We believe that the concept of clergy appreciation started with the Apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches. In 1 Timothy, he wrote, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17). And, in 1 Thessalonians, he said, “Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
Accordingly, over the centuries, decades and years, ministers/pastors have been recognized and honoured, either formally or informally, by many denominations and local churches at various times of the year. It has been a long-standing practice.
Focus on the Family named and began emphasizing Clergy Appreciation Month in 1994, reminding congregations that it was biblical and proper to honour their pastoral staffs and pastoral families throughout the year, but suggesting that they set aside the month of October for a special tangible tribute. For those churches that preferred a single weekend, the second weekend of the month is recommended. However, honoring a church’s entire pastoral staff and their families can be done at any time — and, in fact, should become a normal part of a church’s ongoing care of these special families throughout the entire year.
Our goal is that every minister/pastor (including staff ministers) and his or her family would feel appreciated by those they serve. To assist congregations in this process, please follow your church’s guidelines.
No one owns the right to these celebrations so we can partner with other groups, churches, organization, radio etc to promote this worthy cause. Everyone deserves some form of recognization and it starts with honouring your ministering staff. Charity begins at home and starts with you.
HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div