Monday, October 23, 2017

Pastor's Appreciation: Between Assignments

I'm thankful for my husband who is a Pastor.
My husband has been a Worship Pastor for 10 years. I have learned that every denomination has different ways of honoring their clergy, different days of the year.
I have also learned that honoring someone can be done in season and out of season for it comes directly from the heart.

This year has been an interesting one for us. For the past 9 years my husband was part of a church staff during Pastor's Appreciation Month but until recently we were between assignments.

I am thinking about Pastors who are between assignments. I'm sure that in God's eyes they are still clergy because their calling should never be attached to a building. I want to wish a happy clergy appreciation month to Pastors who are between assignments. I honor and celebrate them and their families. I pray that they continue to trust the God who called them.

My family and I are thankful for all clergy who have blessed our lives in the past and present. We were blessed to serve in incredible churches and we have met some humble and faithful pastors during our years in ministry. My prayer is that all those wonderful people will continue to serve the Lord with gladness as they have done so incredibly well.

Zeke is a wonderful Pastor and I want to honor him every day. He has a heart for God and for His people. He finds joy in ministering to the Lord as He serves Him faithfully. Zeke has developed his own style of pastoring and I'm so happy to be part of his ministry. Zeke is true to God, his family and his calling. I love his transparency and commitment to God.

I appreciate Zeke for putting his family first. I understand ministry can be quite the wild goose. I understand things don't always go as planned and the hours can be demanding. I appreciate Zeke for showing us that we come first and we thank God for being able to serve Him as a family.

I'm still thinking about pastors who are between assignments. I'm thinking about their sweet families. There may not be large crowds applauding them. There may not be a reception and cards saying 'thank you for your service.' That's okay. When you know Who you serve, you also know where your reward comes from. My final encouragement comes from 2 Timothy 4:2 "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching." Your reward truly comes from the God who called you Pastor friend.

Happy Pastor's Appreciation Month!

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