Yuma Southern Baptist Association
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Working Together To Build The Kingdom
Suggestions on how to plan a Pastor and Staff Appreciation Day
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” – I Timothy 5:17 NIV
Why Have a Pastor and Staff Appreciation Day?
There are several reasons why it is appropriate for a church to plan a special day to recognize and honor the godly ministers who serve faithfully the flock of God.
In the first place, it is biblical. Paul was writing to young Timothy when he admonished, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” I Timothy 5:17 NIV
The term “elders” in this reference, as well as other New Testament references, is interpreted by many to refer to pastors.1 “The ‘elders’ of the New Testament church were ‘pastors’ (Eph. 4:11), ‘bishops’ or ‘overseers’ (Acts 20:28), ‘leaders’ and ‘rulers’ (Heb. 13:7; I Thess. 5:12) of the flock.”2 When we think today of pastors/ministers, we are thinking of those whose functions are the same as of the bishop and elder mentioned in the New Testament.
Paul wrote these words to the church at Thessalonica, “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (I Thess. 5:12-13).
It is clear from scripture that the faithful and dedicated ministers of our churches are worthy of honor.
Secondly, it is always appropriate to express appreciation to those who faithfully serve the Lord and His church. It has never been more challenging to serve as a minister in a local church. Often, the hard work of the pastor and staff go unnoticed and unappreciated. Pastor and Staff Appreciation Day provides an excellent opportunity for your church to affirm her love and appreciation for those who are called by God and your church to lead them in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Suggestions for Observing Pastor and Staff Appreciation Day
1) Set a Date
2) Use the personnel committee or appoint a committee to plan the event.
Set a Sunday morning to honor your pastor / staff and their families.