Clergy Appreciation Month was established in 1992 with the purpose to encourage pastors and ministers, for the labor they do year round. It’s a Holiday of sorts in the Christian Community, with most churches finding a way to honor them.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2012, about 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States.
Why should we take a month out of the year to remember the work of our pastors? Well, in the book of Hebrews we are encouraged to recognize the sacrifice of our pastors. Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as their truthfulness. (Hebrews 13:7, MSG)
Pastors do not have regular 9 to 5 hour jobs, they are basically on call 24/7 and at the beck and call of their congregants. Which means their phone batteries never last.
They are available during the difficult times of our lives, and to celebrate our victories too. But more often than not their work is not fully recognized and appreciated. Being called to be a pastor is a vocation, a calling and something that is of great responsibility before the eyes of God.
They need to be available to feed their flock with the uncompromising word of God and to correct us when we miss the mark. It can be a thankless profession.
So taking at least one month or even one Sunday to honor them should be considered a privilege. How do we best honor our pastors? Do we flood them with cards and gifts? I believe most will tell you that although any token would touch their hearts, what they crave more are our constant prayers, and willingness, to roll up your sleeves and assist them in their labor.
Our senior pastors Ricardo and Yvette Gallinar have been part of our lives for over a decade as pastors and over 20 years as friends prior to being called to the ministry.
Their presence in our life has been a source of constant blessing and comfort. Available at a drop of a hat for some of the most challenging moments in our lives. Their deep love and support has been priceless.
Words could never fully convey what they mean to us. We do our best to honor them by keeping them in our prayers and willing to serve in whatever capacity that is needed.
This past year their son Ricky along with his wife Briana became associate pastors. We praise God for the blessing they too are in our life. Having seen the call on their lives early on, we rejoice to see how the Lord is using them to impact their generation.
If you have not had an opportunity to thank your pastor make sure you do so before the month ends, but don’t let your appreciation be limited to only once a year. Make every effort to let them know that their work does not go unnoticed. Keep them in your prayers and honor them by submitting to their leadership.
If you do not have a home church, pray that the Lord will send you to the right place, where you will thrive in your walk with Christ. If you are interested in listening to our Sunday services do so here.
If you happen to be a pastor, I pray God’s continuous blessing over your life and I encourage you to stay the course and finish your race strong. Happy Pastor Appreciation Month!