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Friday, October 7, 2016
Clergy Appreciation Month 2016: Pastor Appreciation Sunday
“Now I beseech you,
brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit,
that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” (Romans
is here a time set aside for appreciating our pastors and all they and their
families do—the sacrifices they make to care for the people in their charge. Of course, we should appreciate them the
other eleven months of the year! October
is Clergy Appreciation Month, with this in mind, I will be sharing (with some editing)
what I posted last October.
This coming Sunday, October 9, 2015, is Pastor Appreciation
Sunday. Some churches honor their
pastor(s) on this Sunday with a special service.
A variety of ways exist to honor our pastors—it does not
have to be flashy or glamorous. It can
be something as simple as a short presentation during the service or a simple
potluck after the service. (Be sure to
include children and youth!) The idea is
to let your pastor know that they are loved and appreciated. Of course, this appreciation should happen
more often than in October!
Have you ever stopped to consider how much a pastor does
during a given day or week? Dedicated
pastors work far more than 40 hours a week.
Likely their work week is closer to 60-70 hours! Discover your pastor’s day off each week and
guard it. They need some down time to
care for themselves.
Being a pastor is a huge and demanding job; something that
can only be done through the strength of God and much prayer. How often do you pray for your
pastor(s)? It is only right that we pray
for our pastor; after all, pastors pray for their flocks.
Pastors truly need and deserve all the support and
encouragement they can get. Recognize
and affirm the sacrifices they make—do it orally or in writing. Do not forget how meaningful, the seemingly small things can be! Share your appreciation from your heart. It will mean far more than you will ever
know, this side of heaven.
Be sure to pray for his/her family, as well; do not forget the
many sacrifices they make! The families
of pastors make far more sacrifices than we will ever know. How many family meals or gatherings do you
suppose pastors miss? Even pastors
without a family make many sacrifices in serving their congregation.
HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR
How will you show appreciation
to your pastor this week?
Please join with me in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray
that You will strengthen and encourage our pastor. Help us to pray effectively for our pastor
and family each day. Lord, please protect
our pastor and family from the attacks of the enemy; we plead the blood of
Jesus over them. Grant our pastor the
wisdom to guide and care for us. Thank You
for all of the sacrifices pastors and their families make in service to You. Reveal to us how to best show our appreciation
to our pastor. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.