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Marla Smart: It's Pastor Appreciation month | Moms

October first marks the 10 year anniversary of my husband and me leading ministry at Foursquare Gospel Center.

Like everything in life, in this time we have experienced laughter and tears, frustrations over failures, joy over successes. Good and bad notwithstanding, we are grateful for where we have been placed and for the people who make up the congregation of our church. We love them, and they are good to show us how much they love us on a regular basis.

In our family, it is almost as if the entire group of us is a part of our ministry team. We joke about the church building being our “second home,” but it’s true.

The kids are there as much as we are, being pulled into helping prepare for events, volunteering alongside us for worship teams and nursery duty; if the doors are open, chances are you’ll find most of us there together.

I assume this is the standard for most pastors’ families; it certainly was for my and my husband’s family – we are both “PK’s” as well. (That’s “Pastor’s Kids” for those not in the know!)

Pastoring is not a nine-to-five job that gets locked up tight until the next day. Besides preparation for Sunday’s sermon, your pastors and their families are at the mercy of needs that arrive at all times.

We deal as a family with Dad needing to be away from us at odd times, like middle of the night emergency runs to homes or the hospital to minister to those in need.

When volunteers can’t be found for something that needs doing at the church, it gets done by us, including toilet scrubbing.

The list could go on. I’m not saying any of this to complain, just so you understand. Pastors have a calling, and the duties of that calling we gladly accept.

October is Pastor Appreciation month. We are humbled at our church by the outpouring of blessing and love from the people we lead. They do this well.

I just wanted to encourage those of you who have a home church to consider showing your pastor how much you appreciate him/her for their commitment to the servant-hood of ministry.

And, as a mom of PK’s, I think it is wonderful to extend that appreciation to the pastor’s children. The family as a whole makes a lot of sacrifices, and by thanking all of them, you acknowledge their dedication to and care of your needs as a member of the congregation.

I think I can safely say most pastors will not expect a reward for what they are doing because they are dedicated to what they are called to do.

In 1 Timothy 5:17, we are told, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

Take a minute this month to honor those people who do their work with unceasing devotion.

October first marks the 10 year anniversary of my husband and me leading ministry at Foursquare Gospel Center

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