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Dear Pastor, Two Words You Must Hear Today

Dear Pastor,

Most people have no idea how much you do.

How much you give.

How much you sacrifice.

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.

Much love,
Margaret and a whole lot of friends

In the comment space below, provide a shout out of thanks to your pastor. We will select three to win Starbucks gift cards in appreciation.

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Top 10 Ideas for Pastor Appreciate Month

Your pastors work so hard.

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:  

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What Do You Do  When A Simple  "Thank You"  Won’t Suffice?

I’ve been thinking about the best way to say thank you.

Because you deserve all the thanks in the world, and I’m hoping these heartfelt words will suffice. Continue Reading...

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Often when God speaks, He will echo the same message through a sermon, a passage of Scripture, a chance conversation, or an unexpected encounter. When we begin looking for these sacred echoes, we are better able to recognize God's voice in our life and walk more confidently in the fullness of all God has for us. Continue Reading...

Thank you thank you thank you!

From the bottom of my heart,

Thank you.

Your outpouring of support and prayer overwhelms me and leaves me wonderstruck.

I wish I had the ability to respond to each of you individually.

We are so blessed by our dear family and friends who have given us space to process the cancer diagnosis over the past few weeks.

I ask for your grace as I won’t have the opportunity to respond to all emails, comments, Facebook posts, and tweets in the upcoming months, but I’ll dip in when I can. Know that I am so blessed to have you as part of this community and grateful for your prayers for Leif and I during this time.

Much love and joy,

Margaret, Leif, and Hershey


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