Q: When is pastor appreciation day?
A: Being the 2nd Sunday of the Pastor Appreciation Month, Sunday, October 11 is pastor’s day for 2020.
Children’s Sermon for Clergy Appreciation Sunday
The Gospel reading for this weekend is perfect to add some thoughts on pastor appreciation. It’s the story of when Jesus healed the 10 men with leprosy, but only one came back to offer his thanks.
It’s not an official holiday, but many churches mark October as “Pastor Appreciation Month” and the 2nd Sunday as “Pastor Appreciation Day.” This is a good time to teach children about the role of the Pastor and how they can show respect. Here are a few resources from our website that will help you get started.
Children’s Activities to Honor the Pastor
This 100% free download includes both coloring pages and three articles for showing pastor appreciation in your church. Just download and print – we want to make your ministry easy!
Pastor’s Day 2020 Coloring Pages
These simple printables are free on our website and a fun way to help kids think about the important service of Christian ministers.
Ideas for Honor Your Pastor
- Download our free Pastor Appreciation coloring page or Pastors are heroes coloring sheets. In my church we use these for an “appreciation bomb” on the Pastor’s office. While he’s preaching the sermon that morning we decorate his study with the children’s artwork.
- We’ve also written an article on how to show pastor appreciation and not just one month each year.
- SBC Voices also posted ideas to appreciate pastor’s wives.
- Even more ideas to encourage your preacher
How will your church show appreciation?
What will your church do this October? Will the members offer gifts to the pastor and his wife? Having been in this position a little something is always welcome, even if it’s a public token of the congregations appreciation. Don’t forget the pastor’s family – they often deal with unrealistic expectations and need the encouragement just as much as the ordained clergy.
How did Pastor Appreciation Month Get Started?
Minister appreciation is a wonderful idea and setting aside one Sunday to honor the work or preachers, pastors, and clergy should be no problem for most churches. If you consider the Biblical advice below, giving respect to those who share the Gospel is a command for all Christians.
Even though we agree with this show of respect – you should probably know that the history behind the pastor appreciation month/day is a little dubious. The guy who launched the concept later went to jail for defrauding his own church members. (Read more here) Ultimately, showing honor to Christian leaders is something the Bible commands, even if the “holiday” has a weird history.
Bible Verses about Honoring the Pastor
1 Timothy 5:17 ESV
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
Hebrews 13:17 ESV
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Galatians 6:6 ESV
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
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