Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.
1 Timothy 5:17
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
History of Pastor Appreciation Month
Focus on the Family established the first Clergy Appreciation Month in 1994. They reminded congregations of the biblical basis for honoring pastoral staffs and decided to set aside the month of October for a special tribute.
For 22 years, the second Sunday of October has been celebrated as Pastor Appreciation Day. How does your church honor your pastors? See the list below for some ideas!
5 Ways to Bless Your Pastor
Make dinner for your pastor and his family. Be creative! Try a themed meal or bring one of their family’s favorite dishes.
Write a note of encouragement. Be specific about how your pastor’s sermons, church wide initiatives, or personal touchpoints have ministered to you.
Be diligent about praying for your pastor each week and let them know how you are specifically praying.
Offer to babysit or petsit for the weekend so your pastor can take a weekend vacation.
Create a presentation of photos or videos of your pastor in action during the past year. Set it to music, and play it as a pre-service video.
Continue to surprise your pastor with gift cards, notes, and acts of service even after Pastor Appreciation Month is over. They work hard all year!
Tyndale Books Written by Pastors (A few of many!)
Counter Culture by David Platt
Kingdom Marriage by Tony Evans
All the Places to Go by John Ortberg
Your Daily Journey with Jesus David Jeremiah
God for the Rest of Us by Vince Antonucci
Check out the Church and Ministry Resources Page for discounted products every month!