Why Pastor Appreciation?

Do pastors really need a special clergy appreciation day?

Why pastor appreciation? Well, think about this: on any given Sunday your pastor is ministering to...

two marriages in crisis...

a family with a daughter, neice, or granddaughter that is in high school and pregnant...

multiple families with children who've rejected the gospel...

a young couple overwhelmed by infertility...

several families living below the poverty level...

a woman who recently learned she has cancer...

a middle aged man adjusting to life after divorce...

three people in need of employment...

a mom and dad with a young son or daughter in the military...

three victims of abuse...

two women recently widowed...

100 people in need of spiritual growth.


Why pastor appreciation? Think about this: on any given Sunday your pastor is rejoicing with...

a couple with a newborn...

newlyweds...

someone who has turned to Christ...

recent graduates...

a man who found a new job...

the woman who received a promotion...

20 people with spiritual growth.


Why pastor appreciation? Think about this: on any given Sunday your pastor is...

finishing his six day work week...

praying for you...

enduring intense criticism from people you wouldn't expect...

watching someone fall asleep...

wondering if he is really making a difference in your life and in the church...

being compared to Chuck Swindoll...

struggling financially...

trying to find ways to help you grow in Christ...

demonstrating sacrificial love to you and your church.


Why pastor appreciation? Think about this: on any given Sunday your pastor's previous week included...

a lengthy and stressful leadership meeting...

a funeral or a wedding...

multiple counseling sessions...

attempts to help several people reconcile broken relationships...

hospital visitation...

worship preparation...

study and sermon preparation...

a committee meeting...

an anonymous note criticizing him for one reason or another...

bulletin preparation...

a phone call wondering why he hadn't unlocked the church for youth basketball...

three bible studies...

a virus on the church office computer...

extensive planning for the next holiday celebration...

and a young adult pizza party.


Why pastor appreciation? Think about this: on any given Sunday people in your church want a pastor who:

leads them but does not tell them what they should do...

uses creativity in planning the services without changing anything...

preaches the bible as advice rather than commands to be obeyed...

works well with children, youth, college kids, singles, young married couples, middle aged people, and seniors...

spends time with people away from the church but is rarely out of the office...

is available 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year...

preaches like Chuck Swindoll but is always willing to stop studying during the week when someone stops by for a chat...

keeps an eye on church maintainance...

develops high quality ministry programs on a limited budget...


Why pastor appreciation? Think about this: on any given Sunday your pastor would rather be with you and your church than with anyone else. He would rather be doing what he does for you and your church than anything else.

Why clergy appreciation? Think about this: he loves God with all his heart and he loves you unconditionally.

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