October is Pastor Appreciation Month, Pastor Appreciation Is Much More Than A Calendar Event
Pastor Appreciation Month Is An Annual Event
While Pastor Appreciation Month is an annual event when congregations implement creative pastor appreciation ideas to honor pastors, it is much more than annually paying tribute to pastors.
Usually we think of Clergy Appreciation Month as a calendar event, usually in October, when churches purposefully honor pastors and pastoral families.
Pastor Appreciation Is More Than An Annual Event
While the Pastor Appreciation Celebrations are typically scheduled in October, as a calendar event it can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community.
Take a moment to think about those two words -- pastor and appreciation. One of the best pastor appreciation ideas you can implement is to view pastor appreciation as an ongoing, day by day, attribute of a healthy, loving congregation.
In other words, to express appreciation and affirmation of your spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year simply because appreciation is what a loving congregation does.
Pastor Appreciation Says More About Your Church Than Your Pastor
Every church I have pastored wanted to be known as a loving church. Simplistic I am sure, but I believe that one of the most obvious measures of a loving congregation is this: How they treat their pastor.
Like it or not, every church has a reputation within its community. Just saying your church is a loving, friendly church doesn't make it so.
I really do believe that the most obvious indications to your community that your church really is a loving fellowship is to love and show appreciation to those in pastoral leadership.
So if you want to be a loving church congregation, focus on showing appreciation for those who are called to shepherd the flock.
Pastor Appreciation Is A Demonstration of God's Love
Honoring your pastor should be done for more reasons than just saying thanks for the hard work these committed spiritual caregivers provide in their role as spiritual shepherd of the flock.
Hopefully Pastor Appreciation Month will prompt your church to honor your pastor with exciting, creative pastor appreciation ideas. May it also be a demonstration of God's love for each of us, thereby becoming a powerful tool of evangelism.