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Pastor / Staff Appreciation

 

It is Biblical for a church to recognize and honor the godly ministers who serve faithfully the flock of God. Paul wrote the following words to the church at Thessalonica:

“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work...” (I Thessalonians 5:12-13)

It is clear from scripture that the faithful and dedicated ministers of our churches are worthy of appreciation and honor. Following are suggestions for honoring your pastor and staff.

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.

3. IDEAS:

  • 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:
  • Family
  • Sense of fulfillment
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Encouragement

 

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