October 1st marks the first day of Pastor Appreciation Month, which poses an invaluable opportunity for church leaders and members to encourage and honor their pastors. Along with medical staff and teachers, many pastors have functioned as frontline workers throughout the past six months, striving to serve their communities and help those who have been physically, financially and spiritually impacted by the coronavirus pandemic while considering health and safety precautions.
Pastors everywhere are in a uniquely stressful season right now of trying to serve the Lord and their congregation while remaining respectful of social distancing guidelines, oftentimes falling under scrutiny from church members who hold different opinions about how and whether to hold in-person church gatherings. More than perhaps any previous year in our lifetimes, pastors deserve a month of intentional appreciation for all that they have done and continue to do for our communities.
As you seek to show much-needed support to your pastor during this time, consider the five following ways of demonstrating your appreciation:
1. Purchase a Gift Card
Whether it is for their favorite restaurant, book store, or a more practical gift card that will provide them access to tools that make their pastoring positions easier such as to Faithlife, any gift card, no matter the amount, is a meaningful way to honor your pastor, especially when coupled with a thoughtful card or letter.
2. Offer Babysitting or House Sitting
Many pastors have not had the opportunity for a sabbatical or vacation this year because of their extra responsibilities. By offering your services to babysit, house sit or dog sit, you can make it much easier for pastors to enjoy a date night out with their spouse or plan a weekend getaway with the family for a much-needed respite.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Bob Pritchett