Pastor appreciation month

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by webdog, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. webdog

    webdog
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2005
    Messages:
    24,691
    Likes Received:
    0
    Why is this not "Elder appreciation month"? I appreciate my pastor, but we have 3 other elders that put a lot of time and effort into what they do, too. The pastor is the only one that is paid of the bunch, and to me that is appreciation (considering he's one of four elders) :)

    What can be done for the non paid elders as well?
     
  2. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    8
    Tell them that you appreciate them. That is what that you can do.
     
  3. webdog

    webdog
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2005
    Messages:
    24,691
    Likes Received:
    0
    ...but if we are chipping in for a special gift for the pastor...what would be acceptable for the other elders, too?
     
  4. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    8
    Chip in for them, too.
     
  5. tinytim

    tinytim
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/tim2.jpg>

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Messages:
    11,250
    Likes Received:
    0
    One lady put a bulletin insert in our bulletins last Sunday describing... Clergy Appreciation Month... or CAM for short...

    This would also include elders, would it not?
     
  6. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    8
    Would, should, could. Any card carrying clergy.

    I have a clergy card to the three hospitals in our area. One year, when I was serving on staff, we were all appreciated.
     
  7. Alcott

    Alcott
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2002
    Messages:
    7,456
    Likes Received:
    93
    "clergy"? That's a class denotation. I would have nothing to do with such.
     
  8. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    44,448
    Likes Received:
    0
    I appreciate my pastor and elders all the time...not just one designated day a year.
     
  9. David Lamb

    David Lamb
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,982
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've never heard of "Pastor Appreciation Month" - perhaps it's an American thing. :) I agree that (1) we should appreciate our elders every month, and (2) we should appreciate elders who are not pastors, deacons, fellow church-members.
     
  10. pops

    pops
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    not elder appreciation not congregation appreciation not whatever..
    because generally Elders are otherwise employed and do this service voluntarily.
    because others don't have to listen to the whining of various members - Songs are not worshipful, Songs don't attract the younger generation, pastor is to formal, pastor is to casual, pastor forgot my birthday, pastor forgot to pray for my cousin in ... , pastor wants a raise, pastor wants a vacation and we need him here, pastor seems discouraged and I don't know why isn't this his job?,,
    Now do you have a better understanding of why it is called 'Pastor Appreciation Month'? . I hope so sometimes I wonder .. Have you written to your missionaries? They are pastors also.
     
  11. tinytim

    tinytim
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/tim2.jpg>

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Messages:
    11,250
    Likes Received:
    0
    I received this in email recently....



    The Perfect Pastor

    Preaches exactly 20 minutes and follows it with an invitation in which everyone is convicted but no one is offended.

    Works from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and serves as church counselor as well as janitor.

    37 years old with 40 years of preaching experience.

    He is paid $400 a week, and gives $100 back to the church.

    Tall and short, thin and heavy set.

    Hair is parted in the middle and is straight on one side and wavy on the other side, with a balding spot on top revealing his maturity. And grey all over.

    Has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all his time with seniors.

    He smiles constantly with a straight and sober face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously at his work.

    Spends 40 hours a week in sermon preparation, 20 hours in counseling, 10 hours in meetings, five hours in emergencies, 20 hours in visitation and 15 hours in evangelism, 6 hours in weddings and funerals, 30 hours in prayer and meditation, 12 hours in letter writing, and administration, and 10 hours in creative thinking.

    Spends 5 evenings at home with his family, plus a day off, and always stops for interruptions.

    Makes 15 visits a day to shut-ins and is always available in his office.

    Spends all his time evangelizing the unchurched.

    A seminary graduate, but uses only one- and two-syllable words.

    His kids are perfect, his mother is rich, and his wife plays the piano.

    His house is large, his bank account is small, and his car is in the shop.

    He is paid too much but gives it all to the poor and wears nice clothes.

    He is talented, gifted, scholarly, practical, popular, compassionate, understanding, patient, level headed, dependable, loving, caring, neat, organized, cheerful, and above all, humble.

    If your pastor does not measure up to these criteria, send this list to six other churches that are also dissatisfied with their pastor. Then, bundle up your pastor and send him to the church at the top of the list. In one week you will receive 1,643 pastors. Surely one of them will be perfect. Have faith in this letter. One church broke the chain and got its old pastor back in three months.

    Anonymous
     
  12. Jerome

    Jerome
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,629
    Likes Received:
    45
    Pay them:laugh:
    Call them pastors like other Baptists do:laugh:
     
  13. Plain Old Bill

    Plain Old Bill
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2003
    Messages:
    3,657
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sounds like a Deacons prayer meeting,"You keep him humble Lord and we'll keep him poor".:laugh:
     
  14. TCGreek

    TCGreek
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2006
    Messages:
    7,373
    Likes Received:
    0
    Did my secretary email my info to you?:laugh:
     
    #14 TCGreek, Oct 19, 2007
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 19, 2007

Share This Page

Loading...