5 Ways to Say "Thank You" During Pastor Appreciation Monthplanning ahead // on Thursday September 22, 2016
Leader, mentor, teacher, friend … these are words we often use to describe pastors. Pastors are an essential part of running a successful ministry. Not only do they lead church services, but they also put in countless hours behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. In fact, according to Christian Personal Finance, nearly 90 percent of pastors dedicate more than 46 hours each week to doing service for their church. Being a pastor is more than a full-time job, it’s a lifestyle.
The month of October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. During this month, members of the congregation are encouraged to take time to appreciate their pastors and thank them for all that they do. Here are just a few ways you can say “thank you” to your pastor:
Thank You Letters – Have members of your congregation write thank you letters to your pastor. Deliver these to your pastor at the beginning of the month all at once, or periodically throughout the month.
Appreciation Breakfast – Plan an appreciation breakfast after a church service. During this breakfast, recognize your pastor and explain why your pastor is so important to your church.
Plant a Tree – Plant a tree in honor of your pastor and place a plaque in front of the tree recognizing your pastor’s service to your church.
Plan a Vacation – Send your pastor on a vacation. Having this time to relax will decrease the likelihood of pastoral burnout. To help cover costs, ask the members of your church to donate money.
Random Acts of Kindness – Ask the members of your church to volunteer to complete random acts of kindness for your pastor. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Mowing their lawn;
- Washing their car;
- Providing dinner;
- Walking their pet; and
- Providing free repair services.
A little thoughtfulness can go a long way when it comes to thanking your pastor. For more ideas on how to show your appreciation and say “thank you” to your pastor, visit our Pinterest page and check out the “We Appreciate You” board.