Friday, October 22, 2010

Pastor Appreciation

Pastor Appreciation Month gets more coverage (and consequently pastors get more encouragement) south of the border but...our shepherds need to know they are appreciated.  Here's another poem from the pen of my friend Greg.

Now let's act on what we've read.  Your local Christian bookstore (Emmaus Family Books in Peterborough) has some excellent cards.  Drop in and pay Jim Rose a visit. Live in the Cobourg area?  Drop by and pay Paul Wilkinson a visit at the Searchlight Bookstore. No need to visit Hallmark even though I love their products.  

As I write this I'm thinking...we should have a "Local Christian Bookstore" Appreciation Month.  Better still...we should value, honour, support and encourage our pastors, Christian leaders and Christian bookstore personnel all year round. But I degress...

"Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." - John 13:17 (NIV)

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Practical suggestions for Pastor Appreciation Month

by Greg Asimakoupoulos - October 22, 2010 


To be a pastor's often hard
and while it's nice to get a card
(expressing thanks for what we do)
would you consider these...?

Find ways to serve our church's needs
or volunteer as one who leads
or give beyond a simple tithe
so all the bills are paid.

Quit shopping for another church.
You're needed here. No need to search
in hopes of finding "Willow Creek."
We are a family!

Pray daily for our kids and wife.
Like you, we deal with stress and strife
as well as envy, debt and doubt
that cloud our faith with fear.

Be quick to offer words of praise
for ones who serve you on Sundays;
the greeters, teachers, those who "ush"
and those who "baby watch."

Be slow to gripe and criticize
the things some do you think unwise.
Give grace to those who fail "your test"
and take stock of your pride.

In all these ways your love's expressed.
But, honestly, I must confess
we pastors love to get a note
within a Hallmark card.

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