Category: Ministry Appreciation

Looking for Ways to Express Ministry Appreciation

In Appreciation for Your Priestly Service
In Appreciation for Your Priestly Service

The pastor or priest serves wholeheartedly, often without notice from those who surround them. It is important to encourage those who serve in these roles and we’re offering a few suggestions for expressing ministry appreciation.

Hebrews 13:17 says “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

We learn from this verse that it really isn’t enough just to follow church leadership with a grudging spirit. We are to be those who make leadership a joy! October is officially ministry appreciation month so it is a good time to make a few personal changes so that spiritual service is a joy for all 12 months of the year.

1. Voice your gratitude. Leaders carry a responsibility before God for you. That is a serious undertaking. Find something in their leadership you can praise starting with their willingness to take on that kind of responsibility.

2. Give them the gift of prayer. Every priest or pastor needs the prayers of his flock. Make a new habit of praying for the leaders in your church. Then, send them a ministry appreciation card and let them know you pray for them. You could even write a personal prayer inside the card.

3. Ask them to put you to work in the church. It would be good practice for every church member to present themselves to the leadership and ask how they can help serve the needs of the church. Ministers will enjoy leading people who express a willingness to be led and to serve.

4. The easiest way to show ministry appreciation is to give your leaders your full attention. Listen to the words they share with the congregation and with you personally. Cell phones and other distractions can be put away during church gatherings so that you can focus on the person attempting to lead you.

5. Demonstrate kindness and care for his family. If you send the pastor’s wife a birthday card or include his children in social invitations you will help make ministry a joy. Married ministers and church leaders make untold sacrifices in terms of family time. Your loving attention to their family will be a tangible means of seeing God’s provision in honor of those sacrifices.

There are, of course, many other ways you can make leadership pleasant. Ask God to guide you, but most of all, do something. If you are looking for cards appropriate for ministry appreciation, check out the wide selection of Christian greeting cards to be found at The Printery House. We offer a wide selection of cards to encourage your leaders.

Planning a Way to Show Ministry Appreciation

Preach the Gospel
Preach the Gospel

For those in the community of faith, ministers and volunteer leaders in the church are key figures. These are the people who plan weekly services, run children’s programs, teach and preach the Word or engage in works of mercy among the church body. Their service is motivated by love for Christ and like Him they work sacrificially. But every so often it’s a good idea for the members in the church to express ministry appreciation.

People feel grateful, but they often forget how vital it is to express their thanks. Here are several ways that you or a group within your church could let those who minister among you know how truly appreciative you are for all they do.

Make Them Feel “Treasured”
People in ministry are a valuable treasure. You don’t want them to think that you take them for granted so make it plain how much you appreciate all that they do. Try hosting a Thank You barbecue. Create invitations that are actually a treasure map which will lead them to the party location. When they arrive, let them know that they are the treasure.

Plan Some Active Fun
You might celebrate the leaders in your church by scheduling a day for the ministry team to just have fun together. It could be playing laser tag or swimming at the water park but give them a day to cut loose and enjoy themselves. Be sure to arrange babysitting for those who need it so that it is a grown-up day of fun with no responsibilities.

Hot Dog Roast or Bonfire
If you live in farm country it can be a real treat to plan an evening out under the stars. Ministry appreciation can be a wagon ride from the farmhouse out to a big bonfire. Have hot dogs for roasting or make s’mores. If you live near the beach, plan your evening in the sand. This will be a memorable time for everyone.

Give a Gift
If planning an event is beyond your scope, it’s a great idea to give your ministry leaders a small gift as a token of your appreciation. You might wrap up a Psalter for their personal devotions. A wall cross for their office might be nice. A wall plaque with the words of St Francis of Assisi could also do the trick Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary. Write a note of thanks and the date on the back of the plaque.

Thank You Cards Are Always Appreciated
Sending a Thank You card to express ministry appreciation is always a good idea. Jot a few personal words inside the card. You don’t have to write a long letter, but do let them know some specific ways they have blessed you. If you like, tuck a gift card for coffee or their favorite lunch spot inside the card.

Is ministry appreciation an important concept? The Bible says The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching 1 Timothy 5:17. Yes, it’s an important part of Christian living to thank those who lead. When you are looking for gifts or cards to show the leaders in your life how thankful you are, check out the selection at The Printery House. We offer a wide variety of gifts and cards to thank those who serve in ministry.

Four Ideas for Ministry Appreciation or Any Day

Ministry Appreciation 1
In Appreciation of Your Ministry

October is the official month for Pastor Appreciation. While it is great to have a month set apart to honor these servants of the Lord; priests, pastors, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders should be aware of our appreciation throughout the year. Hebrews 13:17 tells believers to follow spiritual leaders in such a way that they can fulfill their role with joy. And 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 tells Christians to respect and esteem their leaders in love. How do you show them you appreciate their service throughout the year? Here are a just a few ways to express your gratefulness toward those who minister the gospel in your life:

1. Speak about leadership with respect
At home, at work or out in public always speak of your leaders with honor and respect. Be wise in conversation and do not allow others to speak disrespectfully of leaders in your presence either. Find positive things to say about leadership. Let those around you hear your words of ministry appreciation.

2. Communicate with leaders about your ministry
Don’t bring every minor problem to your pastor or priest, but do talk with them about your area of service in the church in order to keep them informed. If you are teaching a class – or working in the nursery – invite your pastor or priest to attend one time. If you are not currently serving in any way, make an appointment with him and ask how you can be of help.

3. Speak your thanks directly
Look for opportunities to tell your leaders thank you. Tell them in person and send them thank you notes. Let them know how their ministry is affecting your life. Invite your ministers to your home for a meal or give them a gift card so they can take their wife out to dinner. Send small tokens of appreciation along with a note when a sermon or act of service touched you in a special way. Encourage people around you to do the same.

4. Spend time in prayer on behalf of your minister or priest
Prayer is the best gift you can give. Pray for those in authority within the church. Pray for them collectively as well as individually. Pray for them to have regular time alone with God. Pray for the richness of their devotional life. Pray for them to be growing in wisdom and understanding so that their work in the church will be a natural outflow of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their own heart.

These are simple steps anyone can take to demonstrate ministry appreciation. If you are looking for religious thank you cards or gift ideas to bless your spiritual leaders, check out The Printery House website. At The Printery House, cards are made with loving care by the monks of Conception Abby.