You may or may not know that October doesn’t just mark the beginning of Fall and trips to the Pumpkin Patch. (Not to mention post season baseball. WAHOO!)
In the evangelical world, October is called Pastor Appreciation Month. Now, just as we shouldn’t wait til Mother’s Day to recognize and honor our moms, neither should we postpone all words of encouragement or signs of appreciation for our pastors to this month only.
But since October is upon us, I would like to use this opportunity to remind all of us to go out of our way to remember our pastors this month.
Here is a little Pastor Appreciation Quiz you can take that I read from a Life Action Ministries e-letter, along with these startling statistics, that will help get you started:
1. When was the last time I thanked my pastor for his hard work? 90% of pastors work between 55-75 hours per week and are expected to be available 24/7.
2. When was the last time I thanked my pastor’s spouse or child for their sacrifice as a member of a pastor’s immediate family? 80% of pastors believe being a pastor has negatively affected their family.
3. When was the last time I complimented or thanked my pastor in an area where he has done a good job? 90% of pastors feel they are inadequately trained for the demands of ministry.
4. When was the last time I did something specific to encourage my pastor? 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
5. When was the last time I gave my pastor a gift card or a little extra money? 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
6. When was the last time I spent time with my pastor (and/or spouse) just as a friend? 70% of pastors say they do not have someone they consider a close friend.
7. When was the last time I thanked my pastor for living a life of holiness? As many as 40% of pastors viewed porn within the last month.
8. When was the last time I thanked my pastor for not quitting? 1700 pastors leave the ministry every month. 80% of those who graduate from seminary are no longer in the ministry five years later.
I pray these statistics don’t reflect the leaders of my church or yours, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t benefit from some “building up” from their flock.
If you’d like a daily reminder to pray for your pastor(s), there is available through Revive Our Hearts an email reminder that you can sign up for by going here and selecting the “31 Days of Praying For Your Pastor” tab. You can also read or print off the entire 31 days of reminders and Scriptures from their website.
There is also a radio series that aired in 2006 called “How to Listen to a Sermon”, the last part of which I’ve linked to here because it is a panel of pastors (incidentally local pastors) sharing their perspective of church. I thought it might be interesting, as it pertains to this topic of pastor appreciation.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11