​Pastor Appreciation Ideas

One of the best ways to encourage and refresh pastors is to help make sure they are able to attend The Gathering in Orlando, FL, January 13-16, 2015. After that, we recommend the following as some great ways to show appreciation to your pastor(s) for all he or she does—not just in October, but anytime throughout the year!

  • The Gathering. Send your pastor(s) to The Gathering in January ‘15
  • Counseling/Coaching & Marriage Check-up. The Wesleyan Church has a unique relationship with PastorServe.com:
  • Clergy Care Retreats. We want you to know that we have created some unique relationships with retreat centers for pastors, some with marriage enrichment options. They offer specific resources to maximize clergy health and effectiveness over the long haul. See our website for more details on these and other options for supporting your pastor(s): http://www.wesleyan.org/1358/new-clergy-care-retreat-centers
  • Nice Dinner. Provide a nice dinner or banquet in honor of your pastors and their spouses
  • Gift Baskets. Set out baskets for gifts and cards (consider a different month for each pastor!)
  • 3-day Getaway. Provide a two-night, three-day getaway for pastor & spouse to a place you know they will love.
  • New Software. Purchase new software that will really help your pastor. For instance:
    • Logos Bible software
    • Right now media
    • Google Drive space
    • Spotify Premium
  • New Equipment. Some examples include:
    • Ipad
    • Computer
    • Kindle
  • Date Night. Make arrangements to watch the kids so the pastor and spouse can go out for the evening.
  • Bonus. Give them a bonus and present it in church along with words of appreciation.
  • Conference. Paid trip to a conference of the pastor’s choice. For example:
    • Gathering ‘15
    • Leadership conference for pastor and spouse
    • Catalyst
  • Library Addition. Provide a favorite gift to add to the pastor’s personal library, such as:
    • Theological and biblical resources
    • Leadership books
    • Counseling resources
  • Personal Gift. Provide a personal gift you know the pastor and spouse would enjoy for recreation.
  • Car Repair. Offer to take care of a significant repair or other transportation needs.
  • Continuing Education. Offer financial assistance to further the pastor’s education.
  • Gifts for Pastor’s Children. Present gift certificates for the children of pastors to their favorite store.