|Pastor/Staff Appreciation Day provides an excellent opportunity for your church to affirm her love and appreciation for those who are called by God and your church to lead them in fulfilling the Great Commission. Traditionally, the month of October has been designated as Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month. Suggestions for celebrating a Pastor/Staff Appreciation Day should include:
1. SET A DATE:
- National Clergy Appreciation Day is the second Sunday of October each year.
- Check the church calendar and set the date so that it does not conflict with other events.
- Make this an annual event.
2. USE THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OR APPOINT A TEAM TO PLAN THE EVENT:
- The committee should begin its planning several months in advance of the event.
- The committee will present its recommendations to the church for approval.
- Use all possible means to publicize and promote the event (local newspaper, church newsletter or website, association newsletter, church bulletin, etc.)
- Make a list of special guests to invite and send them personalized invitations.
- Present each pastor/staff member with one or more of the following:
- Appreciation certificate or plaque
- Gift certificate/card
- Monetary gift
- Flowers for wives
- Mini-vacation (provide a weekend trip out of town – maybe at a Bed and Breakfast)
- Reception following the service
- Examples of gifts given by some Tennessee Baptist churches:
- For pastor's 15th anniversary, a check for $15,000
- An automobile
- A trip to the Holy Lands for minister and spouse
- An ocean cruise for minister and spouse
- Have a special prayer time in the worship service for pastor and staff. Various members could pray for the following pastor and staff needs:
- Sense of fulfillment
- Spiritual guidance
FOR PASTORS / STAFF
Among Southern Baptists, the concept of sabbatical is a relatively novel idea. That is unfortunate because the practice of sabbatical could bless both the minister and congregation. A sabbatical is a specific period of time off granted to the minister for in-depth focus on professional and spiritual renewal and calling. It is a gift the congregation can give to her pastor/staff in recognition of faithful ministry over an extended period of time. It is not a vacation or personal leave. Rather it is a time for creative and intentional meditation, reflection, study and “going deeper with God.” An important result of sabbatical (Spiritual renewal) is that the pastor/staff returns to the church field with renewed focus and energy to fulfill God's calling.
BENEFITS OF A SABBATICAL
For the minister:
- Infuses new life into the minister.
- Sharpens ministry skills.
- Refocuses the minister's calling and mission.
- Deepens the minister's appreciation of the congregation.
- Creates in the minister a new resolve to serve the congregation and the Kingdom of God.
For the church:
- Focuses and engages the ministry of the laity.
- Creates a renewed appreciation of the minister.
- Return of minister who is energized and refocused.
- Blessed by a revival of mutual devotion of minister and members.
PLANNING A SABBATICAL
A good way to plan for a sabbatical leave is to involve both the minister and the congregation. Our Baptist polity would be very friendly to the formation of a sabbatical planning team that could work hand-in-hand with the minister. A critical component of that planning will include education of the congregation to understand and appreciate the concept.
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