Dear Church Family,
I know you are used to seeing a note from Pastor Josh in this spot every month. Like you, I enjoy getting to hear what is on his heart each month, but for October I asked him if he would like to take a break and let me speak to you.
If you are like me, it can be real easy to enjoy all the blessings we receive at church each week without saying thank you to those who make it all possible. We are blessed to have 2 ordained pastors who put in a lot of work each week, so during October we are going to take some time to show and tell them (and their families) how much we appreciate all that they do for us.
You might be saying to yourself… “What can I do to show them my appreciation?”
I am so glad you asked! I came across an article a few weeks ago that gives a few suggestions on ways we can show how much we appreciate our pastors (including their wives and families). It does not mean that you have to do everything on the list. You may think of something even better which would be great. Hopefully the list will get your creative juices flowing!
- Write a note with encouraging feedback from his sermon
- Be prepared to resuscitate him after #1
- Mow the pastor’s lawn when his family is on vacation or ministry leave
- Give a gift card to a favorite restaurant
- Provide creative childcare for a date night
- Ask your pastor how you can specifically pray for his family
- Deliver a homemade dessert/meal to his home or office
- Arrange and purchase a couple’s retreat somewhere fun
- Give a brief word of affirmation and prayer on a Sunday morning
- Provide for and encourage time off for vacations
- Take your pastor for a meal and talk about his life, not ministry
- Loan out your favorite vacation spot (cabin, camper, timeshare)
- Support your pastor as he ministers outside your church
- Encourage at least one day of Sabbath rest each week
- Care for your pastor’s health by sponsoring a health club membership
- Take your pastor somewhere fun: game, concert, hunting, etc.
- Specifically share how God has used him to challenge, enrich, and encourage your walk with Jesus
- Provide a generous salary, insurance, and retirement
- Allow your pastor’s wife to “be herself” and find her own ministry
- Financially support your pastor and spouse as they attend marriage-strengthening events
- Publicly support your pastor’s involvement in missions
- Remember birthdays with a personal card or on social media
- Initiate a sabbatical for every 5-7 years of ministry at your church
- Send a gift card to your pastor’s kids
- Give unused sports or concert tickets to your pastor’s family
Keep your eye out for more information about a reception where we will celebrate how much Josh & Val, along with Jake & Samantha, mean to all of us. And if someone comes up to you asking what you appreciate about your Pastor, be prepared to give them an answer!
Chairman of Deacons, Dan Pomeroy