Last year at this time, I posted these ten ideas for honoring your pastors during Pastor Appreciation Month. Add these ideas below to that list, and do something this month that says, “Thank you” to the shepherds of your congregation. Maybe you, your family, your small group, or your congregation can provide these gifts:
- Provide a framed picture of your church building. I have pictures of both churches I pastored hanging on my office wall. I’m grateful for those congregations every time I look at the pictures.
- Offer five nights of childcare over the rest of the month. Give your pastor and spouse the opportunity to have several date nights this month.
- Give him time and funds to attend a conference he wants to attend. Even if he already receives a conference benefit, increase it for this year.
- Set aside a special day to honor his wife. If you really want to make your pastor happy, focus on his wife instead. A great day for her is a great day for him.
- Flood his email inbox with recorded thank you notes. Take a few minutes, record a short video greeting and "thank you" on your computer, and send it to your pastor.
- Give him a trip to Israel. Your pastor will never approach the Bible or the pulpit the same way after walking in the Holy Land.
- Make a commitment to pay his costs to earn a doctoral degree. Many pastors I know want additional training, but the costs prohibit them. Make a long-term commitment to help your shepherd get that degree.
- Give him and his family a local gym membership. Because you appreciate them, help them live longer by staying in shape.
- Help him participate in his hobby. If his hobby is golf, give him several rounds of golf. If it’s reading, give him Amazon cards. If it’s camping and fishing, give him gift cards to a sporting goods store. Give him something you know he’ll enjoy.
- Detail his car. Clean it. Wax it. Change the oil. Fill it with gas. Give it back to him with a few restaurant gift cards in the front seat.
- Give him a commentary set, one or two volumes per month. That way, this year’s appreciation gift keeps on giving.
- Have the church’s children write him notes. Few things melt a pastor’s heart like the simple, honest words of children. One note I received years ago intended to say, “I wish you didn’t have to leave,” but the little one misspelled “leave” as “live” (at least, I think it was supposed to say “leave”)!
What other ideas would you add to this list?