Why We Love Our Pastors!

Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month? The designated day for pastor appreciation is Sunday, October 14. Our pastors get very uncomfortable if we start talking about giving them special things and special recognition for doing what they are called to do. They really love what they do in ministry and mission. Research shows that there are a few things that we as a congregation can do to show our appreciation that really do make a difference in the lives of our pastors. Here are some ideas.
 
  1. Please pray for our pastors and their families regularly. This is a simple action that has a HUGE impact.
  2. Write them notes of encouragement, such as a quick thanks for a meaningful sermon or for something they did to make a difference in your day. It doesn’t have to be fancy – email or a card. Share a God moment or a Bible verse that is meaningful to you. It all matters!
  3. Serve in the church! Volunteers are always needed in many areas. Pastors and staff worry about these things. Faithful servants are so very appreciated!
  4. Give generously. Studies indicate that funding ministry and mission ranks in most pastors’ top five concerns. Participate in the stewardship weekend October 20-21. Don’t just consider your gifts as ministry maintenance when it means so much more than that.
  5. Be supportive and encouraging of the pastors’ families. Ministry is a family affair!
  6. Put in a good word about Epiphany to your friends and family. Speak well of our church. Don’t speak badly about others in the church. Be an uplifter of the body of Christ.
 
In the spirit of writing an encouraging letter, let’s collect some of our thoughts about why we love our pastors in an online form, and we will share all of your responses in a future newsletter and on this web page. 
 
If you are having trouble completing the embedded form to the right, please click here for go directly to the form to complete it.