by Impact Church
October is nationally recognized as Pastor Appreciation Month. Historically, Impact Church has joined thousands of others across the nation in honoring and blessing our Pastors and their families. Although we’re thankful for the cultural establishment of this tradition and the structural reminder of a calendar, our passion and excitement for this opportunity is derived from our spiritual and divine nature. As we discover the source of our celebration, the joy of this occasion will become enduring and consistent.
So, why do we honor our Pastors? Why do we greet them with reverence? And treat them with courtesy and respect? Why do we give gifts, write cards, prepare meals and offer words of commendation?
To Honor God
Ephesians 4:11 lists the servants given by God to the church – “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” As the structure of church government is established, we’re encouraged in Hebrews 13 to remember, obey, submit and pray for those who rule over us. When we yield in reverence to our pastors, we honor the arrangement and structure designed by God. “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
To Honor the Position and the Work
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13) When we appreciate our Pastors, we do not idolize the man, but rather we honor the position he holds.A Pastor, or Shepherd, is accountable to God for our souls. He is responsible for protecting us, providing for us, encouraging us, praying for us, training us, etc. A study conducted by George Barna concluded that church-goers expect pastors to juggle an average of 16 major tasks. In addition to the substance and significance of his job, most pastors work long hours, are constantly on-call, often sacrifice time with family to tend to congregational crises, receive below-average compensation and experience a limited amount of gratitude from those they sacrificially serve. So our response isn’t to the man but in recognition of the labor and weight of his position. 1 Timothy 5:17 explains that the elders who rule well are worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
To Bless the Church
Pastors are gifted to the church to “perfect the saints” and to “edify the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11). Their work benefits us! As Hebrews 13:17 describes, a pastor who leads a contentious and unsubmitted congregation brings sorrow to his work. This is detrimental to us! But when pastors serve with joy because of our peace and unity, it is profitable to us – we reap the spiritual and often times, physical reward.
Pastoring is a calling from God. Thankfully, Impact Church is blessed with 2 men, their families and a committed staff who have responded to that call to serve God and His people with energy and grace. May Pastor Mike and Pastor Jason be encouraged by an outpouring of love and gratitude this October – and beyond!