1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 is very clear about the church’s responsibility to give honor to its pastors. Consider the verses…
And we beseech you brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
It’s clear what Paul is saying to the church…
- You need to know and understand your pastors well, remembering that they have been called of God to labor, oversee, and teach you.
- You need to think respectfully and express love (esteem) for your pastors, not because of their personality, but because of the responsibility of their work.
- You need to be in a constant state of peace with your pastors, as you follow their God-ordained leadership in your life
Now, what does this have to do with honoring “the second man?”
October is deemed nationally among Christian churches as “Pastor Appreciation Month.” Many families go to great lengths during this month to express love and appreciation to their Lead Pastors for the reasons in which Paul shared in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
However, at Laurel Baptist Church we recognize October as “Assistant Pastor Appreciation Month.” Please hear me out – Kathleen and I appreciate every token, gesture, and word that expresses love and respect for our ministry at LBC, but we want October to be all about our Assistant Pastors. Here’s why…
Each year on Anniversary Sunday, in June, our church goes ABOVE & BEYOND to express love toward my family. In fact, you have done this since year #1 – providing for our needs, sending us on vacations, acknowledging our children in such a way that they love being pastor’s kids. With all that you do for us in June, it would not be right for us to “hit you up” again in October! 🙂 But, there is a group of people in our church that are well-deserving of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: our assistant pastors. This is why October at LBC is ASSISTANT Pastor Appreciation Month.
So, what does that mean for us?
We are calling Sunday, October 16th Assistant Pastor Appreciation Day. Because we have two families (Pastor Jared & Julie and Pastor Josh & Jenn) and in the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (esteeming them very highly in love), we are going to take up a special offering in their honor and split the offering between both families to express our love and appreciation for their work at LBC. I am asking you to do a couple of things for me…
- Don’t purchase me anything in October. Use that money to share love to our staff.
- Prepare to give a designated offering on Assistant Pastor Appreciation Day, Sunday, October 16th during the morning and evening services.
- Instead of buying a gift card or giving a gift(s) to the families, take that money and set it aside for the special offering on Sunday, October 16th.
Now, our leadership team has prepared unique gifts to meet the needs of both families during this season of their life and ministry. So, your offering is extremely important in helping us cover these costs. We will total the offering and split it between the two families to cover the costs of the gifts that we have prepared.
Listen, this is going to be great (as it is every year). You’ll not want to miss the presentation we make to them, through your offering, on Sunday, October 16th. During the 5:30pm service I will bring both families to the platform where we will make our presentations to each member of the family.
I’ll say one more thing…since you are being encouraged by me to give in the offering as opposed to purchasing a particular gift, do consider writing a note or preparing a card and give it to the families. TRUST ME, notes from our people that express love, encouragement, support, and prayers are fuel that keeps us going. It’s both helpful and needed. Prepare now to express love toward Pastors Jared & Josh (and their families) in some way on Assistant Pastor Appreciation Sunday.
Remember, we do this “for their work’s sake.” God has placed a unique calling on the lives of those who minister His Word and take care of the church of God. No wonder He says, “esteem them VERY highly.” In my humble opinion, the Lord has blessed our church, because our church has always blessed its pastors. Let’s continue this legacy of being a loving church family by giving to the special offering on Assistant Pastor Appreciation Sunday!