am not suggesting that every church should send the pastor and his wife on an all-expense-paid-cruise or send them away for an all-expense-paid-weekend-getaway. But if a church can do so financially, why not? It is such a rarity these days for a pastor to remain faithful to one congregation for over 20 years, so why not celebrate and show some love to such a faithful man and his ministry?
If you happen to be a nonpaid-elder at a church (though you don’t have to be an elder to ask these questions) and you are reading this, let me ask you a few questions: What is your church doing for your pastor this month? How is your church going to show appreciations to your pastor and his family? If you haven’t thought through something like this, you should! You need to discuss with other elders and/or leaders regarding how the church should celebrate in showing appreciations to your pastor this month.
Be creative in bringing joy to your pastor. Once again, be creative in bringing joy to your pastor. I can assure you, he’ll never forget it. And I can also assure you, you’ll never forget your pastor’s reaction(s).
For me, I am thankful to shepherd congregations in the past who regularly expressed their appreciations and love. I’m amazed what love and encouraging words could do to pastors.
While most pastors would never say what I just said here from their pulpits for fear that they would be misunderstood, I can assure you that they would be encouraged by your appreciations.
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
[Update: check out 30 ways you can practically appreciate your pastor.]