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15 Pastor Appreciation Messages

October is the month where congregations celebrate their Pastor’s and show their appreciation and gratitude for the work they perform. A public thanks or following a guide to 30 days of showing appreciation to your pastor can help to encourage and motivate the congregation to participate and help one another. The following list of pastor appreciation messages have been used by others and intended to inspire the creation of your own special message.

And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Being a guarding angel, you always lead us to the correct way. Even in the dark wintry nights you heal us with a mystic holy ray.
For the word you spread and the lives you touch… We cannot thank you enough.
Our congregation has many, many blessings for the significant role that you play. Our thanks always and everyday.
Thank you for allowing God to minister through you.
Thank you for the wonderful difference that you make to our world.
Thank you for your compassion and empathy, willingly given in our times of need.
Thank you for your spiritual leadership and guidance. Our congregation is more blessed for it.
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
The message of the gospel speaks loudest when people can see Christ in us.
The service of the pastor is selfless, the service of the priest is precious, the services of clergy is sweet.
When God wants to speak and deal with us, he does not avail himself of an angel but of parents, or the pastor, or of our neighbor.
You are a great pastor. You always seem to point me in the right direction.
Your words of wisdom and unwavering faith uplift us.
You’re a great pastor. Your hard work and sacrifice are appreciated.

An estimated 47% of spouses are suffering burnout due to their jobs in ministering. This can result in forms of depression, irregular eating, loss of friends, and other negative health effects. Approximately 1,500 pastors leave their jobs each month due to burnout. The below infographic outlines interesting statistics and facts about the life of a pastor.

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