Appreciate a Pastor, Today!
So here we are … it’s Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This is the time of year when some congregations take the time to express their gratitude to people serving in ministry. I think I’m supposed to appreciate this appreciation and to champion its cause, hence this letter.
I know of many pastors who have used their personal income just to keep the Church afloat; pastors who refused to eat or drink on the weekend until service is over on Sunday. I know of pastors’ fasting weeks so that a member of their congregation can have a breakthrough. I know of pastors who have cashed out their 401k plans as a down-payment for their church building, etc. Needless to say that many of the people receiving these benefits never take a day to say thank you, Pastor. Even some of them go on to gossip and blackmail these pastors. God knows and sees!
Remember Pastor, “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do. (Heb. 6:10, NLT)”
God told Moses to encourage Joshua his replacement, because he has big shoes to fill, “encourage him…” (Deut. 1:33, NKJV). Even Paul needed appreciation. “we are troubled on every side…nevertheless God who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Cor. 7:5-6, NKJV). When you show appreciation, you’re doing God’s work! We think wonderful things about people but we don’t tell them. However, appreciation only works when you express it. The Bible says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Pro. 12:25 NKJV). So, let’s show appreciation, today!
Why I must appreciate my Pastor:
- The Pastors watch over your soul and they’ll give account to the owner of the church. “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. (Heb. 13:17)”.
- To be a pastor is more than just laboring in preaching and teaching. Ministry is hard, stressful and people often have no clue about the stuff that pastors are dealing with because it’s confidential.
- Pastors are people too not angels - they are “men/women of God” – they are first and foremost men/women before they’re called “men/women of God”; they can be hurt, feel pains just like anyone else and they have their challenges too. Be aware of the fact that ministry is often a thankless job and your gratitude matters and they deserve to be appreciated.
- Your pastor has a difficult job already and you can either be a blessing to him or make his life more difficult. Your choice!
- If you are going to slander your pastor and totally and completely overlook the biblical process of peacemaking (think Matt. 18:15-20), please don’t give them a gift basket, you’ve negatively influence other people toward your pastor and then gave him a gift. We may then have asked: “Betray the Son of Man with a kiss? (Lk. 22:48)”
- People at times think that pastors don’t work much, despite the fact that research shows that pastors work on average, more than 50 hours a week.
Anyway, those are six reasons why I’m a huge fan of Pastor’s Appreciation Month
What Pastors Do Monday through Saturday: “We’re praying. We’re studying. We’re counseling. We’re writing correspondence. We’re handling administrative details. We’re answering the telephone. We’re working with committees. We’re doing some visitation and hospital ministry. We’re marrying and burying. We’re taking time with drop-in folks. We’re planning messages for the future. We’re at seminars and conferences. We’re doing outside speaking engagements. We’re participating in extra church involvement. We’re relaxing. We’re with our family. We’re griping. We’re resting. We’re talking with friends. And occasionally we’re wondering, what in the world am I going to say next Sunday? Truth be told, sometimes we’re feeling sorry for ourselves.” By Chuck Swindol
So, please appreciate your pastor today – and if you don’t, God appreciates His pastors and I appreciate my pastors too. Be blessed and be encouraged in Jesus’ name!
Pastor (Dr.) James O. Fadel
Special Asst. to General Overseer & Chairman, RCCG North America