Pastor Appreciation Month

logo-Pastor_Appreciation_Month-300x165A friend of mine wrote an article on the burdens that our pastors carry. Since this is Pastor Appreciation Month, I felt this article important to pass on to our readers.

A few of the points that he makes are:

  • Many in the congregation only see a small fraction of what a pastor does beyond the 2-3 hours a week (e.g. visitations, meetings, bible studies, sermon preparation).
  • We don’t see the spiritual warfare that he encounters .. misunderstandings, backbiting, undermining, rumour mongering, etc.
  • A pastor’s family is also frequently a target or needs encouragement in their positions
  • Encouragement means a lot to a pastor — even a short comment saying how his work has impacted you means a lot to him and will brighten his week.
  • Verbal encouragement is excellent; better yet point out specific points in his sermon or ministry that have helped or educated you.
  • A note is better because he can reread it at hard moments when he needs it

We at BJS of course encourage you to lift up your pastors all the time, not just during October, or even December when the trials are there, but throughout the year. Your pastor is human and needs encouragement and validation just as much as you do.

I’d also add that encouraging the pastor’s family is also critical — taking the time to tell the pastor’s wife on how much you appreciate her sacrifices, or babysitting for them while he and his wife get to go out for an evening.


To read the full article, click here.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Pastor Appreciation Month — 3 Comments

  1. Our pastor writes up a short list of what he does for his voters meeting report. It includes things such as, x number of visits to members/non-members, x number of Bible studies, etc. I think this helps the members of the congregation see how much the pastor does. Also, for pastor appreciation month one year, our bulletin included a “things you can do for the pastor” note each week. This was a good reminder for the members that we need to take care of our pastors and their families.

  2. @Joya #1
    … our bulletin included a “things you can do for the pastor” note each week. This was a good reminder for the members that we need to take care of our pastors and their families.

    “Pastor’s reports” don’t get past Elders’ meetings, in many places. They should. In some, even “voters” is a skeleton crew.

    You have a better idea than “appreciation” months (or weeks, as is the case at my place of employment.) If people don’t care what you do the rest of the year, sending saccharine notes during one week because it’s labeled “staff week” or “supervisors’ week” isn’t very convincing.

  3. I have a member who always says, “bless you” as he receives the host each Sunday. That’s pastor appreciation.

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