Life is beautiful and imperfect, a source of wonder and a challenge so complex that it’s good to pause from time to time and check our perspective and priorities against eternal truth. Jim Daly’s blog, Daly Focus, is full of daily insight and wisdom that promises to help you navigate today’s culture.
Clergy Appreciation Month is just around the corner!
In fact, October marks the 17th year we’ve been encouraging our friends to cherish and nurture their pastors. Why is this so important? Not long ago we conducted a survey of 2,000 pastors and found the majority are working more than 50 hours a week serving the body of Christ. It’s an invaluable and often thankless role, one that often puts an enormous strain on them and their family.
H.B. London, VP of Pastorial Ministries, and I recently talked about the special needs of pastors on the Focus on the Family broadcast. If you missed that conversation, you can listen here. I think you’ll appreciate H.B.’s heart for these servant leaders. The fact that H.B. faithfully served in the pulpit for several decades explains why he understands so well the needs of pastors—both yours and mine.
That said, I’d like to point you to H.B.’s new book entitled, Pause, Recharge, Refresh: Devotions to Energize a Pastor’s Day-to-Day Ministry. It makes a perfect gift for your pastor and it’s the first of 31 ways to show your pastor that he is loved, his sacrifices are valued, and his service is treasured.
These ideas are in no particular order of importance. Some are seasonally appropriate; most involve time rather than money although several may require you to pool your funds with others. Ready?
Of course, these 31 ideas are far from exhaustive—my hope is that they’ll get your creative juices flowing. You’ll also find a host of other ideas and resources in this complimentary PDF download prepared by H.B.’s staff.
A final thought. Although H.B. is not currently serving as the pastor of a specific church, if the Lord puts it on your heart, why not include him in the Clergy Appreciation Month? Consider sending him a note thanking him for his work ministering to pastors.
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Comment by Paula:
I would like to thank H. B. London and Focus on the Family for your continual encouagement and support to those of us in ministry. My parents needed something like this available for them years ago. Thank you for the many hours and years you have given to provide this ministry to the minister!