By Staff, Baptist Message
Pastor Appreciation Month is just around the corner and the Louisiana Baptist Pastoral Leadership Team is providing church members with a list of ways to encourage their church staff and their families.
Held every year in October, Pastor Appreciation Month is a time set aside to honor ministers during that period. Louisiana Baptist Church Administration Strategist Stacy Morgan said encouragement is something ministers need and Pastor Appreciation Month allows church members to show that gratitude.
“The key thing is church members should recognize that pastors are a gift from God to the church,” Morgan said. “They are not merely an employee or hireling, based on Acts 20:28 and Ephesians 4:8-10. The Bible also says we are to honor those who serve among us and to give honor where honor is due.”
Honoring a pastor also has the practical benefit of encouraging him to serve the congregation and community well, Morgan said.
“Everyone wants to be appreciated for what they do,” he said. “As a result, whenever a church honors their pastor they are honoring God because it was the Lord that sent him to them. When you criticize your pastor, unduly you may be criticizing God and His provision for the church.”
The top five ways Morgan believes a church can honor a pastor, whether in October or another month of the year, are:
• be a faithful, active Christian and church member
• pray for him and with him
• resist comparing him to other favorite pastors
• talk with him about concerns rather than talking about him to other people
• surprise him with an expression of your appreciation no matter how small throughout the year
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“The Bible teaches us we should be thankful to The Lord in all things and you cannot express too much thanks to God,” Morgan said. “Pastor and staff appreciaton allows us to thank The Lord for His provision for His church.”