Congregants are being asked to bless their pastor in October for Pastor Appreciation Month.
Brian Kluth, the national spokesman for the Bless Your Pastor Movement, says many churchgoers are unaware that pastors routinely struggle financially because many churches don’t boast large budgets.
“And so pastors are often underpaid, often don't receive any kind of benefits,” he tells OneNewsNow. “So the Bless Your Pastor Movement is really a way for Christians outside of the church budget to show love and care, and concern for their church pastor, and on a personal basis.”
Unbelievers and skeptics routinely claim, however, that pastors are greedy for offerings and tithes.
Yet another misperception is that pastors only work on Sunday and Wednesday, when Kluth says the average pastor works as many as 70 hours a week busily conducting a weekday funeral, a weekend weekend, a church meeting, and a counseling session.
“Most of them feel they are on call 24/7,” he says.
There are 50 suggestions for helping your pastor at the Bless Your Pastor website.