Pastor Appreciation Month
October marks Pastor Appreciation month. I hope each congregation on the district finds some way to honor and share their appreciation for their pastor or pastors this month.
In addition to finding some way to share your appreciation for your pastor, I hope you will encourage your pastor to spend the appropriate amount of time caring for her/his own walk with Christ. Your pastor is incapable of leading you where she/he does not go. If your pastor is not growing in her/his own faith, I fear the congregation will not be challenged to grow deeper. I believe it is also important and I expect our pastors to schedule a personal retreat day every month. It is essential for pastors to set time aside to listen for God to speak into their lives. Pastors cannot lead congregations into the future God is calling them into if the pastor is unable to set time aside to listen for God to speak.
I hope you encourage your pastor to take a day off every week. It is important for pastors to have a weekly time where they can care for and nurture the important relationships in their lives, as well as to be cared for by others. It is also important for pastors to have the opportunity to rest and regenerate. Encourage your pastor to take advantage of his/her vacation time. This allows her/him to have larger blocks of time set aside for rest and renewal, and to attend to the most important relationships in her/his life.
Many of our pastors on our district are enrolled in college, seminary, or the course of study. This course work is essential to help our pastors be equipped for the work of the church. Pastors who are not enrolled in seminary or the course of study, are expected to do continuing education. Please, encourage your pastor to set time aside to attend to her/his course work or continuing education. In the long run, the time our pastors spend developing their skillsets is ultimately beneficial to the church.
Finally, please encourage your pastor to care for her/his physical needs. Encourage your pastor to set time aside to exercise, to get sufficient rest, and to have an annual physical. Be mindful, your pastor is not running a 100 meter dash but a marathon.
Rev. Doug Lewis
Firelands District Office:
Rev. Doug Lewis
3 Stower Ln., Unit 5
Norwalk OH 44857
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9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
(Closed Fridays in July & August)
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