Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thank you!

As October comes to a close I am reminded of the fact that we call October Pastor Appreciation month but God has called us to appreciate our Pastors all year long. Is is not because of Hallmark or other marketing agendas that we  save Oct for the month to say "thank you". Jussi and I are so blessed by our Pastoral team. From the tips of their toes they spend their days praying for our church family. They plan, they organize, they pray, they learn and then they teach. As a pastor there are many times when he or his family goes without his time as because someone needs his ear, his wisdom, or his time. I am sorry that I cannot express in words my thanks, but I will hard to do in actions. If you are part of our church family, join me and if if not start a season or honour and respect for your pastors.


Prayer, pray for them, their spouse, their children. Petition the Lord for safety, health, love and strength. If you think you have opposition against you some days can you imagine the enemy's daily quota for your Pastor and his family.


Honor them by speaking words of life, remember when speaking about your pastor you are the practical witness to your community of God's grace and mercy. Imagine what God looks like to non believers if they hear negativity. 
1 Timothy 5 v 17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 


Encourage them by truly believing that God wants to use him to bring His Word to life that day. 


Serve, become part of the team! Nothing blesses a Pastor more than a waitlist to serve in ministry.


Engage, although I have been accused of having Holy Spirit Tourettes, I believe a few honest AMENS in a service is a good thing. If he thinks everyone is engaging, the sermon will be shorter, if he is repeating himself, engage LOL! 


Respect is a word that is huge to me. I was taught as a kid to respect my elders, respect those in authority, and to respect those I call friends. To me respect is every much a part of the golden rule, do unto others as you wish them to do unto you...you see we all feel encouraged when we are respected. 
You can never go wrong by telling your pastoral team that you respect them. As the leaders that God has chosen respect brings a mutual respect for us and our families. It is a win win.


To our pastors we send our love and appreciation.   For all that you do, each and every day.  You have all contributed to the overwhelming love for each other we have in our church family.  BLESSINGS. November and then December is around the corner and I pray that I do not lose sight with busy ness to stop and appreciate you all, I pray for church families around the world; for health, prosperity, love, growth, vision, purpose and patience and most of hope and anticipation of the year ahead. 
This poem has been reprinted 

Our Pastor

Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
Have you ever told him thank you,
For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?
He answers our calls in the middle of the night
And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.
Have you ever thought to say thank you Pastor,
For preaching God's word to help us understand,
For all the times he has asked for things
That will lend us a helping hand?
When you pray, put him at the top of the list
And ask the Lord to surround him with loving care,
To give him strength and walk with him,
To help him with the burdens that he must bear.
Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
A Pastor Appreciation Poem by Judy Crowe


Pastors Scott and Naomi, Ken and Eunice, Corey and Janice, and George and Jessica..you are appreciated, loved, respected and honoured, and we are blessed to be part of your team!  UC and C
Corey and Janice
George and Jessica
Scott and Naomi
Ken and Eunice


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