5 Simple Ways To Show Your Gratitude To Your Pastor
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15
Every October is Pastor Appreciation Month and this month is a great time to show and express your support, appreciation and love to the one who leads you spiritually and feeds your soul with the Word of God.
Here are simple ways to show your gratitude to God’s appointed shepherd or pastor in your congregation.
Honor and submit to them.
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” – 1 Timothy 5:17
One of the simplest ways to show that you truly care for your pastor is to be reverent to him. He is the head of your church that you should always be treated with respect — address him properly and always talk to him with kindness. “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” – 1 Peter 2:17. Thus, doing these simple things such as attending your church faithfully, listening to their preaching and always giving your undivided attention when they speak will make them feel loved, appreciated and happy.
Acknowledge their works.
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
A pastor’s job is really tough and they do their best to fulfill their duties and to attend their congregation’s needs. So, giving them an encouraging note or card saying “Thank you for your hard work!”, “We are blessed to have you.” or any phrase or Scripture that can make your pastor feels appreciated is a good idea to esteem and encourage your pastor’s labor for the congregation. Also, be faithful and a good steward by giving your tithes, offerings and pledge to your church. Give generously to the one who endlessly supports, guides, prays for you and feeds your soul.
“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 27:30
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10
Give them gifts.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Express your gratitude to your pastor through giving him gifts or a gift card in his favorite clothing store or restaurant. Also buying or giving him a new suit, inspirational books, a nice set of pens, a desk organizer or an Experiencing God perpetual calendar with 366 inspirational messages and Scripture is a great way to let him know that you are thinking of him. “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” – Matthew 10:42. Also, an act of service is one of the best things that you can give to your pastor — let him know that you really care and appreciate him by preparing his coffee, helping to mow his yard or volunteering to clean, dust, vacuum his office. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16
Support your pastor in their hobbies and interests.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17
Know your pastor’s favorites and interests such as their favorite food, restaurant, leisure or hobbies. If you know your pastor’s favorite dishes — cook it for him and invite him and his family into your home for dinner or fellowship. “So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.” – 1 Corinthians 11:33. Thus, if they love golfing, fishing or travelling — give them something that they can use wherever they go such as travel coffee mug or tumbler, I Am with You Always handheld wooden cross, a Bible journal or a planner where he can record all his schedules and plan for the day. “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6
Pray for your pastor’s life and family.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Your pastor carries the burdens of your entire congregation, so help him by praying for him and his family. Ask God to give him emotional, physical and spiritual strength, courage and wisdom to carry on each day. Let your pastor know that he and his family are always in your prayers to ease his burdens and loads. Tell him that he is not alone and you are always there to support him through prayers. “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:2
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18
Thus, let him know that you are blessed to meet someone like him, your life has been bettered through his teachings, sermons and preaching and you are also grateful to God for giving him into your church. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15