October designated Clergy Appreciation Month
Monday, October 1, 2012
Global Ministry Center
October is traditionally recognized in various parts of the world as Clergy Appreciation Month. Church of the Nazarene congregations are encouraged to celebrate with their clergy, who sacrifice and faithfully serve the Lord and His church. 

To assist congregations in the planning for Clergy Appreciation, helpful suggestions are available from ThrivingPastor.org. Planning guides, art work, and many other helpful resources are provided in English and Spanish.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17 NIV). Those who do the preaching and teaching in your congregation will be deeply honored through your expressions of grace. Celebrate those who have answered God’s call and are serving with intentionality.

Remember, clergy include all those who serve pastorally, and this month of appreciation is for all of them. So gather a Sunday School class, home group, or engage the entire congregation. October is the time to say, "thank you."

If there are questions or comments regarding Clergy Appreciation resources, call or email Clergy Development at (800) 306-7651 or pastor@nazarene.org.
--Church of the Nazarene Clergy Development
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