Although some folks believe that pastors only work a few hours, one day a week, the truth is they’re on call 24/7. Next month church members get the chance to show their pastors just how much they’re loved and appreciated as October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Why not make your pastor feel appreciated by taking the time to honor him (or her), as well as his family, in a special way?
How can you make your pastor and his (or her) family feel more appreciated? There are many ways to show your love. First, think about your spiritual gifts. That’s right. If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ you have spiritual gifts. For example….
Mechanical skills—-Are you good working on cars? Offer to service your pastor’s car(s) or any other mechanical devices that need care. Ask your pastor if he has any home appliances that need repair, as well those in the church.
Computer skills—-If you’ve overheard that your church needs help in the office, offer your typing and other computer skills. Pastors are looking for church members proficient in such computer skills as Power Point, word processing, and other computer software.
Child care—If your pastor and his wife have young children, offer to watch their children for a well-deserved evening (or weekend) out.
Artistic skills—-Paint (or draw) a landscape of your church and surrounding parish grounds. If you’re gifted in needlework and have cross stitch software such as Pattern Maker, make a cross stitch pattern and cross stitch a picture of your church. On the other hand, if your pastor’s wife loves to cross stitch, just give her the pattern you’ve designed.
Send tapes of appreciation—Have members tape record messages to him telling him how much they appreciate his service, and then gather the tapes to send to him.
Write him (or her) a letter or email relating how their ministry has blessed you. Ministers and their families often get discouraged, thinking they’re not effective in touching lives. Let them know just how much God has blessed you by their service.
Volunteer—There’s nothing that makes a pastors more encouraged than having their members volunteer for service (as opposed to being asked to volunteer.) If you have the gift of teaching, volunteer to teach a Sunday school class or lead a home group fellowship. Surely, there’s a role that needs to be filled at your church that calls for your particular gifts and skills.
Give him a special plaque—Write letters to members of your congregation to contribute money for a sign or plaque that says something such as…..
“Thank you, Pastor Brown, for all you do for God’s Kingdom
(October 12, 2007)
Grace Lutheran Church
Buy a white T-shirt and have members sign it, along with words of encouragement and favorite Bible verses.
Arrange for your pastor to get away for a spiritual retreat. Often pastors suffer from “burn out” and need recharging.
Buy him tickets to special events such as plays, fairs, art shows, etc.
Flood his mailbox with letters, cards and gifts of appreciation. About 2-3 weeks prior to appreciation Sunday, write letters to church members encouraging them to participate in sending your pastor an avalanche of cards and letters.
Plan a special surprise dinner or luncheon. If your pastor has a sense of humor, roast him.
These are only a few suggestions that you can use to make your pastor feel appreciated. Why not get together with other members of your church and brainstorm? Don’t let October go by without making your pastor and his family feel appreciated.