The nature of the service provided by the pastor and his family is unique. God has entrusted to them one of the most precious of assignments — the spiritual well-being of His flock. When a pastor becomes ineffective, the very souls of his or her parishioners are endangered. When eternity is in the balance, we should all be concerned.
The pastor and his family live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation and community watching their every move.
They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, yet most of us are disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed, lets us down or completely burns out.
That’s why God has instructed us to recognize His servants.
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).
The deacons would like for everyone to show our pastor how much we love and appreciate him and his family. We will be taking up a collection this month to present to him and the end of the month. So please be generous and be sure to designate your check or donation as “Pastor Appreciation.”