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A Dozen Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

Having been in the ministry, I have conflicting feelings about Pastor Appreciation month. On the one hand,  it is a very good reminder to the people to take a moment and let their pastor know how much you love them. On the other hand, it can be a very depressing time when a pastor hears about all the things other churches did for their pastor and your church did nothing at all to show that they love & appreciate you!

Now that my husband has retired from full-time ministry, I’ve decided that it wouldn’t be self-serving to remind everyone to take some time and really show your pastor that you appreciate him. Church members, you don’t have to wait to be prompted by your board to do something, do it on your own or at least remind the board members so they don’t forget.

Please go to the new website for more information and a printable list of things to do for your pastor.



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10 thoughts on “A Dozen Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Pastor

  1. Having never been a pastor or been married to one, I can’t say I know what they go through. But hearing from others like you who HAVE been there, is enlightening to me. Thanks for the heads-up about Pastor’s Appreciation in October! Lots of good and do-able ideas here.

  2. I’m not currently attending a church, just watching online. But there is a church right around the corner from our new house I am excited to visit!

  3. First, let me say that I love the name of your blog! Mine also revolves around building a legacy:) As a pastors wife of 20 years, we were on the receiving end of some wonderful generosity, and it ministered to us greatly. These are wonderful ideas, and I’m always amazed at the creativity of people who really want to do something special, not just for the pastor and wife, but also for the children. You should join the Fresh Market Friday link-up, as it is all about living intentionally and with passion for the life God has given us!

  4. Most who serve in any capacity give great sacrifices. I’ve said many times that until you lead something, you don’t really understand the sacrifice and the frustration.
    Thanks for dropping by!

  5. What a great list of ideas, Mandy! It’s so easy to forget the sacrifices that the family makes (but now that my husband is in a leaderhsip position at a school, I know what you mean!).

  6. Wow! Rachel! I’ve never heard of honoring the pastor’s parents. That is amazing and wonderful! Thanks for dropping by! I hope you were able to signup for my newsletter this fall as I write A Treasure Trove of Ministry Helps every day in October. I am so excited about it! I’m really hoping to bless ministers when they receive their newsletter each Saturday with a scripture and a prayer to enter into worship with. “It’s Sunday! Are you Ready to Rumble?

  7. These are some great ideas. Being in the ministry as well, I have had both experiences where some places the church did nothing or very little and other places have showered the pastor with amazing gifts. We are blessed in that the place we are now does a very good job of honoring all the pastors on staff, their spouses and the children as well. last year they went above and beyond and honored the pastors parents as well in providing the beginning stages of their pastor’s spiritual growth. It was a very kind gesture and all the parents were touched by the sentiment and enjoyed gift certificates for a night out to eat. (Your neighbor from #InspireMeMonday)

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