*** October is Clergy Appreciation Month ***

It has been said that our pastors are on the front lines in the effort to defend our faith and our families. Pastors have been there for all of us in times of crisis and in times of suffering. We owe these pastors a debt of gratitude that we’ll never be able to pay!!

Congregations honor their pastors in many ways, with everything from notes of encouragement to vacations. Search the Internet for ideas and you’ll find poems, songs, skits, cash offerings, restaurant gift cards and any number of other suggestions for expressing your appreciation to your pastor, church staff and their families.

The concept of clergy appreciation started with the Apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches, according to Focus on the Family’s ThrivingPastor.com. Since then, pastors have been recognized and honored at various times of the year by different denominations and individual churches. Focus on the Family began emphasizing Pastor Appreciation Month in the early 1990s, reminding congregations to honor their clergy staffs and families throughout the year, but suggesting a special tribute during October.

Scriptures that Encourage Us To Show Our Pastor Appreciation:

“And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12 & 13 (The Message).

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine”. – 1 Timothy 5:17 (KJV)

“ … The Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT)

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