#madm linkup: Pastor Appreciation Month

ministry staffHere’s the truth. I work with some of the most humble, wonderful, Godly ministers in the world. I’ve been on staff here for 12 1/2 years, and the longer I’m here, the more I appreciate the people who give their time, energy and resources to lead our ministries and missions. October is pastor/minister/clergy appreciation month, so I thought I would use my Make a Difference Monday post to say thank you to them for all the amazing work they do, both inside the church and with the members of the community and world.

I had no idea how hard it would be to work at a church – how great it could be, but also how draining. These men and women have all served for years, working with all sorts of people, and they have done it with dignity, grace and more patience than I could ever muster. Every day they reveal more of God’s character to me, whether they are helping the hurting, mentoring the young, leading studies and classes, or simply being available and present for people. It’s a true honor to call each one of them not only my ministerial staff, but my sweet friends.

If you are a member of a local congregation, make sure you take the time to say thank you to the men and women who lead you. It means more than you’ll know. Here are some easy ways to say thank you to your pastors/ministers this month:

  • Write them an email, or better yet, a handwritten note
  • Bake a favorite treat and surprise them with it
  • Donate to the church or a cause they support in their honor
  • Publicly and privately support them and their ministries
  • Encourage their families with notes, cards and words of thanks
  • Volunteer in their ministry – nothing shows appreciation like someone being willing to give their time to help protect yours
  • Just say thank you. Say it often. Not just in October.

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