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Clergy Appreciation Day and Month

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By Cara Beth Lewis 

On the second Sunday of each October, we recognize ministers, pastors, and priests in honor of Clergy Appreciation Day in the United States. Clergy Appreciation Month is also observed throughout the entire month of October.

The month is celebrated and recognized in different ways by different cultures, denominations, and groups of people. Some take up a special offering for their pastors, while others gift their leader with presents, meals, notes of appreciation, and more.

National Day Calendar provided a list of recommendations on how to show appreciation to your ministers, pastors, and priests in honor of Clergy Appreciation Day and Month.

  • Tell others – Tell them how much your church leader does for the congregation.

  • Volunteer – Churches offer more opportunities for volunteering than just about anywhere. Don’t wait to be “voluntold.”

  • Pray for your clergy – It should probably be in the first slot, but it seemed so obvious.

  • Write a note – Thank your minister for being an excellent leader, for his or her compassion, or even something more specific.

  • Ask – Find out where you can help

  • Join your congregation in celebrating your clergy! Recognize them for their leadership, compassion, stewardship, and faith.

Give your clergy a social media shoutout with the hashtag #ClergyAppreciationDay or #ClergyAppreciationMonth.

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