Pastor Appreciation Day
Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. (Heb. 13:7, The Message)
Think about your pastors and the long hours they put in, the criticisms they face, the personal sacrifices their families make. They do all this to serve as the shepherd of your flock.
"Serve one another in love," encourages the apostle Paul (Gal. 5:13, The Message). What better way to serve your pastor than to honor him or her on Pastor Appreciation Day? Your remembrance can be large or small, detailed or simple, but whatever you choose to do, you can be assured that your pastor will appreciate it.
A good way to start planning for Pastor Appreciation Day is to spend time in prayer for your pastors and their families.
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10 Ways to Honor Your Pastor
1. Books Are a Pastor's Best Friend. Have you ever seen a pastor's library? It is full of Bibles, reference books, commentaries, and more. Most pastors spend a lot of time reading and studying. A book, Bible, or devotional makes a great gift.
2. Picture Perfect. Create a permanent remembrance of Pastor Appreciation Day by taking a picture of your church and having it enlarged. Put a mat around the picture for the congregation to sign. Be sure to put the month and year on the mat so when the pastor looks at the picture, he'll be reminded of his special day and all of you.
3. Signs of the Day. Want children to be part of the celebration? Have the kids in your church make signs with words of affirmation on small but brightly colored poster boards. Attach the signs to forks, then have the children "fork" the pastor's front yard. It will be an encouraging and colorful surprise for him!
4. Celebrate All October. This idea will get many people involved and will make the pastor feel honored all month long. Take a blank October calendar page and ask people to "adopt" a day during the month on which they will do something to honor the pastor. They can do anything they want, from gifts to cards to money to acts of service. You may need to collect phone numbers so you can give each person a reminder phone call the day before his or her turn.
5. Tree Time. Ask the pastor ahead of time what type of tree he likes. Collect money to buy a tree and hold a tree-planting celebration on the church grounds.
6. Stock the Pantry. Ask congregation members to bring in a nonperishable food item that begins with the first letter of their last name. Have a small room or closet at church set aside to collect the gifts. While this won't be a surprise gift for the pastor, he is sure to appreciate it.
7. A Churchwide Celebration. Let the pastor sit one out by planning a service around him. Have the pastor sit in the front so he can enjoy a special time of singing, prayer, and a short lesson taught by someone else in the church.
8. Messages of Hope. Have your youth group decorate two jars with stickers, wrapping paper--whatever they'd like. One jar is for the pastor, one is for his wife. Have the kids write a daily encouragement, prayer, or verse on a slip of pre-cut paper, making sure they write enough to fill both jars. Each day the pastor and his wife can take out a note and be reminded of how much the youth appreciates them.
9. Down on the Farm. This unique gift is a way to remember your pastor and help out someone less fortunate. Conduct a special collection to buy your pastor a few animals from www.heifer.org. This program allows you to purchase livestock for needy families around the world in honor of someone.
10. Show Me the Money. When it comes right down to it, a pastor can always use a little something extra, whether in cash, gift cards, or a bonus.