Pastor Appreciation Month

[Written by… is pleased to present Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr., director of Eternal Ministries, Inc., pastor-teacher of Coastal Bible Chapel in Port Wentworth, GA and author of  The Genesis Factor published by Master Books. In this post, Dr. Bigalke notes that October is National Pastor Appreciation Month and that the Church is exhorted by biblical scripture to “remember those who led you…”] 

Fall is that beautiful time of year when the leaves change color. The trees begin preparation for winter and so indicate they will rest, having matured another year according to the wise design that the Creator endowed to them.

Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr., author of The Genesis Factor

Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr., author of The Genesis Factor

As the trees show their maturity, so should those who belong to the Lord show forth the changes the Word of God has made in their lives in bringing them to maturity. The writer of Hebrews exhorted the church to “remember those who led you, who spoke the Word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” (13:7) The Greek word for “remember” is mnhmoneuw, meaning “to be mindful of, to fix the thoughts upon.”

The biblical writer exhorted the church to be mindful of those who communicated the Word of God by observing their admonitions. The exhortation is similar to 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (“But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work…”).

The greatest demonstration of appreciation for those God has entrusted as leaders to the church is to follow closely and observe attentively in doctrine and practice the Word of God communicated to them. (cf. Heb. 2:3, 4:2). It is because those who are true shepherds feed the sheep with the Word of God, and since Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (13:8), that all believers should strive for faithfulness in doctrine and practice. These are the best gifts to those who are called by God as shepherds of the church.

Moreover, pastors will be overjoyed with those who “run the race” with patience and perseverance. Hebrews 12:1 (“…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”) commands believers to engage one’s life in the service of the Lord. Living in such a manner is not only glorifying to God, but also will bless those who have labored to communicate the Word of God faithfully.

May we be as the trees, and show the beauty of maturing in the will and purpose of God for our lives by being conformed to His Word in the likeness of His Son. Your beauty in the Lord Jesus Christ is a pleasing gift to the Father, who called you according to His purpose, and will surely be appreciated by those who labor as under-shepherds of the Good and Great Shepherd (John 10:11, 14; Heb. 13:20).


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