Some ideas to REALLY show your pastor that he/she is appreciated
The Pastor Appreciation Net website has these ideas (plus others)
They offer the following advice, “Present your pastor with meaningful pastor appreciation gifts. Pastor gifts can [be] given not only during pastor appreciation month but also throughout the year, making every Sunday Pastor Appreciation Day.” Good point. So here are the ideas:
- Actually listen to your pastor’s sermons.
- Better yet, apply the truth of your pastor’s preaching to specific areas of your life and then say “Thank You Pastor, for helping me spiritually”.
- If you nod your head during the sermon, do so because you are in agreement, not falling asleep. (Please avoid shaking your head “NO” should you disagree with something the pastor says during the sermon.)
- Take notes of your pastor’s preaching, hopefully of the sermon.
- Say “amen” when the pastor proclaims spiritual truth, because “amen” means “so be it!” and “right on!”.
- Say “amen” real loud but be careful because it will shock the pastor and some will think a spiritual revival is beginning.
- If you hear someone say “Praise the Lord”, stand up and actually do so! People will be convinced spiritual revival is taking place.
- Give a good report about your pastor, bragging about your pastor in such a way that your relatives and friends just might want to attend church just to meet such a wonderful person.
- Show up at church workdays so that there will at least 2 people present, the pastor and you.
What can I say? That would definitely make almost any pastor happy!!
Here are a few other, more traditional, ways that they offer for showing appreciation:
- Be aware of the unique needs of the pastor’s children, providing financial help for church children’s camp or church teen camps as well as youth group retreats.
- Suggest your church leaders explore the idea of granting your pastor a pastor’s sabbatical.
- A bed and breakfast gift certificate was one of the most memorable pastor appreciation gifts given my wife and [me] by one of our congregations.
Updated September 22: Here are a few more ideas from My-Pastor.com:
- Adopt a child. Have seniors “adopt” each of the pastor’s kids. The adopted parents or grandparents would commit to pray daily for their adoptee, send them birthday cards and Christmas presents. A senior in my church intentionally seeks one of my daughters out each Sunday. This grandpa gives my daughter a hug and asks her how her week went. She feels special without being self-conscious.
- Make repairs to or paint the pastor’s house. Some pastors are skilled at home projects. Some are skilled and enjoy home projects. Some just enjoy home projects. Then there are pastors like me…I’m neither skilled at nor do I enjoy home projects.
- You might also pay for a year of music lessons, or karate lessons, or gymnastics for the pastor’s children.
- Or you might pay to send a child to basketball camp, or some other unique opportunity.
Along the lines of ministering to the pastor’s children, they offer the following (excellent) advice: “It might help you generate ideas if you ask the question, ‘What do my kids have or what have they done that my pastor’s son or daughter does not have or has not done?‘”
And this one from the North American Church of God (Anderson):
- Pastor appreciation will continue throughout the year when each of our leaders will be treated to a home-cooked meal at least once a month by members of the congregation.