Five Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor

October has been deemed “Pastor Appreciation Month” by the greeting card companies. What could you do to show your appreciation to your pastors? Cards and small gifts are nice, but what would really show him that you appreciate his ministry?


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October has been deemed “Pastor Appreciation Month” by the greeting card companies. What could you do to show your appreciation to your pastors? Cards and small gifts are nice, but what would really show him that you appreciate his ministry?

  • Love his wife as a sister and treat her as a friend. If you appreciate your pastor’s ministry, let his wife know. If you have a problem with your pastor, talk to him, not his wife. Oftentimes it is the opposite.
  • Attend the weekly gatherings of your assembly. Your pastor pours himself all week into preparing to serve you at those designated times. Be there, on time and ready to participate.
  • Sit in the front half of the room. Nothing feels less appreciated than trying to teach a group that seems like it is trying to get as far away as possible.
  • Ask him a question about his sermon. Your pastor has been studying and thinking about that passage or topic all week and he would love to engage someone in conversation about it. Knowing at least one other person is thinking about it will encourage him in his future study as well.
  • Ask your pastor for a specific request you can pray for him that week. Then pray for it and let him know you did. You’d be surprised what an encouragement it is to know someone is praying.

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13).

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Mark Perry

Assistant Pastor at Westerville Bible Church
Blessed with the privilege of serving in the church where he grew up, Mark enjoys teaching the Bible, ministering in music, and serving wherever he can. He and his wife, Bekah, enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, and raising puppies as guide dogs for the visually impaired.
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