As the wife of a Pastor, I know how hard these guys work. All week and even on Sunday. They study the Bible, meet with people, prepare a message, meet with people, plan events, meet with people, review budgets, meet with more people, speak in front of people on Sunday morning… The job is never done. Even though they have “regular office hours,” life doesn’t, and therefore at any time of the day or night someone might need their pastor. Babies are born, people get ill, and things happen. Life happens and people need someone there who they know can help them navigate whatever season of life they are dealing with. Pastors give up so much to be there – home cooked dinner with their families, kid’s school activities, even sleep. October is Pasotr Appreciation Month, and this Sunday October 13th 2013 is Pastor Appreciation Day. Here are some ideas that all types of Pastors and church workers will love.
Hipster – you’ll know this guy because of his v-neck and skinny jeans. Depending on your denomination he may or may not have full sleeve tattoos and body piercings too.
Nerd – Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, or general science knowledge. This one comes in diffrent forms, but the Nerd Pastor is a HUGE fan of his specific genre and will usually have T-Shirts, desk toys, and mugs to show his devotion. Get him just about anything from:
Introvert – this Pastor can sometimes be hard to spot because his job requires him to interact with people so much, but you will know him because he is the one consitantly finding a book/computer/iPhone to retreat to as opposed to initiating conversations.
Extrovert – you can find this Pastor at coffee shops, community activities, and every event at church. Talking to people, and then someone else, and then another group of people. This guy is the Pastor that gets energized by being with people.
(*If you want to push the Introvert or Extrovert Pastor WAY outside their comfort zones, just switch their gifts. They literally will not know what to do with it… but their wives will probably say a special prayer of blessing over you.)
Outdoorsy – this is the Pastor that is leading camping trips, beach days, sports in the park, pretty much an excuse to be outside. He may be very athletic. His car may contain one or more of the following items: surf racks, a Frisbee, running shoes, a stand-up paddle board, a repelling harness, an Adventure Pass for the National Parks, or a Sports Chalet licence plate cover that says “I’d rather be _________”.
Missions Pastor – this man is in the know about the state of the global church. He knows all about water conservation techniques in the Sahara, how the native peoples of Chili keep warm, or the needs of the Nepalese widows. He probably has more than one story about how he has been robbed, gotten malaria, or almost died while over seas. This guy is like the secret hardcore dude of your church.
Youth Pastor – this is the fun guy of the church. Usually a teenager at heart. He knows a million ice-breaker games and most include eating something disgusting. But he is the only one that can get the middle-schoolers to be semi-quiet in church which makes him deserving of our utmost respect.
What Youth Pastors need most is volunteers. It’s not easy wrangling those kids. These guys need all the help they can get. Even for one event, it will make a world of difference for their sanity. Just don’t be all judgy the whole time otherwise you are giving a terrible gift, and I cannot be responsible for encouraging terrible gifts.
Worship Leader – idk if I need to explain him. He will look different depending on denomination – but worship leaders are super dedicated to their craft. And they are called upon for their services all the time. Make sure he is never without a pick.
Women’s Director – the unsung hero of the Pastoral Team. I know many a Women’s Director who works tirelessly and gets forgotten on this special day. Let her know she is not frogotten, and give her some pampering for having to deal with all the above personality types in staff meetings.
Any other ideas guys?