Most people who work, work hard. Nurses, house-cleaning staff, college executives, doctors, school teachers, mechanics, ranchers, counselors – you know . . . everyone. It is right and good as Christ followers to encourage and appreciate the incredible daily efforts, expertise, acts of service (paid and unpaid) that make up the necessary fabric of our daily lives. We need each other, and it’s always good to say, “thanks!”
Pastors work hard, too. Pastors merit our kind “thanks” as well. October is America’s “Clergy Appreciation Month” (the 2nd Sunday being “Clergy Appreciation Day”). Jesus did not institute this special observance. It was first birthed in 1992 by layman Jerry Frear, Jr. in an effort to show support to his church’s clergy team. Hallmark caught on by 2002 offering the first card selections dedicated to the observance. Focus on the Family has done some of the best work in promoting practical ways to show appreciation to your pastor – check out http://www.thrivingpastor.com/clergyappreciation.
Superintendent Mark is tweeting out specific ways you can support your pastor during Pastor Appreciation Month – follow along @supncc.