I noticed today that someone arrived at my website because they were searching for “crazy pastor appreciation month ideas.” While I definitely feel appreciated by my church, and I’ve written about pastor appreciation month before, that person didn’t find any crazy ideas for pastor appreciation month on my blog, because I’ve never posted any crazy ideas for it. This needs to change.
So here are 6 crazy ideas for pastor appreciation month!
- Feed him (and his family) well! Organize meals to be brought to his home every evening for a week. The church has been doing this for my family for nearly two weeks now (unrelated to pastor appreciation month, but that’s a different story), and it really is a huge blessing. It saves my wife tons of time. It causes us to be more thankful for the church. And it reminds us that they really do appreciate us.
- Watch his kids, and let him take his wife out on a date. Individuals in the church have done this for me in the past as well. They’ve even given me gift cards to a specific restaurants (that they knew we enjoyed) so it didn’t cost us anything!
- Find out his (and his wife’s) favorite desserts, and have one or two (…or three) Sunday evening fellowships with those desserts. Strange that so many of my ideas center around food.
- Tell him to sit down and shut up. Not in those words, of course. As much as your pastor enjoys bringing a message from God’s Word every week, it would bless him if someone else in the church would bring a message or two. It doesn’t have to be eloquent. A great text to preach from would be 1 Timothy 5:17-19.
- Honor his wife. The pastor’s wife is often the hardest working, and least recognized church member. She sacrifices. She sets an example. She writes more than half of the sermons, but gets no credit for them. Although she’s honored that the church would appreciate her husband one month per year, it wouldn’t hurt to show her a little appreciation this month as well. And the pastor would greatly appreciate you doing so.
- Give him money. Let’s be honest. He could probably use a little more.
Of course, also pray for him, love him, and support him in his ministry. “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” (Hebrews 13:17). If you do these things throughout the year (as my church does), pastor appreciation month is the icing on the cake.