Top Ten Ways to Express Appreciation for Your Pastor During Pastor Appreciation Month in October.

*Note: this was a top ten theme requested by the Mid America Union for their upcoming October issue of Outlook Magazine which is about Appreciating Pastors.

10. Tell him/her in person how much you appreciate them.

9.  Get a card signed by the church family expressing appreciation of the pastoral family’s ministry.

8.  Have a potluck in the pastor’s honor with his favorite foods.

7. Volunteer babysitting services [where applicable] so the pastor can go on a date with their spouse [where applicable].

6. Create a “get out of trouble free” card for the pastor next time he/she makes a mistake; which enables instant forgiveness of all wrongs…maybe this should happen anyway on a regular basis.

5. Pay for a professional cleaning of the pastoral “estate”.

4. Cover all the pastor’s speaking slots for the month.

3. Excuse them from all church meetings for the month.

2. Give gift cards to the pastoral family’s favorite restaurant/store.

1. Pool resources and send the pastoral family on a little getaway—as in get away from the church.



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6 responses to “Top Ten Ways to Express Appreciation for Your Pastor During Pastor Appreciation Month in October.

  1. Laverne

    After reading some of your top ten lists, the thought occurred to me, “do you enjoy being a pastor?”

    • sethoutlook

      Yes, pastoring is a great calling. However it does have difficulties and challenges. A sense of humor is helpful in overlooking the quirks and troubles than can occur in a congregation, and this blog is one way to take a humorous look at church culture while making points that hopefully will makea positive impact.

  2. Belinda Alter-E

    Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it! Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks. I totally enjoy the lists and can see where you are coming from. I am a lay person and can easily observe all the idiosyncrasies (is that how you spell it?) you describe in your lists. Keep up the good work.

  3. Martin Weber

    I like #6–get out of trouble free card. This ought to be a given for Christians, since we live, move and breathe by grace (through faith, of course). But because we are not as gracious with each other as God is with us, then it needs to be there on your list.

  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  5. This is a nice list. As a staff member who works in a church, but also a daughter of a pastor, this list includes some wonderful ways for congregants to show appreciation to their pastor(s).

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