Pastor Appreciation Gift Ideas

Sweeten up your Pastor This October!

Pastor Appreciation Gift

One of the most thankless jobs (besides being a mom 🙂  ) would have to be church ministry.  So many times pastors get put on a pedestal and are expected to deliver perfection.  When we as laymen (or laywomen) discover the humanity of our “Shepherd”, we are given to criticism and often dish out a poisonous tongue lashing.  What if instead of judging our ministry leaders for; lets face it, being regular people called into a high-stress, low yield return… what if when they are showing their humanity – we loved on them unconditionally and prayed for them?  Isn’t that what we all want?

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October gives us an excuse to pamper our ministry leaders – Pastor Appreciation Month.  At our church, we have opted to celebrate all month long.  We had a special meal honoring our men of God after church one Sunday.  But that just wasn’t enough.  Each Sunday school class has “adopted” our pastor and youth pastor for a week.  We are praying for them and showering them with tokens of our love.  I teach the 4th-6th grade class and we decided to make up a goody bag full of sweets, using lots of puns. 

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I’ll show you a breakdown on which candy we used and the card we attached.  Everyone knows pastors need to keep their breathe fresh while greeting folks so we included some Extra.

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We also included some lifesavers, to help out with that whole bad breathe thing too. 😉

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We couldn’t pass up on sour patch kids… because preteens can be well… I’ll just leave that one right there!

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I thought this Reeses pieces was super cute!  You could use this for a teacher too!

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 Who doesn’t love a Starbucks?!?

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We had to finish off with a Subway gift card – you know get a little veggies in!

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Y’all this bucket… Oh My Word.  Honestly they almost didn’t get this gem.  I LOVE the rustic feel of this thing!

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What will you do for your pastor this year?  I’d love to hear your feedback.  I’m always on the hunt for unique practical gifts!  And remember – there’s nothing a little bit of sugar won’t help! 🙂

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