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

Here’s a great idea from Small Church Ministry, “Ask congregation members to commit to praying for your pastor & family once a month, on a given date…Present the calendar to your pastor, letting him know that your congregation cares about him and covers him in prayer.

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.

Show His Wife Some Love

Happy wife, happy life, right?! Your pastor’s wife is working hard to support her husband and serve alongside him. Let her know you love her with a card or gift, as well.

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 best way to encourage your pastor is by walking the walk. The Apostle John said it best in 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

More resources:

Click here for Small Church Ministry’s list to encourage 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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