October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Of course, we are encouraged to show love to our pastors year-round, but in October we want to be more intentional. Where would our churches be without pastors?
The pastorate is unique among all the helping professions. It is very complex. One major clergy effectiveness study conducted by Richard DeShon demonstrated that to be a pastor requires 65 different skill sets! They are on call 24/7 and present during the most intimate moments of our lives, from the birth of our babies to the marriages of our children and the deaths of our grandparents. They lead, train, equip, counsel, and accompany us on the journey of life. So, we do well to dedicate the month of October to appreciating our pastors.
Have you considered how you might show appreciation for your pastor(s)?
Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors for clergy well-being is the support pastors experience from their congregations. A partnership between you and your pastor(s) is highly significant for their effectiveness and well-being. But it is not always easy to know just how to show appreciation. We in Education & Clergy Development are honored to partner with you to help your pastor(s) thrive personally and professionally. To that end, we have sent to the leading lay person in each church a packet that includes some fantastic opportunities to support your pastor and prepare for Pastor Appreciation Month in October. Click Pastor Appreciation ’21 to access these resources on our website.
Thank you for living out the words of the Apostle Paul who wisely encouraged us “to respect those who work hard among you . . . hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
May God bless you lavishly for your faithful service to the church as you affirm and appreciate your pastor(s).
David Higle is the director of clergy care and development, Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church.
DeShon, Richard P. “Clergy Effectiveness: National Survey Results,” published by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 2010.