The idea of a formal Clergy Appreciation began in the early 1990s. Using 1 Timothy 5:17 as a foundation, it soon became a widely-recognized holiday, also referred to as Pastor’s Appreciation. Churches and congregations are encouraged to do what the Bible says, to respect those who work hard in the church.

During our November 11 worship service, our head elder formally recognized and publicly thanked Pastor Josué and his family for his work at Henderson Highway Church. In addition to prayer, they were gifted with family memberships for Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Manitoba Museum.

The congregation was invited to participate as well, over the next 30 days. Volunteers selected a date ranging from November 13 through to December 12. The back of the card read:

“Thank you for praying for Pastor Josué and his family today. Do something kind for him today.”

An air of excitement ran through the church as we started to brainstorm acts of kindness. Some are planning fun surprises, some are planning fun pranks. What a blessing to have a Pastor with a sense of humour!

Though we’ve dedicated ourselves to intentionally loving the Sánchez family for the next month, our church will also be gifted. As we spend time in prayer for our Pastor, we will also be impacted, as God answers these prayers.

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