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Friday, September 30, 2016
Clergy Appreciation Month 2016
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour
among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them
very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be ye at peace among yourselves.” (1 Thessalonians
is nearly here; therefore, it is a good time to look towards appreciating our
pastors and all they and their families do—the sacrifices they make to care for
the people in their charge. October is Clergy Appreciation Month, with this in
mind, I will be sharing (with some editing) what I posted last October.
Clergy Appreciation Month was
started in the early 1990s by a lay person, who saw a need. He realized that there were months and days
honoring people and groups but nothing for honoring pastors. Pastors are human and need encouragement like
everyone else—it can be something quite simple—such as a pat on the back, a
word of praise, or simply being attentive during services. At times pastors seem to take more than their
fair share of criticism, so words of praise are even more important. Pastors (and their families) need our prayer
and support, not our criticism.
Remember most pastors work
incredibly hard, putting in extremely long hours to care for the flock they
love. (And by the way, they work more than just on Sunday!) This means they miss time with their families.
They also neglect their own needs at
times. Therefore, they need to be
reminded they are loved and that they are making a difference in the lives of
Photo Credit: P. Whitlach
We see pastors being encouraged in
the Bible, such as the support Aaron and Hur gave to Moses during the battle
with the Amalekites (Exodus 17:10-13).
How is your pastor being encouraged
by the members of his/her congregation?Who
holds up your pastor’s arms? What are
you doing to encourage your pastor?
Photo Credit: C. Meissner
Do not forget to encourage your
pastor’s family; they are an important part of the ministry too! The pastor’s
family is a vital part of his/her ministry. They are expected to make many sacrifices that
many in the congregation would be unwilling to make.
One great way to encourage your
pastor and his/her family is through prayer! Let them know that you are praying
for them. For some ideas to direct your prayers see: How to pray for your pastor.
Throughout the rest of this month
and in the months ahead, think about ways to affirm the work of your pastor and
his/her family. Keep in mind that our
pastors should be appreciated and affirmed twelve months a year, not just in
How are you honoring your pastor and
his/her family? How have you showed
appreciation (as an individual or as a church) in the past?
Please join with me in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for
all those who were and are obedient to Your call on their lives and became
pastors to shepherd Your flock. Prompt us to know how and when to encourage our
pastors; may we use our words with care—building up rather than tearing down. Father,
thank You for our pastors and their families; pour out Your blessings on them,
may they experience the fullness of Your presence in their daily lives. In
Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen