October is Clergy Appreciation Month. This a month where you are encouraged to show your appreciation and thanks to those who help lead and guide your church in their pastoral positions. You may be thinking 'how do I do that?' Being a Pastor myself, I have a couple tips and ideas that you can implement this month to make your Pastor(s) feel appreciated:
Write A Card
As simple as it sounds, I am always thoroughly encouraged when I receive a card from someone within my church. It communicates to me that the person giving me the card thought about me enough to take time out of their life to sit down and write me a card. Fill the card with reasons why you are thankful for them, ways you have learned from them, and even something you are praying over them.
Give A Gift
One of the things I enjoy is going out to eat. What better way to bless a pastor or ministry leader than to give them a gift card to a local restaurant? Find out where they enjoy eating and buy them a gift card to that place. Put it in a card and write a special note that encourages them to enjoy a night away. They will be grateful that you did and feel very appreciated.
Call Them And Pray For Them
Out of everything a member of my church could do for me to show their appreciation for my service to them and Christ, there is nothing they could do to encourage me more than to just pray over me and my family. What encouragement would your Pastor have if you called them up and said 'Pastor, I know you are busy, but I want to just pray over you for a few minutes. I appreciate you'? Schedule a meeting with your pastor without telling them what it is about. After you arrive at the meeting location with them, tell them why you appreciate them and pray over them. There is perhaps nothing you could do to encourage them more than praying over them in person.
What other ideas do you have to encourage your Pastor(s)? Comment and let me know!
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.