Pastor Appreciation Month: Why Celebrate?
We believe that the concept of Pastor Appreciation comes from the Apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches. He said to Timothy:
” The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor (respect, reverence, esteem) and especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”
Secondly, Paul said to the Thessalonian church:
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge (see, take notice) those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish (urge, reprimand, advise) you. Hold them in the highest regard IN love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.”
1 THESSALONIANS 5:12
Paul referred to their work as what is to be honored. We are to highly esteem them for their works sake, as they work for the Lord.
Who are they exactly? Glad you asked!
And I will give you pastors (A verb, not a title, meaning to feed, to tend; to be a shepherd. It means in general to care for, to protect) according MINE heart, (seat of God’s inner nature) which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. JEREMIAH 3:15
God calls Pastors Shepherds. They care for and minister to the church body in an office that God has created to be a gift to His church. We treat gifts we receive with special thanks and care. October is a month set aside for church bodies to take notice in appreciating their Pastors that are over them. Take time today, on this last day of Pastors Appreciation Month to say thanks to those that teach and admonish you! It honors the office Jesus brought when we do!
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.