The 2nd Sunday in October is always Clergy Appreciation Day and the entire month of October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. There are about 42,500 people serving as clergy in the United States and about 133 million people identify themselves as attendees of a Christian Church. While Christians make up nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion people, how many of those Christians take time to thank and appreciate their clergy? Clergy Appreciation Month, established in 1992, was developed with the mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers who work so tirelessly in this field of work. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13:
“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!”
- The Message Bible
Paul admonished the saints at Thessalonica to honor those leaders who are laboring, praying, serving and sincerely devoting themselves to the work of the Lord. As such, these messengers of Christ should be the benefactor of our affection. There are many ways one can pay special homage to these workers. One way is to set aside the entire month of October as “31 Days of Praise” whereby volunteers are scheduled for month-long blessings of ‘surprise treats’ for the pastor. Then, each day of the month, the pastor will receive a surprise token of appreciation from a church member, committee or group within the church. The tributes may vary and can include anything from a haircut (or a facial if female), a balloon and/or flower delivery, a dessert or some other token of appreciation. In every treat or gift provided, include a sincere note with specific reasons why you appreciate your pastor or minister’s spiritual leadership, dedication, time and commitment to God’s work. After a whole month of surprises, your pastor will really feel appreciated! In addition, God will be honored by your acts of love for His servant.
The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in these articles, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. Rather, the objective is strictly informative and educational. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.
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