Every October many congregations in the United States celebrate “Clergy appreciation month”. This is the month when we recognize our pastor’s efforts and his dedication to our respective congregations.
While many celebrate it every year, there are a few who believe that we should celebrate our pastor at any time during the year. That’s fair!
Perhaps, instead of a month of appreciation, the members of the congregation can prayerfully consider supporting their pastor throughout the year. How?
Offer help to your pastor and his family on a weekly or monthly basis. If your pastor is like mine, he will have many unspoken needs. Each family (members) of the congregation can decide which date works best for them. Maybe, the Holy Spirit will lead you to meet a need that he has prayed for. Would you allow God to use you this way?
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Unfortunately, this may not work for all congregations as the number of members at a church varies. However, good for us, there is no one-way to celebrate our pastor. (Tip: keep in mind your pastor’s personality, his likes and hobbies. That should help!)
Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Hand-made greeting card expressing thanks
- Gift card to a restaurant or retail store
- Chocolate and/or flowers
- Love Offering
- A meal followed by cake or simply cake will do.
- Weekend getaway for pastor and spouse
- Offer to watch the children while they go out on a date.
- Create a gift basket (using a theme)
- Commemorative plaque
- Photo album of significant moments in the past year.
- Get the children involved:
- Create greeting cards
- Children’s choir to perform your pastor’s favorite songs
- Recite pastor’s favored verses from the Bible
- Donate monetarily to the church in your pastor’s name
- Dedicate a special prayer service for pastoral family (Although, we should not forget to pray daily for our pastors.)
These are a few ideas to get you started. Do you have any ideas that you’d like to share? Post below.
God bless you & yours,