Is it helpful to set aside a special month for pastor appreciation? October is the month designated “Clergy Appreciation Month.” But what are the possible downsides to such an occasion?
Church members are clearly taught in Scripture to show appreciation for their pastors. And I have no doubt that the health of many congregations would improve if church members took more seriously the call to, “…honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other” (I Thessalonians 5:12-13).
There’s a clear connection between congregational response to leaders and how it affects the life of a congregation and a leader’s work. “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account…
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