Pastor Appreciation Month: “Thank You” is the Reason for the Season

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Pastor Appreciation Month: “Thank You” is the Reason for the Season

Written By Lisa Kooiman

Pastor Appreciation Month: “Thank You” is the Reason for the Season

This article is a continuation of our series on Pastor Appreciation Month. To read the first article, click here.

To read last week’s article, click here.

To take a little inspiration from a 1961 inaugural address, let’s ask ourselves, “Ask not what your (insert your pastors’ name here) can do for you, but what you can do for your pastor.” The whole sentiment behind Pastor Appreciation Month is to show your pastor appreciation for the tireless work and dedication that might not normally get acknowledged. This week, we are sharing inspirational reflections from our panel of pastors on a time they have felt most appreciated for their work as pastors by their congregation.

Kendrick Neal remembers a time not too long ago, in his transition from being the pastor of Calvary Church in West Hills to CSBC’s Disaster Relief Director, “My church family had been very kind in giving gifts upon my departure from the church; gifts I’m still receiving to this day. A few months have passed now, and I am still receiving calls and texts checking up on me and my family.  Those really have meant a lot to me; that they still care to know how I am doing.”

Gregory Perkins reminisced about a time during COVID-19 when his church organized a drive-by appreciation event. “It was kind of like a tailgate party. People drove by shouting kind words and dropping off cards. I felt very appreciated in that moment. Not only was it a blessing to be outside and not have to wear those masks, but simply seeing my church family during that time was very special to me.”

Francis Chung shared the memory of receiving a scrapbook his church family had assembled for him with pictures and notes from each member. “Each of them included a photo, and beneath it inscribed a special message of thanks,” he reflected. “Looking back now at their photos and their special messages makes me remember all my special memories with each of them.”

“In 2013, I received a substantial raise from my church. When a salaried pastor receives a raise, that surely makes them feel more appreciated. I know it did for me,” said Jason Blankenship.

Now, your church may not financially, feasibly be able to offer a substantial raise, but there are plenty of other worthwhile ways to show your pastor just how much they mean to you. A simple phone call, text, or even just a hug coupled with ‘Thank you, pastor” can go a long way.

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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