If you are honoring a member of the ministry team for tenure, or special service, it’s a great idea to involve the entire congregation. Because pastors and children’s ministers spend their time in service to both God and others, the church community should be a part of the special occasion.
Special Worship Service: The most straightforward way to honor a ministry anniversary is by organizing a special worship service. While it takes a little planning and coordination to do so, it’s an especially appreciated gesture because the pastor is usually the person at the helm on Sundays! Consider asking someone who isn’t the honoree to deliver the homily or sermon and make it a partial tribute to the person of the day. Carefully chosen scripture readings can also greatly augment the experience at a special worship service.
Special Music: Employ the children’s choir, a talented soloist, or the church band for special ministry anniversary music. You can arrange a medley of old hymns, perform a contemporary Christian ballad or have a talented parishioner compose something from scratch. Here’s a video with lyrics of “Our God is an Awesome God,” a song often used at celebrations.
Congregation-wide Meal: You can choose to celebrate inside or outside, with a potluck or a picnic; there’s just something special about breaking bread with your fellow parishioners. This is the perfect backdrop for a slide-show, skit or other special presentation. Plan it for right after the church service on Sunday or schedule it for Saturday night instead.