Celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October falls a nonofficial holiday called Pastor Appreciation Day. Sometimes called Clergy Appreciation Day, this holiday occurs during Pastor Appreciation Month and celebrates the contributions of priests, pastors, reverends and ministers in the U.S.
Pastor Appreciation Day began with the establishment of Clergy Appreciation Month. In Timothy 1 (5:17), Paul began the concept of clergy appreciation when he stated that the elders of the church are worthy of a double honor. He reiterated this idea in Thessalonians 1 (5: 12-13) when he stated that that those who work hard among you should be held in the highest regard for their work. This idea became Clergy Appreciation Month in 1992, established by pastors and religious workers. Eventually, Pastor Appreciation Day would form out of this month.
You can celebrate the hard work of your pastor in a number of different ways. Each member of the congregation can deliver the pastor a handwritten note; a “Best Pastor in the World” T-shirt can be given to him; you can create a video presentation made of pictures of the pastor in action over the last year; or you can simply give him a heart-felt thanks. Of course, one of the most important ways to show you care is by assuring that you attend his service on this day and pay attention to his sermon.