OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
As I write this, Pastor Dave is enjoying some well-deserved time away with Jerri. I have the unique honor of having him as my brother-in-law, boss, pastor and friend. As I was thinking about a blog post in his absence, I thought nothing would be more fitting than to take this opportunity to remind you of October being Clergy Appreciation Month.
I work with an awesome group of people here at Deer Flat Church and together with our volunteers and God leading the way, we accomplish some amazing things. That said I would like to focus on our Pastors for a moment. We often joke about the Pastor having a one-day a week job and what do they do with the rest of their time. I must confess, before beginning to work in the church, I was probably guilty of that myself. I have the privilege of working closely with all of them and I can tell you first hand that the desire of their hearts is to serve God and Deer Flat well. I see and hear the level to which they carry our burdens, feel our hurts, see our needs and pray for us. The late-night calls, the interrupted days off, the hard conversations, the hospital visits, the last words, the funerals and the ongoing prayers.
Pastors have biblical responsibilities to the church:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 1 Timothy 4:2
We also have biblical responsibilities to our pastors:
“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Ephesians 13:17
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
During the month of October, give thought to how you can honor them. Send them a note, email or text. Give them a hug or shake their hand and say thank you. Buy them a cup of coffee, invite them to lunch or dinner. Ask what you can do for them.
Thank you, Pastor Dave, Pastor Julie, Pastor Martin, Pastor Phil, Pastor Carol, Pastor Ryan, Pastor Jason, Pastor Isrrael. I love and appreciate all of you!
I am so blessed to be a part of this church and this team. I hope you all have an awesome October!