October is Pastor Appreciation Month and many congregations will show their affection and encouragement with gift certificates to LifeWay or maybe a special offering. I came across this little gem while reading John L. Dagg and this is what I’m hoping for.
Punctual attendance on the ministrations of the word, is necessary to the spiritual improvement of the church. It is necessary to encourage the heart of the minister. He cannot be expected to preach with earnestness and persevering zeal, if his people manifest no pleasure in listening to the truth which he proclaims. Let him know that they drink in the word with delight, that their souls are refreshed by it, and that it greatly increases their fruitfulness in holiness; with this knowledge he will be stimulated to go forward in his work with boldness, and to endure all his toils with the sustaining assurance that his labor is not in vain in the Lord.
John L. Dagg, Manual of Church Order