20 Writing Prompts for a Pastor Appreciation Card

October is the month when so many church members and church staff search for ideas to be able to shower their pastor and his family with love during Pastor Appreciation Month. As a writer, I would encourage you to put a good letter or a very nice message in a card. Write down your heart’s feelings, take that time to really put them on paper and share them with your pastor’s family. People will use a gift and may eventually give it away but many ministry families will keep cards in a file or a box to read in times of discouragement or reflection.

Not every pastor is discouraged or going through a trial but eventually they will.  A well written card or letter can be meat to a hurting pastor’s heart, they can revive a tired mind, and help a man on a mountaintop continue to press forward. Never underestimate the power of your written words to help God’s servant keep serving faithfully. What you say may be exactly what the Holy Spirit will use to speak to their heart on any number of matters.

Some people are intimidated by writing meaningful messages in a card or taking on the challenge of writing a full-blown letter. It doesn’t have to be hard. Be yourself when you write and ask God to guide your hand and your heart. He will help you fashion a meaningful (to both you and the pastor) note that can be an encouragement.

20 Writing Prompts for a Pastor Appreciation Card

  • Simply give thanks to him and his family for their leadership and work in the church.
  • Give details on how he has influenced you or helped you spiritually.
  • Write about the usefulness of his messages and their specific effect on your life.
  • Explain how the Holy Spirit used something he said to change your life.
  • Write about your perspective of his testimony and how it blesses you.
  • Elaborate on specific character qualities that make him a unique man of God.
  • Write about an event that sticks out in your memory where his wisdom helped alter a specific trial in your life or the ministry of the church.
  • Recognize his time and investment into the church and its members.
  • Highlight the fruitfulness of his ministry and how through the years the ministry has changed for the glory of God.
  • Describe the power of God through his preaching.
  • Give an example of how his marriage and/or parenting skills have been a particular blessing to you.
  • Explain how souls have been saved during the years he has led the ministry of the church and its impact on eternity.
  • Acknowledge his struggles and trials and encourage him to continue to serve and live faithfully.
  • Impart a message of blessing, similar to the blessings in the Old Testament given by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  • Disclose your thoughts of how he and his family are a good example to the church and the community.
  • Make a list of prayers that have been answered in the last year and show him how God has worked in the lives of the members of the church.
  • Compliment his family for loving other people, serving, and teaching others truths of the Bible.
  • Tell him that you pray for him regularly.
  • Explain what his friendship means to you and your family.
  • Compliment his dedication to Bible doctrine and his faithful study of God’s Word.

This is an article that can help you all year round to be a blessing when you notice your pastor and his family need it. Please never discount the effect you can have one someone’s ministry just by taking time to express your thoughts in honest gratitude and genuine care. Happy Pastor Appreciation Month y’all!


Pastor Appreciation: 10 Ways to Say it with Cake!

One of the greatest ways to say thank you to your pastor is demonstrated through cake! You know, we all love a good fellowship time with our fellow church members eating cake and drinking some punch… or it always seems to me that is how celebrations of honor and thanks are given in the church community.

Pastor Appreciation - Say It With Cake

I’ve compiled a little visual list of 10 Cake ideas that might spark your imagination for your next demonstration of thanks to your pastor and his family through cake. The links are above the cake that will take you to the original website where these ideas came from.

P.S. Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to get some good ideas for sayings for appreciation and retirement/goodbye cakes!

1. Highlight His Favorite Sunday Attire

Pastor’s Shirt on Cake Central by Cake Designs

2. Make a Duplicake of His Bible

Bible Cake from Cakes By Q


3. Make It Classy – Highlight a Seasonal Decoration

Fall Flowers on Cake Central by Cherry Cakes

4. Show Your Pastor’s Love for the Church Members

A Spanish Cake on Cake Central by milliegonza

5. Show Your Pastor Love from the Church Members

From Your Flock with Sheep Cupcakes by a Pinterest User

Pastor's birthday cake

6. Gotta Love Sheep Cake Pops On Top of Cake

From the Flock Cake with Sheep Cake pops by Sapphire Confections

7. Create a Replica of His Desk with His Pastoral Job in Mind

The Pastor’s Desk Uploaded by a Pinterest User

cake idea for Pastor appreciation

8. Create a Fondant Preacher Man

Pastor Reading His Bible from Bake-A-Story

9. Highlight His Favorite Verse or a Verse that Represents His Ministry

Like a Tree Planted By the Waters Cake Uploaded by a Pinterest User

Bible verse cake, pastors cake

10. Use a Classic Christian Metaphor or Song to Create a Cake

Lighthouse Appreciation Cake by Launa on Cake Central

Thank You Sayings for Appreciation Cakes
  • Thank You for Giving to the Lord
  • Keep Preaching the Word! We love you!
  • Congratulations on # Years of Ministry
  • Celebrating # Years of Christ’s Ministry
  • We appreciate you and your family
  • Thank You for Shepherding Our Flock! We Love Ewe!
  • We Appreciate Everything You Do! Love, Your Church
  • We Love Our Pastor
  • (Pastor’s Name) and (Pastor’s Wife Name)… Faithful Servants (Bro. Randy and Mrs. Sue…Faithful Servants)
Good-Bye or Retirement Sayings
  • May the Lord Bless and Guide You
  • We’ll miss you, God bless
  • With Much Love to the (name) Family
  • Thank You (name) Family for # Great Years (Thank you Smith Family for 6 Great Years!)
  • Thank You So Much for Your Love and Care
  • Well Done Good and Faithful Servant – Pastor (name)
  • We Are Blessed God Brought You Here
  • We Will Not Forget Your Work and Labor of Love
  • God Blessed Us With Your Ministry, May God Bless Your Retirement.

Other Pastor Appreciation Articles You May Enjoy…

Honoring Your Pastor: Honorary Gift Idea List

Honoring Your Pastor: Free Gifts to Give

Honoring Your Pastor: Gifts of Investment

Honoring Your Pastor: Honorary Gift Idea List


This gift idea list is for when you want to do something really special for your pastor. 23 ideas are listed below to help make honoring your pastor a piece of cake! Some of these ideas will take some time and effort but I assure you that it will be well worth the effort you take, if you give generously.

For God loveth a cheerful giver! II Corinthians 9:7b

Show Your Pastor and His Wife You Love Them Every Year

I encourage you to honor them yearly! Know the date in which they came to serve in your church for the first Sunday and even if you do not make a big deal about it every year, it should be recognized and they should be given a token of the church’s appreciation. Their service to you and your church is not only a benefit, it is their calling and it is their work in obedience to the Lord.

Special Times of Recognition

There are extra special times to recognize your pastor and his service. It is not any different from a married couple, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30+ years of serving either in ministry itself or in the ministry of your church in particular. Even when your pastor was a scrawny youth pastor in the dark ages of ministry, it was still service that adds up through the years. Our pastor has served in our church over 30 years now but his total number of ministry years has been over 40. I know when my great-grandfather had served over 50 years in ministry someone arranged for him to receive an honorary doctorate. There may also be other times when you recognize his leadership over completing something like a large building project or recognize his faithfulness through a particularly difficult time in his life or the church’s life.

Honorary Gift Idea List

  • Plaque – don’t get a boring one, find a nice one! We bought an etched blue glass plaque for our pastor that stands on his shelf like the one seen here.
  • Office renovation – does he still have dated wallpaper in his office? Update! It does not have to be a surprise, let him be involved in making changes he likes.
  • New pulpit
  • A Banquet in honor of him and his wife – even if you can’t afford a nice venue, you can still do something great at your church facilities with a little creativity.
  • A church-wide photo taken outside your church and framed – hire someone or use a nice camera propped on top of a church van like we did to get a nice group photo.
  • An updated computer with Bible software – I have heard good things about Logos software if your pastor likes to use the computer for sermon preparation.
  • Memory photo books of the church history and church events. Use someone in your church to scan and organize old church photos into folders on the church computer, then download them onto a website that makes photo books and it will be so much easier to look at them. If you make a copy for your church, get a copy for the pastor and his family too. I recommend Shutterfly because they have great customer service.
  • Video testimonies shown in church services and saved on a DVD for them to watch at their leisure. Videos should be taken weeks in advance so that someone can compile your videos.
  • A special preaching revival in their honor – it might be neat to use their favorite preacher or bring in someone who is significant to them and their ministry.
  • A quilt with pieces provided or signed by the church members and sewn together by ladies in your church to complete the quilt. Okay, so maybe your pastor’s wife would like this more than your pastor would… 🙂
  • Car upgrade – Is your pastor driving a heap of junk? If your church can afford it, it may be a benefit to give him an upgraded vehicle or some money toward a new one.
  • Vacation time with accommodations and spending money provided – if you give them the trip, make sure they go and enjoy it!
  • Engraved pieces from a company like Things Remembered.
  • A new Bible with favorite verses highlighted by the members of the church.
  • A memory or thanks jar filled with slips of paper with memories written on them from members of the church or little messages of thanks.
  • A Staff Take-Over Night – A church in Arizona did this to their pastor, taking over the service, bringing out a recliner into the middle aisle, giving their pastor a “night off,” then their assistant pastor preached a message encouraging their pastor. Just make sure that this type of thing would be okay with your pastor, some personalities might not like it.
  • Bring in a special music group for a Sunday – be sure that the group is someone your pastor likes and the music conforms to your church standards of music. You could also have your choir or a singing group in your song sing a song like, Stand By God’s Man, written by Julia Montoro.
  • A gift card tree – these are always a blessing to help your pastor in a fun way.
  • A love offering – this love offering should be a sincere expression of love, not a cheap token, but may quite be a sacrifice of love from the members. Remember, that your pastor and his family has sacrificed a lot of time and effort on the church’s behalf.
  • New household appliances. Has it been years since he and his wife have been able to buy a new refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, stove, or grill? It would be a pleasant surprise to them to get an upgrade.
  • Contact your local newspaper. They may be interested in running an article on your pastor in the religious section if he has served in the community for a long time. This would be a special way of honoring his dedication and faithfulness.
  • Finally, listen and learn to what his needs or desires are. If they’re in the budget, then give him the desires of his heart!

On the Ministry Mamas Pinterest Pastor Appreciation page there are over 70 pins of all types of ideas for gifts, cakes, and even gift basket to show appreciation toward your pastor.

*Please note that this article does not contain affiliate links. I love to help you find great things easily, that’s all!

Other articles in this series are:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHonoring Your Pastor: Personal Gifts of Investment

Honoring Pastor - Free GiftsHonoring Your Pastor: Free Gifts to Give