Ideas for Honoring Your Pastor | Veneration

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This has been a difficult year for pastors and church leaders. The pandemic has changed almost everything we do, but pastors quickly pivoted and worked hard to make adjustments. If they have ever gained in appreciation, it is good this year.

Here are some ways to show your gratitude during this Pastor’s Appreciation Month:

Give your pastor and his family a weekend getaway. Give them a break from someone else’s nickel and make sure the weather doesn’t count as a vacation. Nowadays it can be a road trip, of course.

Do some chores for him and his family. Rake the leaves. Cut the grass. Wash cars. Paint a room. Pressure wash the patio or house. Do something that helps her.

Catalog his books. Computer tools make it possible to catalog books quickly, but someone has to do the job. Save your pastor the job.

Help him participate in his hobby. If his hobby is golf, treat him to several rounds of golf. If it’s reading, consider bookstore cards. Give him something that you know he will appreciate.

Offer him a set of commentaries, one or two volumes per month. In this way, this year’s gift of appreciation continues to give.

Give gifts to his wife and children. The church that loves a pastor’s family will have a pastor who loves them.

Prepare a thank you note book. I still have and cherish a notebook that people wrote to me as their pastor.

Offer five nights of babysitting the rest of the month. Give your pastor and spouse the opportunity to have multiple date nights this month.

Save a special day to honor his wife. If you really want to please your pastor, focus on his wife instead. A great day for her is a great day for him.

Make a personal commitment not to speak badly of him – or to listen to those who do. Support him in front of others.

Update and modernize his office. Paint the walls. Provide new furniture. Replace outdated murals.

Give him a new computer. If he’s like the rest of us, he’s used his current one for so many Zoom meetings and recordings this year!

If you’ve been sitting in church for awhile, begin to serve. I assure you that he will appreciate every believer who is more committed to God and his work.

Provide a framed photo of your church. I have pictures of the two churches that I led hanging on my office wall and I am grateful to these congregations every time I look at the pictures.

Give him time and money to attend a conference he wants to attend. Even if he already sees a conference benefit, increase it for this year.

Send her a video thank you note from your family. Take a few minutes, record a short welcome and “thank you” video and send it.

When travel permits again, treat him to a trip to Israel. Your pastor will never approach the Bible or the pulpit in the same way after walking in the Holy Land.

Commit to paying their fees to obtain a doctorate. Make a long-term commitment to help your Shepherd get the degree he wants.

Give him and his family a membership to the local gym. Because you appreciate them, help them live longer by staying in shape.

Detail his car. Cleans. Wax it. Change the oil. Fill it with gas. Return it to him with a few restaurant gift cards in the front seat.

Have the church children write notes for him. Few things melt a pastor’s heart like the simple, honest words of children.

Give him an Amazonian tree. The “tree” might just be a big twig or an artificial plant, but the leaves are Amazon gift cards. Every pastor I know wants more books.

Give her an extra week of vacation. Even if it is only for this year, he will be grateful.

Make a commitment to pray for him daily, and then be sure to do so. Let her know you are doing it too. He will be grateful.

Ask him, “What can I do to help you the most?” You might be surprised by his response. He might have immediate needs.

What other ideas would you add to this list?

Chuck Lawless is dean of doctoral studies and vice president of spiritual training and ministry centers at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he is also a professor of evangelism and missions.

Chuck Lawless is dean of doctoral studies and vice president of spiritual training and ministry centers at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he is also a professor of evangelism and missions.


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