CLERGY APPRECIATION DAY - Second Sunday in October

CLERGY APPRECIATION DAY – Second Sunday in October


Clergy Appreciation Day on the second Sunday in October reminds us to recognize the work of ministers, pastors, and priests in the United States. This national day also falls in National Clergy Month, which is observed each October.

Many congregations take up a special offering on this day to bless their pastors. Others use the entire month of October to find different means to bless the leaders with meals, gifts, and even paid vacations. As an individual, there are several ways to show your clergy appreciation.

  • Tell others – Tell them how much your church leader does for the congregation – and let your pastor overhear you.
  • 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 specific.
  • Ask – Find out where you can help. Some clergy don’t delegate enough or (see volunteer) so few people volunteer, they’ve taken all the burdens upon themselves.

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

HOW TO OBSERVE #ClergyAppreciationDay

Thank your clergy for the work they do. Give them a shout-out using the hashtag #ClergyAppreciationDay and post to your social media accounts. Encourage others to do the same. Being a pastor or other clergy member has its good days, and bad. Yet all leaders need to be recognized for their work and efforts.

Be sure you also personally thank them for all they do to help you and your family!


Hallmark Cards first started Clergy Appreciation National Day of Honor in 1992. The day later changed to Clergy Appreciation Day and is sometimes referred to as Pastor Appreciation Day.

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