In the next couple of days, believers around the world will go to church, say “hi” to brothers and sisters, sing a few songs, hear the Word, and then have lunch – all the while missing opportunities to say “thank you” to some faithful Christ-followers. Maybe this list will cause you to think about thanking these folks as you go to church this weekend:
- Your Christian parents and grandparents. Assuming they are believers—and even if they don’t attend church with you—let them know your gratitude for modeling Christ before you.
- Parking lot and door greeters. They greet faithfully week after week. We say “good morning” to them but not often, “Thank you.”
- Nursery and children’s workers. They often serve behind the scenes, but they’re pouring the gospel into our next generations. Don’t just drop your kids off at the door; thank the adults working with them.
- Small group leaders. They don’t do what they do for a “thank you,” but they’ll accept that word with gratitude themselves.
- Ushers. When’s the last time you said, “thank you” to someone who receives the offering every week?
- Worship team members. Strong worship leaders and gifted musicians aren’t always easy to find. If you want to keep yours, say “thanks” more often.
- Sound and video technicians. They’re often hidden in a room in the back or high in the balcony, but a worship service without them can quickly become difficult to follow. Thank them this weekend for helping you see and hear the gospel story.
- Someone whose Christian walk is a model for you. You pay attention to their lives, and they encourage you. Why not say “thanks” when you see them at church? You’ll make their day.
- Your church staff. Sure, we say “thanks” during Pastor Appreciation Month, Christmas, anniversaries, etc.—but an unexpected, unplanned “thank you” can bring great joy to a faithful staff member.
- Your pastor. Don’t just compliment the sermon as you go out the door after the service; tell your pastor how grateful you are for him.
Who else will you thank this weekend?