By: Rebecca Lusk
As a pastor’s wife, I’ve often found myself in a position of being able to “peek behind the curtain” of ministry. I get to see what many people don’t—the good times and the tough times, the happy times and the sad times, the times of uplifting encouragement and the times of overwhelming disappointment, the moments of confidence and the moments of unique loneliness that too often plagues our pastors.
I consider it a privilege to walk beside my husband in his ministry and I’m thankful daily for the work he does, along with so many others, to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2). But it’s important to remember that pastors are people, too. They’re not better than everyone else. They’re not immune to the ups and downs of life. And they don’t belong on a pedestal. They’re vulnerable humans. They need love, encouragement, and support, just like everyone else.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t always do a very good job of showing appreciation for all my husband does in the church. So, in the spirit of Pastor Appreciation Month, I want to encourage you (and myself) with a few tangible ways we can show appreciation to the pastors in our lives:
Now that you have some practical ways to show your pastors appreciation this month, remember that they can use your appreciation all year long! Since it’s so easy to get sucked into our daily routines and forget about those who serve in ministry, consider setting a reminder on your phone or scheduling a time in your calendar each month to find a way to say “thank you” to your pastors.
And remember to show appreciation for ALL your ministry leaders. Our Lead Pastors play vital roles in our churches and they need to know they’re appreciated, but don’t forget that there is a whole host of ministry leaders with other titles and job descriptions who shepherd your church as well.
Show appreciation of your whole church staff. Reach out to them, thank them, love them, and appreciate them. Don’t underestimate how the Lord can use you in your thankfulness.