Oh my! It’s that time of year again when many of us remember at the last minute that it is Pastor Appreciation Month. That means it is October. For us Canadians, we also celebrate Thanksgiving this month. I love October with the leaves changing colour, the spectacular scenery in neighbourhood gardens and yards, and the back mountain roads too. It’s a great time to express thanksgiving for everything we have, especially our church leadership.
We Appreciate You, Pastor
While I have been thinking about how to show appreciation to our wonderful pastor, I know that there are two simple words that would mean a lot to him. (I say “him” because our pastor is male but if you have a female pastor, then replace that with the correct pronoun.)
As well, you may also think of missionaries, associate pastors, youth pastors, worship pastors and children’s ministry pastors who you want to honour in addition to the senior lead pastor in your church. All these people serve God in an area of ministry that is often underappreciated. Let’s change that by using these two words …thank you.
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A Letter to Say, Thank You, Pastor!
Sometimes we find it hard to express ourselves. And yes, sometimes words don’t seem enough for all that you do for us, Pastor.
Thank you, Pastor, for all you do for us as a church body.
We appreciate your sermon on Sunday. You inspire us to draw closer to God. Thank you for sharing what God places on your heart.
Thank you for praying for us and often praying with us.
Your sensitivity to the needs of the congregation, your flock that you have been given charge over, is very much appreciated.
We appreciate it when you think of the women in the congregation, of those who are getting older and in need of help. Thank you for ensuring that someone is reaching out to them.
Thank you for thinking of those who are hurting and wanting to help ease their burdens. You intercede in prayer, often on your knees, as you engage in spiritual warfare. You care so deeply for us. Thank you!
We love how you desire to hear from God and how He speaks to you. We love how you share those moments with us. We love how you are sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and especially love that you desire to obey Him, no matter what.
We love that you love spending time with your family. That is a great example for us as we endeavour to minister to the needs of our own families. We also love that you encourage husbands and wives to take time together as a couple. Marriages are fragile and need strengthening and you help us to stay focused on things that matter.
We love how you love your wife and honour her as your helpmate. Your example of loving her follows the words of Paul for husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church.
When we see you on your knees in worship to God, that encourages us and helps us to step out of our comfort zone and express to God what we feel in our hearts. Thank you for being an example for us to follow. Just as the Apostle Paul mentioned that believers should follow his example, we follow your example.
One of your sheep.
Here’s an idea … The above sentiments would make great handwritten notes in cards. Purchase several cards and write these sentiments in them and give them to members in your congregation to send or give to the Pastor.
10 Awesome Ideas for Pastor Appreciation
We love our pastor and his family, do we not? So, how can we show them some love? Here are some ideas that can be done individually or collectively as a church or from a few groups.
- Gift cards are always appreciated. If you know their favourite restaurant, gift them with a card for dinner for two.
- Organize the church to bring in offerings from their gardens. Fresh vegetables and fruit are always welcome! An alternative is to shop at local farmers’ markets. You’ll find an abundance of seasonal bounty.
- Does your pastor have a young family? Then gift the pastor and his wife with a date night kit. This includes babysitting services which include supper for the kids while mom and dad enjoy a quiet dinner for two and an overnight stay at a great hotel. Bless their marriage with this gift idea!
- Organize several families or the church as a whole to provide six months or a year’s worth of fuel for their vehicle. What a blessing that would be!
- Send over a set of coffee mugs for the whole family along with a great hot chocolate mix for the kids and a great brand of roasted coffee grounds for mom and dad. Remember to include marshmallows for the kids.
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As these ideas spark your creativity and imagination, feel free to implement what the Lord is inspiring in your heart. Don’t let it stop when the calendar turns to a new month. Keep the Pastor appreciation going throughout the year, showing your love and thankfulness for both your Pastor and his beloved wife and family. Be sensitive to issues that may arise that require extra care and attention. Keep them in your prayers daily.
As always, I invite your comments. Do you have any other pastor appreciation ideas that your Pastor enjoyed that you would like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you!
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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