By EEW Magazine Editors
When scandal breaks out or controversy erupts among pastors, everyone talks about it. But far fewer people discuss or appreciate the good deeds that leaders across the nation do daily on behalf of those God has appointed them to lead. That’s why, before the end of October, which is Pastor Appreciation Month, you should say thank you in some way.
Started in 1994 by Focus on the Family, Pastor Appreciation Month reminds members of churches to thank their pastors for all their dedication, sacrifice, commitment and service to the community.
Read the history of Pastor Appreciation Month here.
Although it’s quite easy for pastors to be overshadowed during October which is also Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness month, thoughtful members can yet find a way to let leaders know they are thought of and loved.
“Being honored with ‘You preach a great sermon’ or ‘I’m glad you are my pastor’ is never a bad thing. Pastors need encouragement just like anyone else,” wrote apb News writer, Elizabeth Evans Hagan in an article titled Re-thinking Pastor Appreciation. “Yet I believe what truly encourages pastors is something altogether different. They need more disciples.”
She makes the case that showing up, giving regularly, and serving in ministry is far more important than a trinket or nice card. “Appreciate your pastor by making your own discipleship journey a priority,” says Hagan. “Find something within the church that you enjoy doing and serve with gusto.”
Whatever you do, keep the men and women who watch for your soul lifted in prayer.
Do you celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month? What are some of the ways you let your leader know you are thankful for their sacrifice, dedication, and commitment?