October is for Encouragement

October is a great month. It is a time to enjoy fall colors. The temperatures are dropping in Texas and high school football is in full swing. This is also a month when pastors and staff are recognized by their local churches.

When I was pastoring, I remember the church taking time to recognize our staff. The Chairman of Deacons would offer a word of encouragement. People within the congregation wrote letters to each of the staff. I remember reading those words and feeling appreciated. I kept several of those notes and read them throughout the year.

In a time when pastors and staff have been bombarded with COVID-related issues, words of encouragement are life-giving. Ministerial staff has had to face multiple decisions regarding COVID protocols. Many times those decisions have been adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. The death toll has risen in our local churches. I know several of our churches who have had two funerals in a week that were COVID related. While we have the hope of eternity, losing a member of our church family still hurts and drains the soul.

Church staff also continue to wrestle with the dilemma of members who have not returned to church. For some members, there is a level of discomfort in returning. Others have grown comfortable sitting at home watching the service online. The church staff has spent hours developing strategies to aid in the care and return of their members. They agonize over the struggle of how to reengage their membership.

These challenges are very real and difficult for the leadership. The church staff needs the support and encouragement of their members. Take time this month to offer a word of encouragement and praise to your staff. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  – Eph. 4:29 NLT

On that same note, I want to recognize Rochelle Schafer, Executive Assistant at Denton Baptist Association. October 1 marks her 20-year anniversary serving at DBA. Rochelle has been a key part of any success we have obtained. She has been faithful to her job. She always offers a friendly smile and greeting for those who contact her. She knows our association inside and out. She keeps me focused, which can be a full-time job in and of itself. We are glad to have Rochelle on our staff. We will officially recognize her at our November Executive Board meeting. I hope you will be able to attend and be a part of our celebration. Our meeting will be held at Camp Copass on Tuesday, November 2 at 11:30. If you would like to register, please click HERE.

Don’t forget to encourage Rochelle and your church’s staff during this month. October is a great month to be an encourager!

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