I must confess that I feel a little strange writing this article because I do not want to give the impression that I am looking, or for that matter, any Pastor is looking for recognition for what they do. I serve the greatest bunch of people that any person could serve at my church in Pine Haven. I love them dearly and they show me appreciation all throughout the year. However, October is Pastor appreciation month and I thought that it might help many of you that are looking for ways to show your pastor that you appreciate them if I wrote an article from a pastoral point of view concerning what makes us feel appreciated.
It is scriptural for you to show those that serve you in ministry appreciation for what they do. There is a lot that they do behind the scenes that you are not aware of. Paul told Timothy to
1 Timothy 5:17
[ Honor the Elders ] Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
Just as many of you like to know that what you are doing at work or for Jesus is appreciated, your Pastor is no different. It means a lot to him when he finds out that his service is not unnoticed.
5 Ways To Show Your Pastor That You Appreciate Him.
- #1 Interrupt his program on a Sunday morning and organize where people testify on how He has touched their lives. Pastor's do not get into the ministry for personal gain. They do it because they want to touch people's lives for Jesus. Share with him and the congregation just how this servant of God has succeeded in doing what He set out to do.
- #2 Bless his family. Many times Pastors have stresses within their family that is caused by the ministry. His wife is many times the target of all the negative feelings going around or his children are expected to be above and beyond what is expected of other children and this hurts the hearts of all involved. By blessing his family you are blessing him because those are the people that are dearest to his heart. So do something special for his wife or children.
- #3 Do something that will refresh his soul. Pastors are expected to spiritually nourish their congregation every week, time and time again. Many times this drains them and they need someone who will minister to them. Bless them by sending them to a retreat for Pastors or a Pastors conference where they can sit in the congregation and receive from somebody else rather than giving.
- #4 Commit yourself to being more faithful. I know that this might sound strange to some of you but one of the biggest battles that a Pastor faces is the battle on Monday morning about whether or not what He is doing is worth it. When people do not show up it weighs heavily on his heart. I know for myself personally, I spend a great deal of time preparing my heart and my message for those who come and when people place things like fishing, boating, camping and football above being faithful to show up, it is hard not to take it personally.
- #5 Relieve the stress off of his life. Studies have shown that pastoral ministry is one of the highest stress jobs that is out there. Many Pastors quit the ministry because of the stress. Do things that will relieve the stress in his life. Whether it is finances, demands on time, or the expectation to perform or look the part, do what you can to relieve that stress. Be somebody that holds up his arms as he is seeking God's providence for your church and community.
Although Pastor appreciation month is in October, pastoral appreciation needs to be year around.
The reason we have things like Pastor appreciation month is to remind us of something that we might forget otherwise. God has called all of us to be a blessing to others. He has called us to freely give what we have received. This goes both ways. We all need to remember to be a blessing to those that are a blessing to us. Your Pastor needs that return from you. He needs to know that you love him as much as he loves you. When this happens, as it does at my own church, then the church is a wonderful and healthy place to be a part of. So I just want to encourage you to remember to be a blessing to your Pastor and show your appreciation throughout the year.
Blessings to all of you!
This article was first published on my website called Taber's Truths.