October: Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Have you thought about some way to show your pastor how much he and his family means to you, personally? Is your church planning a special day to honor your pastor? Perhaps each church family could take one day of the month to show appreciation.

October Pastor Appreciation MonthWhat are some things you can do for your pastor and his family?

  • For Pastor – gift card to a nice men’s store for a couple of new suits; gift card to nice department store for new shirts, ties, etc.; gift cards to favorite restaurants; gift basket of favorite things (food, teams, hobbies, etc.); detail his car; have a maintenance check on the vehicles and make all necessary repairs; all new tires on the vehicle; gas cards; offer babysitting for date nights
  • For Pastor’s wife – gift card to favorite stores to purchase new clothes; gift cards to hobby/craft/book stores; gift cards to favorite restaurants; gift basket of favorite things (food, hobbies, scarves, tea/coffee, etc.); detail her car; all new tires on the vehicle; gas cards; offer baby sitting for a day (or several) for herself; pamper her with mani/pedis, massage, and facial gift cards
  • For the kidspreschool and under: gift basket of favorites (DVD’s, games, etc.); gift cards for new clothes; baby items (diapers, wipes, etc.); elementary: gift basket of favorites (food, DVD’s, games, etc.); gift cards for clothes; school supplies; teens: gift basket of favorites (DVD’s, games, sports items or hobby supplies, food, etc.); gift cards for area activities (bowling, putt putt, fast food restaurants, amusement parks, etc.); gift cards for new clothes; gas cards for driving teens; college students: {don’t forget the PK’s who are away at college} pay a month of college tuition/room/board; care package of food (homemade goodies and other shelf-stable favorites); care package of necessities (favorite toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.); gift cards to restaurants and major retail stores
  • For the whole family – send the family on a dream vacation; fill a freezer with meat; replace the oldest vehicle (or the one that gives the most trouble); replace a washer/dryer set (or other major old appliance)

The links below may also offer and inspire you in your efforts.

Clergy Appreciation Month: Celebrate Your Pastor – article; also includes a link to a PDF pastor appreciation planning guide (available in English and Spanish)

Ideas for Gifts for Pastor – ideas for family gifts, couple gifts and gifts just for Pastor

Ideas for Gifts for Pastor’s Wives – nice listing of creative and personal ideas

Ideas for Gifts for Pastor’s Kids – nice info and good ideas that are kid friendly

Pastor Appreciation Poems

Pastor Poems

Pastor Appreciation Gifts – Pastor Appreciation day bulletins, gifts for pastors and their wives

Pastor Appreciation…Month? – article

Pastor Appreciation Revisited – follow up article to the above blog post

Pastor Appreciation Resources – poems, articles, devotionals

PastorAppreciation.net – entire site dedicated to pastor appreciation

Pastor’s Wife Gifts

10 Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month

While we should always show appreciation to our pastors every day, setting aside at least a day, if not an entire month, will go a long way in encouraging the pastor and his family in their service for the Lord to you, your family, and the church body.

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