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Creative Pastor Appreciation Ideas -- Expressing Appreciation
July 05, 2018

Expressing Appreciation

Express Appreciation Out Loud!

Expressing Appreciation by saying "Thank You" is one of those phrases that lifts the spirit of anyone. Not only to hear it but to say it.

It is so easy to take people for granted in our lives and that includes our pastors.

Gratitude is never silent. It begs to be expressed in the hearing of the one who is serving you in some way.

Now What Do You Say?

Getting our kids to say "Thank You" is a challenge for most parents. Expressing appreciation and gratitude was always prompted by the question "Now what do you say?" when our kids were small.

Even Jesus faced this hesitancy to verbally express gratitude. He told the story of the 10 lepers that were healed in the book of Luke in the New Testament.

Luke 17:11-19 (World English Bible WEB) (11)  As he was on his way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. (12)  As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance. (13)  They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (14)  When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed. (15)  One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. (16)  He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. (17)  Jesus answered, “Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? (18)  Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?” (19)  Then he said to him, “Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you.”

Only one out of ten gave thanks. Nine had to go home and hear their mother ask that age old question -- "Now what do you say?"

Churches Expressing Appreciation

So consider me the one in your life that is prompting you to say "Thank You, Pastor".

There are so many ways to do so, but just saying it out loud could be just the encouragement your pastor needs.

Onward with Purpose,

Chaplain Paul Slater

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