31 Ways to Say “Thank You” During Pastor Appreciation Month!


October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We at the Georgia United Methodist Foundation give thanks to God for those who have responded to a call to serve in Christian ministry. Here are 31 ways to express gratitude to pastors who selflessly serve the church in countless ways.

  1. Pray daily for your pastor and his/her family.
  2. Establish a pastoral care team.
  3. Send a thank you note to your pastor.
  4. Organize a drive-by appreciation parade for your pastor.
  5. Honor your pastor with a special love offering.
  6. Create a scrapbook that captures important memories for your pastor.
  7. Create a pastor appreciation video.
  8. Establish an endowment in honor of your pastor.
  9. Take your pastor a meal or set up a Meal Train.
  10. Always express appreciation for your pastor’s family.
  11. Ask someone else to preach so your pastor can have the day off.
  12. Fill a gift basket with your pastor’s favorite coffee, tea, soda, or water.
  13. Give a gift card to your pastor’s favorite restaurant.
  14. Organize a group gift for your pastor.
  15. Offer your pastor a getaway at your vacation home.
  16. Dedicate a room at your church in honor of your pastor.
  17. Buy a housecleaning gift certificate for your pastor.
  18. Decorate your pastor’s office with thank you banners and posters.
  19. Always speak highly of your pastor.
  20. Give a cash gift to your pastor.
  21. Extend God’s love and grace to your pastor.
  22. Frequently thank your pastor for his/her leadership.
  23. Buy a landscaping gift certificate for your pastor.
  24. Offer kind and encouraging words to your pastor.
  25. Surprise your pastor with candy, flowers or balloons.
  26. Support a ministry that your pastor is passionate about.
  27. If your church has a need, be the first to volunteer.
  28. Establish a fund to support your pastor’s professional development.
  29. Make a prayer blanket for your pastor.
  30. Plant a tree or garden in honor of your pastor.
  31. Express appreciation for your pastor year-round.