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8 Highly Practical Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor!

celebrating-pastors.jpgGratefulness is a diminishing force in our world. Even good manners, politeness seem to be in short supply. We often live at such a fast pace its easy to lose sight of what we are grateful for. Unthankfulness, rudeness and disrespect rule, if we allow it. Even so, it shouldn’t be that way with God’s people. We are called to be the light in a dark world. (Mt. 5:16) It honors God and glorifies him when we cultivate grateful hearts in our every day living. (1 Th. 5:18)

In fact, it’s our responsibility to teach the next generation gratefulness. One good way we teach them gratefulness is by letting others know through our words and actions how they have benefited our lives. As with most life lessons, showing is much more effective than telling. The next generation must learn to appreciate others by watching it in action in our lives.

Appreciation has two primary meanings. One is to be thankful and the other is to increase in value. Have you examined what your behavior is teaching those around you about thankfulness and appreciation, lately? Are you teaching them to increasingly value our leadership? Moms, Dads are you teaching thankfulness by acting grateful toward each other.

Leaders are we teaching gratefulness for our government by praying for them? Or are we doing more pointing the finger than praying? Wherever you are in cultivating a grateful heart, won’t you join us as we explore ways to show appreciation to our local church authorities? Here are some practical tips to teach gratefulness by appreciating our leaders.

Send Thank You Card/Letter. Politeness and good manners is a lost art in our society. If I took a poll, how many could say I sent a thank you card to appreciate someone for a kind deed. A good friend of mine said, “It was six months after the fact. I kept forgetting and finally didn’t send it because it was too long.” According to the late Ann Landers you can still send a thank you card up to a year. Any longer than that, the giver probably won’t remember they gave you anything. So if nothing else, send your pastor a thank you card for a job well done this year. In other words, later is better than never but now is best.

Plan a Pastor Appreciation Day. Make it special. Make it a celebration. Plan a program for the day and invite pastor’s friends or ask for video messages from closest friends. Present or send bouquet of flowers or balloons. It’s a perfect time to include history review of ministry in the program. Add personal touches of member testimonials. You know what to do. Make it the best Pastor Appreciation Day ever.

Throw a Food Festival in their Honor. Invite the community. Theme the festival around their favorite ethnicity of food. Or mix it up and provide several kinds: Mexican, Italian, French, Asian, American, etc. Of course, a food festival is not a festival without music. Get the choir involved. Build a special choir for the festival day. According to the size of your congregation, enlist members to be a part of this special 100/1000 voice choir.

Present a plaque with words of appreciation. Framed words are inspiring too. Most people enjoy mementos that they can display in their home. Whatever you present, make it worthy. Treat it as an investment. I can hear someone saying, “I can’t afford an investment.” That’s all right; ask for the help of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t try to appreciate your leadership alone. Make it something they will be happy to showcase in their home for years to come. In other words, it’s not in good taste to honor someone with something of poor quality.

Meet a Need. Find out what their greatest need is at this time. Perhaps one of their appliances recently went out. Maybe pastor has been struggling to keep an old clunker going to get their family around. Invest in a better vehicle for them. Or a health challenge may have come up to take their extra cash. Study to be one of God’s miracle workers in their life by meeting a need with no strings attached. Remember if what you-plus-members have come up with does not quite cover it; give what you have toward it. God may have gotten them just to the point where you pick it up or he may use someone else to make up the difference.

Fulfill a desire. Find out their greatest desire and fulfill it. Perhaps they have been dreaming of taking a week long vacation. Travel agents can hunt down really great deals these days. Have you considered a new suit of clothing for Pastor(s)? Again, think of it as an investment; buy the suit in completion with all accessories. Does your pastor own a really great family portrait or Pastor and spouse portrait? Commission an in-house artist or photographer to do their portrait. Commission it for their home or to showcase in the church.

Send Flowers. Think of it this way. Give flowers to the living to appreciate them and not only to honor the dead. It doesn’t just have to be for female pastors, either. Buy an arrangement for the pulpit in their honor. Place a beautiful floral arrangement in your pastor’s green room/pre-service area. If you send flowers make it an investment too. Buy at least 12-24 flowers. Its poor taste to send a puny bouquet of flowers. You may say, “But, what if 6 flowers are all I can afford?” Then our gentle suggestion would be to choose another appreciation method. There’s lots of ways to appreciate your pastor, right?

Send a Gift Basket. Fill it with things they enjoy. Cologne, perfume, lotions, candles and other personal care items make great gift baskets. Commission your favorite gift basket preparer or have some fun and fill it yourself with your pastor’s favorite items. Bath & Body Works and other similar stores are known for affordable great personal care gift baskets. Food gift baskets also make great gifts. Cookie baskets, fruit baskets, picnic baskets all sound good.

To sum it all up, don’t forget to Say Thank You. Sometimes we miss the simplest form of blessing our pastor. Especially if you haven’t done it in awhile remember to go verbally say thank you after one of his/her sermons. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. If one of their recent sermons really impacted your life; now is the time to tell them. In honor of all the pastors and leaders reading this: Happy Pastors Appreciation Month!

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© Varn and Earma Brown. Most leaders enjoy appreciation. Your leader deserves special appreciation too! Varn and Earma, Co-Founders of Armorbearers International, help leaders and supporters build strong teams in the local church. To receive free 7 lesson mini-course and monthly newsletter “The Armorbearer Coach” visit at http://www.armorbearers.net/newsletter.htm or for other insightful articles and resources visit them on host site http://www.armorbearers.net


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Comments (4)

Said this on 3-26-2013 At 02:47 pm
My pastor is Tim Wolfe at 1027 Church in Atlanta, but I'd like to brag on both Tim and his wife Pam. I sttaerd going to this church a little over a year ago when my sister sttaerd bringing me with her, and I can't even begin to describe to you the difference Tim and Pam have made in my own spiritual walk. I have never been more into Jesus as I am now, and it's because of them leading me and encouraging me to draw closer to Christ. Not only do we get to hear Tim preach every Sunday (he is an AMAZING teacher), but he also leads our community group that meets at their house every Monday night, so we can dive even deeper into the scriptures we studied at church the day before. Pam is the most welcoming woman you could ever meet. She is constantly hosting people at her house, whether it's a neighbor, church members, or even just a friend of a friend needing a place to stay while visiting Atlanta. She and I run together a couple days a week, and I always leave feeling refreshed, not just because of the exercise, but because she listens to me and offers words of advice and encouragement right at the moment I need to hear them.They both meet people at Starbucks whenever anyone needs prayer or just needs to talk with them, so I know a surprise gift card would just really be a blessing to them!
Smita Noah
Said this on 3-23-2011 At 08:01 am
Dear Brother,

You are blessed by God. You have a wonderful website.

Great Ideas for Pastor Appreciation month.

The letter written by Joan is impressive in the Lord.

May God bless you

Smita
Joan Morales
Said this on 10-6-2010 At 01:28 am
I want to take a moment to thank you for love of the armorbearer ministry. For me its the 3rd most precious gift that God has given me. The 1st would be my salvation and the 2nd my Pastors. So many people think that the armorbearer position is just being close to the pastors or doing a few personal errands for them, buts its so much more. I have been my pastors armorbearer for 10 years our ministry has had 6 armorbearers. One died and the others have fallen out I'm the only one left and it really hurts.I was a new christian when I was called, and I couldn't understand how everyone could let it go so easy, I am praying for a rebirth in my ministry, and the Lord has brought some people into the church that a desire and seem to have the heart of an armorbearer.Pastor says I have to train them and I have been praying that God would cultivate the seed that He has placed in me and use me to bring out this ministry. I believe He lead me to your website for just that reason. I am committed to learning and I look forward to your teachings. As finances permit I will be purchasing your materials and providing donations. I thank you and I pray all of Psalm 20 in your lives and ministry.
Angela Williams
Said this on 10-4-2009 At 02:32 am
I enjoy reading your work it give me words of encouragement. teaching me how to keep my pastor lifted up at all time. I'm learning how to pray for him before he go out to teach the word to God people. He is a teacher, I have learn alot from him since I been under his leadership I've been his armor bearer for a year it have been a learning experince for me I've learn how to pray with out ceasting.
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