Why should we appreciate members of the clergy like pastors, ministers or priests? You may wonder about the significance of an annual Pastor Appreciation Day. There are a lot of pastor appreciation scripture passages in the Bible that tell us why we should show our pastor appreciation as well as how to show our pastor appreciation.
Why Should We Show Our Pastor Appreciation?
Thessalonians 5: 12 – 13 says: “And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders, who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love”
Pastors are ordinary human beings, with limited energy, time, and strength. They often have wives and children that also need their time, attention, and love. They also need time for rest and recreation; they have down days and challenges to their faith, just as you and I do.
Discouragement can come when a pastor faces unrealistic expectations or verbal discouragement from the very people he is serving. Members of the clergy need our prayers and encouragement, just as we need and expect that support from them.
Jeremiah 3:15 says: “And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
God chose priests to watch over us and protect us from all danger; naturally and spiritually. God gave them the wisdom to help us combat anything that may hinder our walk with Him (Our Creator). Sheep are known to respond to the voice of their shepherd. They understand that the shepherd will never bring them harm and that the provided guidance keeps them safe and moving forward to new pastures.
How to Show Our Pastor Appreciation?
Timothy 5: 17: The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
It would be a great encouragement for the pastors in your faith based community if you sent this information to all your churches addressed to the elders, deacons, social committee etc. informing them about this information, ideas and suggestions that will uplift and encourage our pastors.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Pastors are some of the most wonderful people on the planet. They give of themselves sacrificially, often asking nothing in return. They point us to God. Pastors pray with us about our needs. Pastors counsel us through life’s challenges and help us confront our fears. We look up to them and try to model their behavior.