Pastor Appreciation

by Jason Bollinger on October 27th, 2015

​We love the Church, and believe that Church is God’s vessel for mission. It is the Church that sends out missionaries as ambassadors of Good News to the ends of the earth, and our work at Links is serving the Church around the world to fulfill the Great Commission.
We speak regularly in a lot of different churches, and nothing gives us more joy than to work together with church people to take Good News to the poor. A wonderful benefit of working closely with churches is that we get to work with pastors. It is a tremendous blessing to link arms with wonderful people who are giving their lives to leading churches and equipping the saints for ministry.
Much of what pastors do is very public, but a majority of the work pastors put in is unseen. Some of the feedback pastors get is positive, but regularly pastors have to deal with problems, complaints, and sometimes even personal attacks and criticism. A majority of pastors are amazing servant-leaders who passionately work to help people know and grow closer to God.
October is Pastor Appreciation month. We shouldn’t need a special month to show appreciation to our pastors. It should be a part of our normal rhythm to give thanks and honor to those who serve us so well. However, since we do have a month set aside for it, let’s make the most of these last few days to show appreciation to our pastors.
If you have a moment, send your pastor a card or e-mail with a testimony of how God has used them to help grow your faith. Have you ever thanked them for their service to your family? Have you ever dropped a coffee shop gift card in their pocket? Have you ever given them a gift card for a dinner out? Last month a lady from a church I spoke in gave flowers to my wife. A simple act like that was such a blessing. Even small tokens of appreciation are incredibly significant. I did once hear of a pastor being given a truck during Pastor Appreciation Month, and while he was tremendously blessed by that, I'm sure your pastor would be blessed by whatever you feel led to do.   
I’m so grateful for the pastors God has placed in my life and how they love and lead my family and I. Pastoring is often a thankless job, and blessing your pastor is an investment into the Kingdom that allows the Gospel to keep going to the ends of the earth. Let's be a blessing and show our pastors some serious love!

For the Kingdom,
Jason Bollinger

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