Our pastors work hard to teach us the word of God and to provide us with overall pastoral care (guidance, counseling, support, etc). It is nice to show them some appreciation every now and then. Praying for your pastor is a given. I’m assuming that you are doing that. If you aren’t, I suggest that you make praying for you pastor part of your prayer life. Most people give their pastor some money and a card or even a plaque. Some churches also give their pastor a nice appreciation service every year.
You don’t need to wait until Pastor’s Appreciation Month. If you appreciate the job that your pastor is doing, you can show it right now. Here are a couple of ways to show your pastor and his or her family a little bit of love.
1. Buy or Make a Meal
I’m assuming that most pastors don’t have personal chefs. You can give your pastor and his/her family a nice break by preparing a meal for them. Find out what they like and don’t like and you can easily whip up a meal within an hour.
If cooking isn’t your thing, you can treat you pastor to a nice night out. You can offer to take your pastor to a nice restaurant or you can give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant.
2. Help Around the House
You could be a great blessing to your pastor by helping them take care of some things around the house. There are a variety of things that can be done like laundry, cutting the grass, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom and washing the car. There are probably plenty of things your pastor would like to have done around the house, but he/she probably doesn’t have the time to do. Your contribution whether big or small could be a great benefit.
3. Show the Kids a Good Time
Unfortunately, some pastors are so busy with the work of the ministry that their families may sometimes get neglected. This provides you with a good opportunity to show your pastor’s children a good time. Take them out for a day or two filled with some fun activities. This idea serves two purposes. First, the children get out of the house and they get to have some fun. Second, it gives your pastor and his spouse a nice break and some quality time alone.
4. Feed the Hobby
I’m sure that there are other things that your pastor likes to do outside of reading and teaching the word of God. Find out what your pastor’s hobbies are and then do something to support that hobby. You could do a number of things from purchasing theatre tickets to buying a new tennis racket to getting a copy of the latest video game. It is important for any pastor to find time to relax. With this idea you are helping make those moments of relaxation a little more enjoyable.
5. Make a Video
This may be fairly challenging depending on the size of your congregation. You could great a video where the members of your congregation each get a minute or two to tell your pastor how much they appreciate him/her. A video is good because now your pastor will have a keepsake that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. You can choose to create the video yourself or hire an outside company to do it for you.
Sometimes it appears that our pastors have it all together. The reality is that they are human just like you an me. They need the same things we do. I firmly believe that the Lord is pleased when we honor and take care of our leaders. I encourage you to make a decision to do something to bless your pastor.
Please feel free to share any other pastor appreciation ideas that you may have.