5 Tried-and-True Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month

  • By Design Team
  • 28 Sep, 2016
Pastor Appreciation Gift Idea

Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I remember multiple years when October was filled with unexpected gifts, special church potlucks and thank you notes. The extra goodies and gifts were greatly appreciated and enjoyed by our entire family, but what I remember most is how meaningful the notes were to my parents. 

Reading specific examples of how church members were impacted by my parents' ministry encouraged them as they continued to serve faithfully. As their daughter I was thankful for how the church expressed their love and appreciation for my parents, especially when they recognized all of the hard work my parents did behind the scenes, from ordering Sunday School curriculum to renovating restrooms.

Often we forget to thank our church leadership for all of their hard work and for the impact they’ve had on our lives. This October celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month by thanking your pastor and pastor’s family for their service to your church.

Here are a few tips to help you as you prepare for Pastor Appreciation Month:

  1. Appoint a person or several people to come up with a plan for October, making sure to add any special events to the church calendar.
  2. Communicate with the entire church what you will be doing to thank your pastor - from thank you notes on a bulletin board to a special offering to a thank you luncheon - make sure everyone knows all of the details. If you’re planning a surprise, be sure to communicate clearly and discreetly.
  3. Remind the congregation regularly about how they can encourage the pastor during October (and throughout the year)!

We’ve also come up with a few ideas for helping you make Pastor Appreciation Month extra special this year.

  1. Use a  special bulletin  one of the Sundays in October.
  2. Ask church members to write notes of appreciation, compile the notes in a book, and present the book to your pastor at the end of October.
  3. If your church has multiple pastors, assign a different pastor to each Sunday School class or small group, and have them encourage their specific pastor with gift cards, favorite sweets or snacks and notes throughout the month.
  4. Collect a special offering for your pastor using these  offering envelopes .
  5. Plan an all-church lunch or dinner, and ask various church members to publicly share how the pastor has impacted their lives.

Check out our  Pinterest board for even more ideas, including a  free, downloadable planning guide from Care for Pastors .

How are you celebrating your pastor this October?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR  
Growing up as a pastor's kid, Laura was regularly involved in children's and youth ministry. Laura spent ten years in full-time overseas ministry, and is uniquely prepared for serving churches through her role at Concordia Supply.  

Concordia Supply Blog

By Design Team 08 Aug, 2017

Fall is rapidly approaching with all of its routines and schedules. As you plan for another year of ministry, don’t forget to plan a fun fall activity for your children’s ministry. Whether you plan a trunk-or-treat or a harvest festival, a fall ministry event is a great, family outreach event for the following reasons.

  1. Reach your community! 
    Fall festivals are the perfect event to invite your community’s children and families to. Because they are low-key events with a family focus, families in your community will be able to attend without feeling pressure to begin attending your church right away.

  2. Engage families!  
    The first couple months of the school year can be a busy time for families, but a fall festival provides a time for them to reconnect before the holiday season. Plan activities which involve the family working together, instead of dividing attendees up by ages.

  3. Reconnect with others!  
    All of the connections made during summer outreach ministries, such as VBS, can be strengthened through a fall festival. By bridging the gap between summer and Christmas, fall festivals provide a wonderful opportunity to deepen relationship with families who don’t regularly attend your church.

  4. Grow your ministry!  
    A fall festival provides a natural way to invite families to your church. Ask Sunday School teachers to help with the event, and promote your Sunday School program with a short video or leaflet. Sharing about the other children’s ministries you offer communicates with parents that you care about the spiritual lives of their children.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get started, planning an incredible fall festival can be as simple as ordering a kit!  And that’s why we love Maker Fest -  A one-night, 2-3 hour outreach event for families that works like a mini-VBS with a theme and activity stations. Maker Fest uses arts and crafts projects, stories, and activities to bring families together and show children that they were created by God for a unique purpose.

Find out more about Maker Fest by checking out our  website !

By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In Maker Fun Factory VBS, Group does an awesome job of breaking down the Bible points and teaching in a way that all kids learn - no matter their age or learning style. We've experienced Group's R.E.A.L. approach firsthand, and can tell you that it makes all the difference! So if you're looking for a straightforward overview of what's taught in Maker Fun Factory, and how it's presented, you're in the right place.
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In any VBS there will likely be kids who have grown up in the church and can recite more verses than their leaders. And there will likely be kids who come to VBS having never set foot in a church before. To reach both extremes (and everyone in between) takes a lot of intentionality and some great resources. 

We've dug into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS to find out just how this program balances outreach and discipleship, and we're pretty excited to share what we found!
More Posts

Concordia Supply Blog

By Design Team 08 Aug, 2017

Fall is rapidly approaching with all of its routines and schedules. As you plan for another year of ministry, don’t forget to plan a fun fall activity for your children’s ministry. Whether you plan a trunk-or-treat or a harvest festival, a fall ministry event is a great, family outreach event for the following reasons.

  1. Reach your community! 
    Fall festivals are the perfect event to invite your community’s children and families to. Because they are low-key events with a family focus, families in your community will be able to attend without feeling pressure to begin attending your church right away.

  2. Engage families!  
    The first couple months of the school year can be a busy time for families, but a fall festival provides a time for them to reconnect before the holiday season. Plan activities which involve the family working together, instead of dividing attendees up by ages.

  3. Reconnect with others!  
    All of the connections made during summer outreach ministries, such as VBS, can be strengthened through a fall festival. By bridging the gap between summer and Christmas, fall festivals provide a wonderful opportunity to deepen relationship with families who don’t regularly attend your church.

  4. Grow your ministry!  
    A fall festival provides a natural way to invite families to your church. Ask Sunday School teachers to help with the event, and promote your Sunday School program with a short video or leaflet. Sharing about the other children’s ministries you offer communicates with parents that you care about the spiritual lives of their children.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get started, planning an incredible fall festival can be as simple as ordering a kit!  And that’s why we love Maker Fest -  A one-night, 2-3 hour outreach event for families that works like a mini-VBS with a theme and activity stations. Maker Fest uses arts and crafts projects, stories, and activities to bring families together and show children that they were created by God for a unique purpose.

Find out more about Maker Fest by checking out our  website !

By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In Maker Fun Factory VBS, Group does an awesome job of breaking down the Bible points and teaching in a way that all kids learn - no matter their age or learning style. We've experienced Group's R.E.A.L. approach firsthand, and can tell you that it makes all the difference! So if you're looking for a straightforward overview of what's taught in Maker Fun Factory, and how it's presented, you're in the right place.
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
In any VBS there will likely be kids who have grown up in the church and can recite more verses than their leaders. And there will likely be kids who come to VBS having never set foot in a church before. To reach both extremes (and everyone in between) takes a lot of intentionality and some great resources. 

We've dug into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS to find out just how this program balances outreach and discipleship, and we're pretty excited to share what we found!
By Design Team 15 Mar, 2017
Vacation Bible School is all about kids connecting with Jesus, and the Gospel presentation is a big part of that. We took some time to dive into Group's Maker Fun Factory VBS so you know exactly when and how the Gospel is presented.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

With all of the decorating you are doing for VBS, why not set up a small area to use as a VBS photo booth? Social media savvy parents and kids love taking photos on their phones making a photo booth a great way to interact with families before and after Vacation Bible School. Plus, we’ve thought through the details and done a bit of brainstorming for you already!

By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
Although other churches in the area might be having a Vacation Bible School with the same or similar theme as your church, you can easily make your VBS unique with these simple tips!
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

Standard has created awesome VBS themes for many years, including Deep Sea Discovery, which was a huge hit. The unfortunate news is that Standard will not be putting out a VBS theme in 2017. 

This is a great opportunity to explore some new programs and get your church excited about all the great options in store for 2017. Our VBS experts have put together some recommendations, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to refresh your Children's Ministry and build excitement around these brand-new themes from tried-and-true publishers.

Standard VBS programs were based on a rotation format, but had the flexibility to be used in a classroom format also. To ease the transition, we've hand selected a few 2017 themes that you can use with whichever format you're most comfortable with.

By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
As a former cross-cultural worker, I loved partnering with churches and having the opportunity to personally share with the children about my ministry. Here are a few tips I've gathered over the years to help you get your kids focused on missions.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017
For most of us, the morning after VBS looks a lot like falling asleep in our breakfast. Completely exhausted from the months of planning and adrenaline-filled VBS week, we make big promises to plan better next year. That's why we've put a quick plan of action together to help you turn those well-intentioned promises into a clear strategy.
By Design Team 23 Feb, 2017

What better way to kick off VBS planning and preparation with your team than with a themed meal? Eating together before the meeting allows time for your team to bond with each other and provides the energy needed to plan and prepare. Below are some fun ways to make your meal memorable and theme-focused.

More Posts
Share by: