The second Sunday in October (10/15/2015) is Pastor Appreciation Day, and the entire month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
It’s quite common for Christians to ‘church shop’ when moving to a new community, or if they’re dissatisfied with their current church. They visit a number of churches until they find a church that fills their needs.
It’s good to find a church that’s just right. If a couple has an infant, a church with a nursery program is ideal. Senior members might need to be picked up by the church van. Mostly, every Christian needs a pastor whose preaching touches their soul.
Could I suggest that once the Holy Spirit has indicated what church to attend, that all the members of the congregation give their support to the pastor. That would be encouragement, lending a hand, prayer, and yes…financial support. May I also suggest the reason the Holy Spirit sends anyone to a particular church is to be of service in the Kingdom.
Most Christians have no idea of the amount of work involved in running a church, the number of hours the pastor puts in. Members of the church often can’t comprehend how stressful it is for his family living in a fishbowl.
Is it biblical to show public and open appreciation for the pastor?
1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13 [NASB] ~
12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.