I have been hearing about many celebratory days recently. In the last couple of weeks, I have heard about National Pancake Day, National Doughnut Day, Cow Appreciation Day, and the list goes on. There is a day in October that I am finding is very controversial. After researching and choosing to go ahead with this blog post, I found that many do not want to recognize or celebrate this event. It is Pastor Appreciation Day (the second Sunday of October) or Pastor Appreciation Month.
The difficulty in writing this post is that I am married to a pastor. So it is beneficial to me if this is well received, but I believe this is an absolute necessary post to write because I am also the daughter of a pastor.
When I was growing up, we were in a church where people attended. Yes, human people. Some had the best of hearts and were very encouraging to my daddy. But there were always those few—the ones that seemed to feel the need to make life miserable for him and it was a duty they passionately embraced.
The enemy of God is real and is always prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. So whether your church celebrates pastor appreciation or not, as a pastor’s kid and wife, would you do me a favor? Take the time and write your pastor’s name on your calendar on random days throughout the year. On those days, spend time in prayer for your pastor. Maybe just jot your pastor a note of thanks or encouragement.
For a pastor to know that there are those in his congregation that are praying for him will put wind beneath his wings.
(Also, please put the names of missionaries and other lay persons in ministry. Your prayers are wanted and needed.)
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
You just finished reading the blog post Appreciate Your Pastor? Yes or No? by Robyn McKelvy. What’s next?
What can you do to honor your pastor? Hear some practical tips from noted pastor H.B. London, author Crawford Loritts, and the Reverend Dennis Finnan.
Talk to your family tonight and make plans to do something to show your appreciation for your pastor.
Spread the word about Pastor Appreciation month and share this post with your friends! Share this link with your pastor where they can find articles from other pastors, audio from FamilyLife Today radio broadcasts that speak to some of your needs, articles about personal challenges, and resources that can serve them and their families.