October has always been one of my favorite months. It is the month I got married and, for me, it kicks off all of the fun fall and holiday celebrations.
Another reason to love October is the opportunity to celebrate your Pastor. You absolutely do not need to wait for October to roll around to show your pastor/s how much you appreciate them. However, if you haven’t done anything beyond thanking them once in a great while as you pass them in the hallway at church, than at least take this opportunity to show how much you appreciate what they do every day. Include their spouse as well – they do so much to support the pastor’s ministry while doing what they are called to do as well.
Many years ago someone inspired us to show our pastor how much we appreciated him, in a tangible way, and I want to do the same for you. This year we had the opportunity to take 5 of our Pastor’s, and their spouses, out to lunch. It wasn’t a BIG production – just a wonderful meal at one of our favorite restaurants and the opportunity to fellowship outside of our Sunday norm!!! We were missing 8 others who could not make it but we made the most of our few hours together.
If taking out your church staff to lunch or dinner is more than you have resources for than think about giving them a card of appreciation and include a gift certificate from a local coffee shop. Or, coordinate with a few other church members to go in on something together. All y’all could bring in lunch for the staff one day or offer to babysit for them and get them a gift certificate for their favorite restaurant.
One of our other church members gave each pastor a monogramed, glass pitcher with fresh lemons and a family recipe to make lemonade. I thought this was such a fun idea! Get creative and have fun with it!!
How do you celebrate your pastor/s and all they do for you and the congregation?