by Craig Webb
Here are simple but profound ways to express appreciation to your pastor, pastor’s family, and pastoral staff. Consider gathering these appreciation gifts and presenting them on one or more Sundays in October.
Preschoolers and Children
Create hand-made appreciation cards for the pastor, pastor’s spouse, and pastor’s children. Have these preschoolers and children decorate cards with hand-drawn pictures of the pastor’s family.
Middle School and High School Students
Initiate a workday to mow, trim and mulch the pastor’s yard, clean their windows or wash the pastor’s and spouse’s cars. Be sure to consult with your pastor and spouse before arranging this workday.
Arrange to care for the pastor’s young children and provide restaurant, ice cream, and theater gift cards for a date night.
Take up an offering for a financial gift, gift basket, gift cards, gift certificates, or a weekend getaway.
Bake homemade treats to present to the pastor and family. Senior adults might also host a pastor appreciation meal on a Sunday after worship services.
Invite your pastor and pastor’s spouse to complete this Pastor Appreciation Worksheet to make sure you receive things your pastor’s family will enjoy.
“The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor (or of respect and remuneration), especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17, CSB
This article by Craig Webb originally appeared on lifeway.com. Used by permission.