Friday, October 2, 2015

Clergy Appreciation Month

“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 5:12-13 KJV)


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. 

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 others.

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?   

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 October!

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.  Amen

From My Heart to Yours,



  1. Yes, such a wonderful reminder, Kim! Our pastors do sacrifice so much for their flock, putting the needs of others before their own. I'll be sure to say extra prayers for mine!
    Love and blessings!

    1. Martha, Reminders can be so helpful! I was clueless about this special month until 2004. In God's time, it was the right time! Your pastor will be incredibly blessed by your prayers. Let him/her know that you're praying. Cards with encouraging words are priceless too.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      Love and blessings!


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