When it came to professions, you didn’t select an easy one. Perhaps for you, shepherding God’s people is more of a calling than a career.
As many times as you’ve been tempted to quit, the Spirit you won’t allow.
Like shepherding, the terrain can be rough. Dry. Hot. Isolating. A steep uphill trek where your feet slip. The trail disappears. The well isn’t around the next corner. You wonder if you’ve lost your way—not to mention all the sheep trailing behind you.
Then you catch a glimpse of the power and presence and God again.
The moments when heaven touches earth in worship.
The stories of transformation that defy explanation.
The healing that baffles every doctor.
The stray soul that wanders into your congregation and begins flourishing in the most jaw dropping ways.
The word from God that carries you another day, another sermon, another year.
Your work is filled with delight and wonder and heartbreak and pain and so much more. You learn to celebrate peoples’ grandest moments and mourn their greatest losses. You serve as a spiritual Sherpa helping people journey closer to God.
All too often we forget to say thank you. To express our profound appreciation. For you. For your gifts. For your holy tenacity. For running your lane well. For never giving up. For drawing us closer to Jesus. For living out the Gospel before eye ours. For challenging us to cruciformity.
Today, we say thank you. Thank you for all you’ve done for the church.
Margaret and a whole lot of friends
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If you’re tempted to think that most of the hours they’re on the clock are Saturdays or Sundays, consider how many hours they spend organizing, counseling, leading, administrating, planning, and preparing.
It’s not uncommon for pastors to log 50, 60, or 70 hours more in a week. Some do this through being bi-vocational.
October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This is the time of year to go beyond saying, “Nice sermon,” or “Thanks for being there.” This is the month when you can go out of your way to pour into them through thoughtful gifts and meaningful expressions.
Here are 10 ideas for how to appreciate your pastor and church staff:
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. Click the image to learn more.
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey are traveling all across the country this year. Check out the speaking schedule to see when they visit a city near you.