Friday, October 07, 2005

Hey Pastor - "Thank You!"



IN SINCERE APPRECIATION

Well, here we are again — October — Clergy Appreciation Month! Some of you like it, some of you do not, but we at Focus on the Family just keep on making this month a priority. And it now appears that many churches, denominations and other organizations have begun to embrace this biblical concept as their own.

Our intent as we have focused upon you and your family was never to put you on a pedestal, but to create awareness among the laity in our nation and our world of your value and the divine nature of your call. You fill a spot in society that is essential and valued.

It must have been 12 years or so ago that I walked into Dr. Dobson's office with a request that he allow me the privilege of breathing new life into clergy recognition. He agreed, and the rest is history. I wish you would check out the dedicated Web site at www.clergyappreciation.org. You would be amazed at what our staff has done on your behalf. I am grateful to all of them.

When I came to Focus on the Family 14 years ago next month, the Lord gave me a mandate for my assignment as a pastor to pastors — "To facilitate spiritual restoration and renewal in the life of clergy families and, beyond that, to help you better manage your time, finan and personal lives." We hope we have been faithful to that call.

You have been — at least many of you — kind enough to write, call and e-mail us through the years. Your input into our lives has been invaluable. You are heroes to us, and we hold you in the highest regard.

I have no way of knowing if or how you will be honored this month. Affirmation is a luxury, but please do not let praise or lack of it color your attitude. We at Focus on the Family are here for you. If ever you need us, all you have to do is call 877-233-4455 or email us at pastors@family.org. We will be there for you.

"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance" (Jude v. 2). You are appreciated! —

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