7 Ideas to Show Your Pastor Appreciation This Month
By: Nicole Cochran October 3, 2016
Not many people know how tough and emotionally draining it is to be a Pastor, and, sadly, Pastors often hear a good deal of criticism. Don't forget to let your Pastors know how much you appreciate them. Showing small bits of appreciation on a regular basis will let your pastor know that you care.
Since October is Pastor Appreciation Month, here are seven great ways to send a little gratitude their way over the next few weeks.
1. Take them to lunch.
Stop by your Pastor’s office and invite them to go grab a bite to eat. Depending on your Pastor’s schedule and time, it may be a good idea to check with their assistant to determine when they have some free time, or perhaps shoot them a quick email or text asking them when they are free the next week.
2. Hand-write a note.
This may sound a little cheesy, but hand-written notes are a forgotten practice. Taking the time to actually write an expression of gratitude can quickly make your Pastors feel valued and brighten their week.
Even leaving a post-it note with a quick word of encouragement can go a long way. A note is a quick, easy, and cost-free way to show gratitude.
3. Give verbal encouragement.
This is another very simple yet well-received gesture to give appreciation to your Pastor for all they do. Whether it’s on Sunday morning after the sermon or stopping by their office in the middle of the week, telling them verbally how thankful you are for them and all they do is a wonderful encouragement. It’s easy to assume they hear it often, but verbal appreciation for your Pastor can always be reiterated.
4. Provide a date night.
Your Pastors spend the majority of their time serving the church in some capacity or another. While they hopefully are able to break away and spend quality time with their family and spouse, it’s often easier said than done.
Offer to watch your Pastor’s kids for an evening to give them the freedom to go on a date with their spouse. Perhaps you can throw in a giftcard to the movies for some popcorn and soda. This sounds so easy, but it will mean the world to your Pastor.
5. Volunteer your time.
Take something off of your Pastor’s plate. Whatever this might look like in your church and for your Pastor, take some of your time and lend a helping hand.
6. Grab them coffee and bagels.
Is your Pastor addicted to his daily Starbucks? Is his weakness a double chocolate chip cookie? Swing by the church office one day and bring the pastoral team a small treat just to say “thank you.”
7. Facilitate a special feature in service.
Coordinate with those who plan the services to do a special, fun highlight of your Pastor during church. This could be a Sunday morning special for the whole church to be a part of, a video made showing the congregations appreciation, presenting a group gift, etc. Include some fun photos from the year and perhaps a funny story or two. Make it lighthearted, and remember, the purpose is to let your Pastor know how much they are appreciated.
These are just a few simple ideas to show your Pastor some love this month. Whatever you do, take some time to encourage and thank them!
What are some other ways you can show appreciation to your Pastor this week?