Pastor Appreciation Month

Show your pastor some love

Pastors work tirelessly to make an impact for the Kingdom of God by serving their congregation and community. October is Pastor Appreciation Month and is the perfect time to thank your pastors and offer encouragement for everything they do.  Check out the list below for ways to show appreciation for your pastor, as well as resources for pastors or anyone who is wanting to make disciples for Christ.

Pray for your pastor

Pray for his family, his church and his vision for the church. Let your pastor know that you are praying for him and ask for specific prayer requests. If you can meet any of those needs, do that, too! You can be an answered prayer.

Encourage your pastor

Write an encouraging letter or handwritten note to your pastor. Build your pastor up to others in conversation. Let him know how his church has impacted your life and spiritual journey.

Serve at your church

Look for ministry opportunities at your church. Oftentimes, pastors are juggling many different roles in ministry and could use extra help. Begin volunteering to help on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, if needs arise.

Give a gift to your pastor

Everyone loves a good gift! Gift cards to restaurants, offering a home cooked meal or asking if you can help with any house or yard work could be a great way to show your pastor you care. 

Invest in your spiritual walk

The most encouraging thing you can do for your pastor is to be faithful in your own walk with Jesus. As you grow closer to the Lord, you will be able to love and serve others well. Make sure you are practicing what he preaches!

More resources:

Click here for Family Life’s list of ways to appreciate your pastor.

Click here to listen to “Honoring Your Pastor as a Family” from Family Life

Click here to listen to “Your Pastor is Human Too” from Family Life

 

Resources for Pastors

Pastor Renewal Retreat at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove

Hope and Renewal for Our Pastors – Focus on the Family Broadcast

Setting a Godly Example for the Culture – Focus on the Family Broadcast

Graham Devotionals – Billy and Ruth Graham

The Bible From 30,000 Feet – Skip Heitzig

Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion – Crossway Publishing

Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Complete Set – Tyndale House Publishers

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

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