Churches

Pastor Appreciation

Ideas for Observing Clergy Appreciation

The church leadership should carefully plan for "National Minister's Day", the second Sunday of October. If this date is a challenge for your church calendar, choose another Sunday during the month of October. The various departments of the church should be involved in the coordinated effort, and everyone given an opportunity to participate in some way.

Ministers are aware of Clergy Appreciation Month since it has been publicized and is an annual event. However, there can be an element of surprise in the way the congregation chooses to show its appreciation. If you choose to honor the minister during the Sunday morning service, ask him for some time in the service for this purpose. Use ingenuity to keep the exact nature of the even a surprise to him.

Advance Planning:

  1. Select a committee well in advance to plan and arrange special activities for this day.
  2. Inform the people of the church and community about your plans to honor all the ministers, and list the special activities.
  3. Make a checklist to be certain all assignments will be completed by a set time. Set regular committee meetings to receive progress reports.
  4. Pray that your recognition of faithful ministers will bring honor to our wonderful Lord.


PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR

PERSONAL NEEDS

HUMILITY: Ask God to give your leader true humility, which includes having a servant's heart, being teachable, admitting wrongdoings, being willing to receive positive criticism, and reliance on God.

WISDOM TO KNOW GOD'S AGENDA: Effective leaders function according to God's agenda, not their own. Pray that your leader remains sensitive to God's leading, and that he will live and work according to God' priorities.

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Ask God to help your leader be patient with himself and others, to interact positively with difficult people in the congregation, and to treat everyone with love and respect.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Every Christian should seek to live a Spirit-filled life. Pray that your leader would have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

HEALTH: Ask God to give your leader good health and safety when he or she travels.

FAMILY NEEDS

THE PRIORITY OF FAMILY: The demands of ministry can severely damage a Christian leader's family life. Pray that your church leader would make family his top priority, second only to his relationship with God. Pray that he would spend enough time with them, and minister to their needs first. If your leader has children, pray that they would love God with all their hearts.

PROVISION FOR THE FAMILY: Ask God to meet the needs of your leader and to show the lay leadership in the church how they can better provide for them.

SPIRITUAL NEEDS

TIME ALONE WITH GOD: Ask God to make prayer, Scripture readings, and worship daily priorities in your leader's life.

ANOINTING: Without the power of the Holy Spirit, a leader can do nothing of value.

INTEGRITY: Your leader struggles with temptation just like any other person. In fact, the enemy will try to tempt him ore than others. Satan knows that when he hurts the leader, the followers suffer.

PROTECTION FROM SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Pray that your leader would put on the full armor of God, as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-18, and that he will be given protection from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).

ACCOUNTABILITY: Ask God to bring into your leader's life other Christian leaders who can keep him accountable.

CONGREGATIONAL NEEDS

EVANGELISM: Pray that your leader will have a heart for the lost and that he will make evangelism a priority.

PERSONAL GROWTH: A pastor who continues to grow in his spiritual life and his ability to lead is being equipped to help his people grow and develop.

MOBILIZATION OF THE LAITY: Ask God to make your leader an effective motivator and equipper of the people to do the work of the ministry.

INTERCESSION: Pray that your leader would make intercession for the people a daily priority.