October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Scripture tells us in several places to honor our spiritual leaders.
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.1 Timothy 5:17
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
We should honor and esteem our clergy all the time, but October is set aside in particular to show our appreciation. We can write a thank-you note to our priest, give our minister a gift, treat our clergyman and his family to a meal, or offer a special prayer for our pastor. Or volunteer to babysit so our preacher and his wife can enjoy a night out, invite the parson and spouse to a sporting event or concert, or surprise our cleric with a theology book or a special vestment. Clergy will be honored with simple and inexpensive recognition as much as with an elaborate and luxurious gift. What is important is to let the shepherd of the flock know how much we appreciate him.
You’ll find more suggestions for honoring clergy at 10 Effective Ideas For Pastor Appreciation Month to Honor Clergy Members and Families and suggestions for thank-you notes at How To Thank Your Pastor – The Thank You Notes Blog (thank-you-notes.com).
Lord, bless and guide all ministers of your church, especially those in our local parishes. Clothe them in righteousness and grant them wisdom. Give them Your peace and comfort and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.