Why is October special?
Do you know what is special about October? Is it the football games, fall festivals, cooler weather or colorful leaves? No, it’s Pastors Appreciation Month! This is a great time to express gratitude for the shepherds who labor for the Lord by faithfully serving His flock. Certainly, that includes all of the church’s pastoral staff.
Your pastoral leadership are likely aware of their personal weaknesses. Some church members are overly committed to remind the pastors and staff of their faults. Others in the church family assume the pastor is sufficiently affirmed in his ministry. Not so! For this reason, it is important for the church to unite through expressions of appreciation for your senior pastor and for the whole pastoral team. I pray that your church’s deacons, personnel committee or someone in leadership will guide the whole church to be a blessing to your pastor and staff. October is almost here, so get the ball rolling now.
God’s Word says if we know we should do something good, the failure to do it is sin. (See James 4:17.) We know we should be a blessing to the servants who are called by God to lead His church. Let’s do the right thing.
Let me help you with some resources: (1) Focus on the Family has a website that will guide your expressions of gratitude. They also have a Facebook page for this purpose. (2) LifeWay also has a website filled with ideas for blessing the church’s shepherds.
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As you review the highlights of this week’s news, don’t overlook the passing of a great hero of the faith. Evangelist Freddie Gage died last Friday. His services will be streamed live on the internet this Friday. Read the story for more information. It is impossible to describe the impact of this bold, spiritual giant. He will be missed.
Don’t forget the high value of the North Carolina Missions Offering. This month encourage your church family to give generously to impact lostness in North Carolina and beyond.
Another reminder: Do you have your calendar marked for the North Carolina Pastors’ Conference and the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina? I hope to see you at the Koury Center in Greensboro, November 9-11.
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