Friend to Friend: October is Ministerial Staff Appreciation Month
DATE POSTED: 09/26/2017  |     |   Category: Friend to Friend

Recently, I was invited to be a part of appreciation events for two of our pastors in the Association.  One of those is for Pastor Gregory and Lady Doris Trotter who have faithfully served Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony for five years.  The second is for Dr. Jeff Williams who will be celebrating twenty years as the pastor of First Baptist Church, Denton.

In both cases the church will be setting aside a specific day to honor these men and their wives.  Special guests will be invited to a presentation as the church celebrates how these pastors have been used to expand the kingdom of God.

October has been set aside as Ministerial Staff Appreciation Month, and it is appropriate that those who serve as staff within our churches be honored.  I fondly remember at my last pastorate the church would recognize our ministerial staff on a specific Sunday in the month of October giving us baskets filled with cards from the members of our church.  I always found the cards and gifts that were placed in them an incredible encouragement to me and my family.  On a few of those occasions, it was just the medicine I needed to recover from being down in the dumps regarding my work as a pastor.

One of the things I have noticed over the years is that we are all prone to becoming discouraged. However, it is a different kind of discouragement when you are in ministry because one cannot always see the results of one’s service as easily as with other occupations.  A professional painter can go into a room and see immediate results with each stroke of the brush.  A coach can see the results when the game is over.  Teachers can track the progress of their students.  A doctor can see the treatment they provided when the person recovers.  In a minister’s case, when spending endless hours working with students or adults, the results are not as obvious.

In the month of October, let me encourage you to show your appreciation to your ministerial staff. This can be done in several ways:

  1. Pray for them
    Ask them how you can specifically pray for them.
  2. Handwritten note
    Write a note to each minister and share how the Holy Spirit has used them to help you grow in your personal walk with Christ. Eric Geiger calls these rainy day letters. When the rainy day in ministry comes, the minister can read one of these letters and be encouraged.
  3. Date night
    Volunteer to keep the kids so that the ministerial couple can go out on a date.
  4. Super Text Event
    Invite the church to send out a personal text to each staff member on a specific day of the month, or all through the month.
  5. Dessert Day
    Find out each minister’s favorite dessert and make it for them. (In case anyone wants to know, I love lemon meringue pie.)
  6. Gift Cards
    Provide a gift card for the minister and his family to go out to eat.
  7. Children’s Class Picture
    Have a children’s group draw pictures to give to each staff member. It is always encouraging to see what reminds children of the music minister, children’s minister, or youth minister.

These are just a few examples of how you can appreciate your ministerial staff this month. Let me encourage you to figure out a way to encourage your staff and then execute your plan. God will use your action to strengthen those who faithfully serve Him in ministry.

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