Kids Bring Love to a Pastor’s Heart

Pastor appreciation month

Kids Bring Love to a Pastor’s Heart

Written By Lisa Kooiman

Kids Bring Love to a Pastor’s Heart

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Over the next five weeks, we will be sharing some thoughtful ideas to help inspire unique and special ways to show love for the pastors in our lives! These ideas come by way of CSBC pastors and leaders (past and present) whom we have interviewed as they share times when they felt most appreciated by their congregations! Get your pencil and paper ready for some inspiration!  

Kids specifically bring a whole different level of love and appreciation to a pastor’s heart, especially when they are being recognized for their efforts. After all, this is a generation that will continue on the legacy of the leadership the pastor sets for the church. Leaders we interviewed shared that their most memorable gifts received came from the children of the church during Pastor Appreciation Month.   

Missions Initiative Leader Francis Chung shared that his most memorable gift had been a scrapbook made by the children of his church that included notes and pictures written and drawn by the kids themselves.  

Jason Blankenship, Evangelism Initiative Leader, shared a similar idea that while he served as a pastor, one of his most memorable gifts had been a photo of the whole congregation with a matte surrounding the photo that included special messages from the kids.  

“I once received a frame with a picture of a heart -colored in by the kids of the church- with their names in each section that they colored,” reflected Director of Disaster Relief Kendrick Neal.  

Reverend Gregory Perkins from The View Church in Menifee, and recently elected speaker for the 2023 California Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, shared that his most memorable gift had been when “The kids pooled their money together and got me a $100 Coco’s Bakery gift certificate. The parents made sure that I knew 100% of it came from the kids, that they hadn’t helped at all.”  

Executive Director Pete Ramirez remarked that his most memorable gift had been when the kids of the church filled a canvas with little notes, “Those little inscriptions really meant a lot to me.”  

As you can see, it doesn’t take A LOT to make something significant. Our pastors feel the difference they make in the hearts and minds of even the youngest of the congregation. A simple note or picture stays in the mind of the pastor, even years later.  

About the Author

Lisa Kooiman
Executive Assistant, Office of Communications, CSBC

Lisa Kooiman serves as the executive assistant in the Office of Communications for the California Southern Baptist Convention. She is a graduate of California State University, Fresno. Lisa and her husband, Ruben, are enjoying the season of parenthood with their preschool daughter, Everly. They attend the Old Town Campus of Clovis Hills Community Church, the very church (under different leadership and name) where Lisa made a profession of faith and was baptized as a young girl.

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