With National Care for Pastors Sunday coming up next weekend,
Christians are being encouraged to smother their pastors with
A week from tomorrow, spokesman
Tim Jensen says Clergy Appreciation Month will be highlighted, as
the event is annually recognized the second Sunday of October.
"We're establishing National Care for Pastors Sunday because we
strongly believe that the position of pastors should be affirmed by
every congregation and held with great respect," Jensen submits.
"We believe that pastors serve our communities in a vital and
important way that helps to build community faith and to meet the
needs of so many."
He contends that pastors need to be supported, encouraged and
appreciated, just as they appreciate members of their congregation.
And the spokesman points out that most people fail to fully
understand the degree of pressure on pastors and their families,
as pastors do not work just an hour on Sunday.
"Pastors need care, too, and congregations across this nation
can take a little time to specifically thank them and express to
them their gratitude for the service that they provide," Jensen
urges. "That will indeed build a healthier relationship between
pastors and congregants, and healthy churches affect communities in
a very positive way."
An event planning guide is available on the National
Care for Pastors Sunday website.
The list of pastors willing to challenge the Internal Revenue
Service's rules for maintaining tax-exempt status is growing in
advance of Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend.