The Bible instructs Christians to show appreciation for their pastoral leaders, as stated in Hebrews 13:7. Choose a theme for a day- or weeklong celebration of the dedication and love that the pastor and his wife show the church community. A themed celebration will help direct the event by tying in all elements of the event such as colours, decor items and activities.
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A pastoral staff and their spouses are integral to the direction of the church. Take the time to show the pastor and his wife how much they are appreciated by highlighting the accomplishments and improvements they have made in the church. Look back at the time the pastor has been in leadership and highlight the positive changes he and his wife have instituted into the church family. Perhaps the pastor has been instrumental in remodelling a fellowship hall or has added a midweek service. Create a notice board with photos showing the changes that the pastor has been instrumental in instituting.
The mission of most churches is to reach out to the local community and to the world. Show a pastor and his wife appreciation for their dedication to mission work by showing them what effect their contributions and the contributions of the church have done around the world and in the local community. Ask missionaries that are supported by the church to send letters or video messages updating the pastor and congregation on the work being done in their ministry and to detail current needs. Decorate the fellowship hall with flags from around the world and maps with pins stuck in areas that have been ministered by the pastor or the congregation. Have a buffet lunch and serve foods from around the globe.
Sheeps and Shepherd
The Bible says God appoints pastors to be shepherds over the people, or sheep of the church. Use this idea as a theme for a pastor appreciation day. Use lamb and sheep decorations and symbols. Use a clip art picture of a lamb on all written materials such as the bulletin and any promotional material printed to advertise a special appreciation service. Involve the Sunday school children in creating lamb crafts to present to the pastor and his wife. A paper lamb with cotton balls on it and the statement "Thank Ewe" on the back is a nice way for kids to honour the pastor.
As important as it is to look back, it is equally important to look to the future and formulate goals. Use a futuristic-themed party to honour your pastor and his wife. Use futuristic party decor at a luncheon in the pastor's family honour. Ask key members of the congregation to speak and tell the pastor how appreciative the congregation is for his leadership and to dream big about the future of the church and the effect that the congregation can have on the community. Highlight any established future goals of the church, such a building project or a missions contribution goal by creating charts and posters to hang in the church foyer.
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