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At My-Pastor.com we try to answer most of your pastor appreciation questions - and many of your other questions about your pastor. But each church is unique. So I frequently receive emails with very specific questions about things happening in someone's church. I try my best to answer each question thoughtfully. But there are some questions about pastors that I don't feel I can address adequately.

I thought, then, that it might be best to allow my readers to help me out... sort of a committee of people answering questions. That's what this page is about.

Do you have clergy appreciation questions? Do you have questions about your pastor's anniversary, your pastor search, or your pastor's salary? Do you have any question at all about your pastor or pastors in general?

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pastor appreciation cake idea 
My dad is my pastor. We are United Baptist. We (the congregation) are celebrating pastor appreciation on Sunday with a dinner and presenting him with gifts. …

Should a retiring Pastor stay in the church he just retired from? 
Our Pastor is retiring after 30+ years, serving the same congregation. He & his wife (very used to "running things")plan to stay in the area (the church …

My Pastor and I might be too close? 
Im a 21 year old girl. My church is run by the most wonderful husband and wife team of Pastors Ronald and Anna. They got married late in life and have …

What day is Pastor Appreciation Day? 
What day is Pastor Appreciation Day? ANSWER: Pastor Appreciation is celebrated throughout the month of October. Many churches have a celebration …

Transitional Pastor 
Should one ask the same interview questions of an interim pastor that you would use in the selection process for a full time pastor? ANSWER: Typically …

Should a pastor have contact with his former congregation in the same community? 
Help me with an ethical question. Should a pastor who has moved churches in the same community continue to have dinners, coffee and camping trips with …

I Need Scripture for a Pastor and Wife Anniversary 
What scripture do I read for pastor and wife's anniversary? ANSWER: There are a list of verses here that might be appropriate for a pastors anniversary. …

Why Celebrate a Pastor's Anniversary? 
Why do we celebrate a pastor's anniversary?

Are Cash Gifts Taxable? 
Are cash/check gifts to the pastor taxable when they come from individuals and not directly from the church?

Can I Use An Article in Our Church Newletter? 
I edit and write most of the things for our monthly church newsletter, and I would love to use, "How To Find A Better Pastor," in my publication next week. …

Is there Scripture reading appropriate for my pastor's anniversary? 
Where can I find a scripture reading for my pastors anniversary?

Ministerial Staff Vacations 
Do you consider four weeks of vacation to be 28 days or 36 days? The extra 8 days being one day off during the week and Saturday. Thank you, Linda …

Should Your Former Pastor Serve as Your Interim Pastor? 
If your pastor steps down can he/she serve as interim pastor? If so what role does he/she play in your day to day operations?

Should a pastor get additional time off when he works extra days? 
Should Pastors earn additional time off because they come in to church on days which the church office is normally closed (Saturday & Monday)? Sometimes …

Can you help with some church and pastor tax questions? 
Is taxation for the ministry a valid legal permission? 2.) What types of tax deductions are allowed for religious advocates? (need 5) 3.) What …

I'm a Pastor's Daughter 
I'm a pastor's daughter and I find myself feeling depressed a lot since everyone sets unreal expectations for me and I am constantly bombarded by members …

Should You Receive Your Pastor as a "Gift" or a "Treasure?" 
I was sitting in a new members class and was told by the pastor's wife that the pastor should be received as a gift sent to impart into you and a treasure. …

What Are Some Good Pastor Ordination Gifts? 
My pastor is about to be ordained. What kind of gifts would be appropriate for this occasion? Thank you for your time.

Should a Pastor Document Time Spent on Church Work? 
I am just wondering what sort of accountability should be set for a pastor. Should he/she document time spent on church work? Thank you for your …

Can I Translate a Poem into Spanish? 
Can I translate a poem from my-pastor.com into Spanish?

Where Can I Find Pastor Tributes? 
I'm looking for a website with tributes to Pastors for their hard labor. I would like to show appreciation from the congregation.

How Do I Roast My Pastor's Wife? 
Pastor Roast. I have been put on program to do the roast for the Pastor's wife on the Pastor's Anniversary next week. I am the Pastor's wife's sister. …

When Is Pastor Appreciation Month? 
When is Pastor Appreciation Month? Is there a month when we are "supposed" to celebrate Pastor Appreciation or can we do it any time?

Pastor Counselling Needed 
Do you know of any conference center that does retreats centered on counseling for a pastor and wife where the pastor has admitted to adultery? ANSWER: …

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What percentage of votes do you need in order to extend a call to a new pastor? 
What would you recommend as the minimum percentage of members that show support for a potential pastor be considered before calling the candidate: 50%, …

Appeal letters for 30th Pastor Anniversary 
Are there any sample letters for writing appeal letters for donations on Pastor's 30th Anniversary to members and businesses? ANSWER: That is something …

gift idea?? 
we have a unique situation, our pastor is leaving but not under the best circumstances. it was decided 8 months ago that a change was necessary and we …

pastor appreciation 
If the pastor's wife has past away, how can you include her?

When did it begin? 
Who started Pastors appreciation month and what year?

Pastor Scriptures 
I'm looking for scriptures having to do with honoring and supporting pastors. Directions for the "flock" to support and respect them. I appreciate responses …

Pastor Appreciation Day 
When is Pastor Appreciation Day in 2012? ANSWER: Pastor Appreciation is officially on the second Sunday in October. However, many churches do it any …

Answers to the Brain Teasers 
Where do we find the answers to the bible brain teasers? I'm afraid that I don't keep track to the answers - Sorry. I'm sure that if you get a few …

Health 
Our Paster's Health Is geting To Where He Can't Preach Much, He Has Been Having Other Preacher's preach For Him. He Talk's About Steping Down Now …

What Bible Verb Best Describes a Pastor? 
What bible verb best describes a pastor? ANSWER: I would say, Shepherd... as in "Shepherd the flock of God." See 1 Peter 5:2 Anyone else want …

Full time pastor with a full time job 
I am wondering how to make it work (if it can) where I am a Full time youth pastor at my church while maintaining a 40-45 hour a week job. I accepted …

How to gift your pastor with out tax liability? 
How could a church gift a pastor with a car without him having tax liability? ANSWER: What a wonderful and gracious gift! I suggest that you contact …

Scripture for Cake Decorating 
What is a good Scripture to use for Pastor appreciation day in decorating a cake? Preferably in the book of Job.

Cruise 
If the church pays for the Pastor and wife to go on a cruise, would the amount be taxable income to him? ANSWER: I'm not a tax professional so you …

Newsletter article 
I'm writing a newsletter article about Pastors appreciation. When did it start and who started it, biblical refrences will be appreciated? ANSWER: …

When is pastor appreciation month? 
What traditional month is Pastor Appreciation? ANSWER: Pastor Appreciation Month is October every year. However, churches choose to celebrate …

Sample Compensation Package 
Thank you so much for the site. Great job and very good information. I was wondering if you had a sample of a compensation package that include all …

I Need a Scripture Passage for My Pastor's Anniversary 
Hello my name is Greg and I'm to read a scpipture at my pastors anniversary of 15 years so I want to read something that reflects him as being a great …

Should a Pastor Be Honored by An Anniversary or Appreciation? 
If a pastor is receiving a salary should he also receive an appreication or a anniversay or both. ANSWER: Yes - a pastor should be honored with a …

Qualification - Husband of one wife 
Does this qualification mean 1) one wife at a time 2) never been divorced Are all qualifications equally weighted? Does husband of one wife have …

Pastor's Appreciation Gift 
Each year our church budgets about $950 to plan and put on Pastor Appreciation Day (PAD). In recent years any un-used funds is given to Pastor either …

Is Ordination Required for Baptizing Someone? 
Does a pastor have to be ordained to baptize someone? ANSWER: In my opinion, a person does not need to be ordained before he can baptize someone. I …

Name Tags to Help a New Pastor 
How can we encourage the congregation to wear name tags to help a new pastor know the members? ANSWER: Name tags are a funny thing: a lot of people …

Are there Gifts for Pastor's Husbands? 
What is an appropriate gift for a pastor's husband? (wife is pastor) I am having a hard time finding any kind of plaque or gift. Everything seems geared …

A To Do List for a Pastor's Anniversary 
Can you give me a list of things the program committee needs to do for the pastor and wife's anniversary? ANSWER: I suggest that you use the material …

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Scriptures for Pastor's Anniversary 
I need some scriptures for our pastor's anniversary. Do you have any suggestions? ANSWER: I would recommend any of the scripture passages on this page: …

What Do You Preach For A Former Pastor? 
What Scripture would you use to preach to a former Pastor that has resigned, but the church is still wiling to give them a Pastor's Appreciation Day? …

How Do I Roast My Pastor? 
How do i roast my pastor with clean funny one-liners? Answer: John, I suggest you look at this page: Roast Your Pastor .

Rebuilding after pastor retirement 
What should a church do when a pastor steps down suddenly? Answer: The first thing to do is celebrate the ministry of your pastor. Honor him with …

Do you have a sample donation letter? 
Where can I find a sample letter that asks everyone in the congregation to participate in a love offering for our pastor? ANSWER: There is a sample …

I'm Lost - I Can't Find the Pastor Tribute's Page 
What happened to the "brag on your pastor" page? ANSWER: You can brag on your pastor here. I think your question answers one I've been pondering: …

What's the Difference Between Pastor Anniversary and Pastor Appreciation 
I am wondering what is the difference between the two? How should we celebrate them differently? I do understand that you celebrate the anniversary when …

Pastor Tax Withholding 
I am a pastor of a small church. Rather than pay quarterly estimates for Self Employment, I have chosen to withhold a certain amount each week from my …

What Do Pastors Experience Every Day? 
We heard a mini-sermon stating some of the many things a pastor faces in his role - 1) working with girls who are pregnant 2) dealing with marriage problems …

I'm New to the Board... Where Do I Start? 
God put it on my pastor's heart to make me chairman of the Pastor Appreciation Program. Where do I begin? This is new for me, and I believe in doing things …

Walking With a Pastor & Family After Resignation 
Our pastor just resigned this past Sunday based on the fact that a pastoral vote is coming up, and the Elders of the congregation were not sure that the …

Are there Scriptures for aPastor's Wife? 
Where would I find pastor’s wife appreciation scriptures? I want to tell her how good she has been to us and we are truly thankful even though it is not …

How Do We Write an Announcement for the Newspaper?  
We have such a great pastor! We were holding services in a hall but God blessed us with a building in January. Things are going so good! But because of …

What Questions Should We Ask at a Pastor's Ordinaton? 
It would be nice if you would post a list of the types of questions or sub-headings of questions that may be asked of an aspiring pastor during the ordination …

Can You Help Me use, "Go Light Your World" for Pastor Appreciation Day? 
I would like to find information on using the song, "Go Light Your World" along with lighting candles for Pastor Appreciation Day. I saw it somewhere …

What Is the Best Surprise Pastor Gift? 
I want to surprise my Pastor. He has been a blessing to me. I have been sending him encouragements and also leading people to Christ. But now I want to …

What Should We serve at a Pastoral Anniversary? 
I would like to know a good meal to serve at a pastoral anniversary, instead of serving the norm. A meal that's not tacky, but filling.

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