The month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. There are some very practical ways that church members can express their appreciation to their pastor. Keep in mind that your pastor is the only member of your church that does not have a pastor. The apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthian church where he states, "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not." (II Corinthians 4:1.) Pastors are ministers who have a calling to do ministry but they are in need of God's mercy like everyone else.
Allow me to share some ways that we can show appreciation for the pastor. This is written from a pastor's perspective and is in no way an exhaustive list.
First, your pastor needs encouragement. Verbally express your thanks for something he has done or maybe something that he said in one of his sermons that benefitted you personally. I often hear people say to me that they enjoyed the sermon. Not sure that some sermons are meant to be enjoyed. Tell him something that you heard from his sermon. This will let him know that you were at least listening.
Always pray for your pastor. Let him know that you are praying for him. No greater support can church members give their pastor than to pray for him. When you pray for him don't forget to include his family.
Show the pastor grace and understanding. Perhaps he was not at his best in delivering the Sunday sermon. Maybe there were some circumstances that you were not aware of that did not allow him the needed time for sermon preparation. Sometimes pastors get physically and emotionally exhausted. Try to understand his busy schedule and all the many responsibilities that he carries.
Show your pastor you appreciate him by giving a gift. Gifts do not have to be monetary gifts. Some of the best gifts I have received have only sentimental value. It is the small gifts that are most important. A handmade card colored by a small child and given to the pastor is one of the best gifts because it comes from the heart. I have bookmarks in my Bible that were given to me by children in the church. I have a certificate on my wall given to me by my church on my tenth anniversary as pastor.
Two Sundays ago New Harmony Baptist Church honored me by showing a video of different pictures of me that were taken from my 14 years of ministry at the church. That meant a lot to me.
There are many other ways you can honor your pastor. Your presence in church is one of the greatest ways to honor and support your pastor. It is also very pleasing to God, too.