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Bible Verses for Pastor Appreciation, Pastor Encouragement, & Pastor Appreciation Day – 15 Inspirational Scriptures of Encouragement for Pastors and Ministers. A list of Inspiring Pastor Appreciation Scriptures present a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation to Pastors, whether it’s for your Pastors Ordination, Anniversary, or Retirement. Can be used to appreciate and encourage Pastors, Preachers, Teachers of the Word, and any Minister of God, not just on Pastor Appreciation Day, but every day – just to say: “Thank you Pastor”, “Love you Pastor”, “I appreciate you Pastor” and “I am Praying for You Pastor”!. I pray these are a blessing to you and yours!

First, we explore 15 Inspiring Pastor Appreciation Scriptures, which we can use to show love, appreciation and encouragement to Pastors anytime. Next, Please scroll down to the end for scriptures which encourage us to love, respect, encourage and appreciate our Pastors.

15 Bible Verses for Pastor Appreciation & Encouragement

Romans 1:8, ASV
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you…

1 Thessalonians 1:2, ASV
We give thanks to God always for you… making mention of you in our prayers;

1 Thessalonians 1:3, ESV
Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 9:13-14, NLT
As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.

2 Samuel 2:6a, NLT
May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love!

2 Samuel 2:6a, ESV
…May the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you.

~ Numbers 6:24-26, NLT
May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.

1 Corinthians 1:4, NIV
I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

Ruth 2:12, ESV
The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel…”

Isaiah 52:7, ESV
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation…

Psalm 37:23, NLT
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Ruth 1:8, NIV May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness…
Galatians 6:9, ESV And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever, Amen.” ~ Adapted from Psalm 23:6, KJV

Philippians 4:19, ESV And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Philippians 1:3, NIV I thank God every time I remember you.

Bible Verses encouraging us to Show Appreciation to Pastors
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1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, NLT Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
1 Timothy 5:17, NIV The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
1 Corinthians 9:14, NLT In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.
Thank you Pastors, Preachers, and Teachers of the gospel everywhere! May God bless you, protect you, and overwhelm you with his love, goodness, mercies and favor now and always, Amen!

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Encouragement. It sometimes seems ministry is all discouragement and no encouragement. Darkness falls on pastors of large churches with tremendous influence as well as pastors of small, rural churches that are just struggling to keep the doors open. Devotion, faithfulness and obedience are wonderful things but they do not grant immunity from hard times. Discouragement is inevitable, continually living in it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few practical steps you can take that may help you see the light of encouragement at the end of the tunnel.

Cut the grass.

I know how unspiritual that sounds. I’m supposed to tell you to spend more time reading the Puritans. There’s a time for that. But, believe it or not, there’s also a time for mowing your lawn. And no, I’m not speaking allegorically. The lawn mower doesn’t represent your Bible and the tall grass your sin. For this step you need a real lawn mower and some actual grass.

Ministry takes time. There will be seasons when you wonder to yourself how people who just listened to you preach through the book of James could still say the things they do to each other. There will be people you counsel who tend to take more steps backward that forward. And if you’re not careful, you’ll start to think that you’re wasting your time. You’re not.

We are wired for gratification. But that doesn’t always come in ministry. Some ministry efforts spend decades growing beneath the surface before any fruit is ever seen. You may never see the fruit of your ministry on this side of eternity. That can be discouraging.

Ministry is a marathon so don’t expect any sense of completion a mile into the race. Instead, get out your lawn mower and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making tall grass short. If you don’t have a yard that needs to be cut, work on your mile time or start building bird houses. Sometimes instant results can do you good. But that’s something that ministry rarely offers so make sure that your lawn mower is ready for spring.

Check your social media usage.

Again, this doesn’t sound too spiritual but it could be that the holiest thing you do this week is to scale back on the time you spend on social media wishing you had the life of some other ministry leader who seems to be doing much better than you. We all know the guy who tweets about how #blessed he is that his latest sermon series won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Performance. Meanwhile, you spent half of the day last Sunday defending the youth minister in a special called deacons meeting because he had the nerve to park the church van in the Doyle Hargraves Memorial Parking Space instead of the Boyd Crowder Memorial Bus Barn.

Paying too much attention to that #blessed celebrity pastor can lead to resentment and bitterness. So scale back on your social media usage and spend that time talking your youth minister off the ledge. God placed you, not your favorite celebrity pastor, in your position. Instead of coveting, start investing the resources and the position that God has #blessed you with.

Know your End Times theology.

Now that sounds good and spiritual. Except I’m not necessarily talking about your views on the tribulation. Just remember two things. First, when Jesus comes back, there will be no more tears or discouragement. Second, Jesus hasn’t come back yet.

That sounds simple enough but many ministers act as if their next church move will be the new heavens and the new earth. It won’t be. There will be problems there. And at the next church. So instead of hopping around looking for the perfect situation, rely on your perfect Savior. Yes, Jesus will come back to make all things new. But until he does, serve him in the confidence that there is more to your story than the discouragement that surrounds you. While you wait on him, lean on him.

Pastor, hang in there. You are not your latest sermon. You are not defined by the failure of some program. You are a child and a servant of the Most High God.

Be encouraged.


Pastors have a very special calling on their lives, and they need to be appreciated, cherished and encouraged as much as possible. I read an article recently that stated that many pastors are retiring or changing careers these days, because it is such a challenging and difficult job. My husband is a pastor, so I truly know and understand the challenges that he faces on a regular basis. I know the crazy schedule that he keeps and the tireless hours he works on behalf of our church family. Jesus said that he came that we might have an abundant life (John 10:10), and I know that this is true for pastors as well. So here are my 7 top Bible verses to encourage my husband and all pastors.

Isaiah 40:31 “…but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

God is the one who has called each one of us with a special purpose and career, and pastors are no exception. I chose this verse to encourage pastors, because I believe that it is important for our shepherds to know that God has their back. He knows the sacrifices that they make selflessly for the body of Christ, and so it is the Lord who will renew their strength like the eagles. And even though they work hard, and run ahead leading the church, with God’s help they will not grow weary and will not faint.

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Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

This is one of my top seven verses to encourage pastors, because the Lord is saying that it is He that is raising up and providing shepherds after his own heart. God is the one who has blessed and called pastors with the talents, skills, and heart that the Lord wants for his people. This verse also states that God is the one who gives shepherds and leaders the “food” for the sheep—in other words, He gives pastors the knowledge and understanding that they need to feed the sheep.

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

I believe that pastors get discouraged sometimes when things are tough or their sheep are struggling with various trials, so it is important for them to remember that they are working for the Lord. It is also helpful to focus on the fact that since their labor is for God, they do not work in vain. Although good seed is being planted, it can take time for the seeds to grow and thrive. It’s important for pastors to hold fast to the hope they have in the Lord, knowing that in Him, good will win out in the end. Disappointments and challenges will come, but the Lord encourages all of us, including pastors, to be steadfast and immovable no matter what.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

This is a great verse to use in encouraging pastors, because it reminds them that their work is for a greater and eternal purpose. The Lord will give a harvest if they do not give up. Colossians 3:23-24 goes along with this verse, as the apostle Paul states, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” In other words, God will reward preachers and shepherds for their work, and there will be a harvest—both in their own lives and in the lives of their sheep. It’s easy to lose sight of the goodness of God while in the midst of daily tasks and weekly commitments, but God does everything to produce more of His goodness here on the earth. The work of a pastor is surely one of those avenues that brings glory to God.

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Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

I really like this verse, because the Lord is telling all of us, including pastors, that He will supply all of our needs. Financial and spiritual challenges are quite common in churches, and it is easy to get discouraged when God’s timing for provision is different than ours. However, in His infinite abundance, God will provide for our every need according to His riches in glory. It is impossible to even imagine what God’s riches in glory entails, but this verse makes it very clear that he will provide for his people.

I Timothy 5:18 “For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer deserves his wages.’”

Pastors labor continuously for the Kingdom of God, and they are deserving of their wages. Over the years, there has often been controversy surrounding a preacher’s pay, but in this verse the Lord clearly states that a laborer is worthy of his paycheck. An ox is a hard working animal, and this verse explains that it deserves to eat some of the fruit of its labor. Likewise, a pastor deserves to receive payment for his labor as well. Like a Father, God loves to bless His children, and He yearns for those children He has called to be pastors to thrive and succeed in their finances as much as anyone else. Not only are they providing a very real service for their local body of believers and community, they are also providing spiritual nourishment and encouragement with eternal consequences.

Hebrews 13:17 “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

In the book of Ephesians 4:11, the Lord explains that he is the one who has called us to be either apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers and shepherds or pastors in his Kingdom. So I feel that this verse in Hebrews is very encouraging, because the author is reminding the sheep that they should submit to their leaders in obedience and joy. God wants our leaders to enjoy their work, as this calling is very important to the body of Christ.


Pastors are such a blessing to the church and to the Kingdom of God, and we need to pray for them and encourage them at every opportunity. Their job may seem thankless and even overwhelming sometimes, so lifting them up with words of encouragement, a note, or a small gift will go a long way in their lives. I would like to challenge you to pray about how you can encourage your pastor today, as one small act of kindness will go a long way in enhancing his or her joy and stamina on behalf of the body of Christ.

Written by Karla Hawkins

I feel blessed to be the pastor’s wife of a thriving church in northern Michigan and the mother of four amazing grown children. It is also very rewarding to be a Christian author, editor and translator for the Kingdom of God. Some of my favorite pastimes include supporting my children’s contemporary Christian band ONLY9AM, singing on the worship team at church, traveling, and connecting with family and friends via social media. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and especially with my precious three-year-old grandson.


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Our purpose is to share encouragement with you and point you to practical ways to apply what Jesus Christ has taught us through His Word that will encourage and strengthen you. Here are some scriptures about encouragement.


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I have been encouraged by God and others such as Ron and Sue Sauer, and because of that, I want to try to encourage you with the content on this website. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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Encouragement can be compared to being offered a refreshing glass of water while trudging through life’s desert. As you look through this site, you will find over 270 pages that will point you to the living water of God’s Word that can refresh you, and restore your life.

It is possible that you need encouragement for something that you have regretted doing, or you are regretting something wrong someone else did to you, or just by the way life situations sometimes unfold that are out of our control.

Keep in mind that sometimes the best way to be encouraged is to reach out to encourage others yourself. Give it a try, and you will see what I mean, believe me, it works.

God’s Word Of Encouragement: Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Up Until Now, Where Have You Found Your Encouragement?

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God has given us a free will to choose right from wrong! Then why do we still do wrong? The quick and simple answer is here in: Romans 7:19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing. We are all human.

It is true that each one of us is different, yet at the same time, we are so much alike in many ways. Addictions and bad habits can pull us down. Some people look for comfort by overeating, others by abusing alcohol or drugs, many people in our society have turned to sexual immorality, etc.

No matter what sin(s) we are lead astray with, they are all only temporary comforts us, yet they pull us away from God. God created all things, but often people like myself in the past have used them as a replacement for God, which is where the problems and heartaches most always come from in our lives.

God’s word is full of great practical wisdom and encouragement for all of us to benefit from in many different ways to help free us from any types of chains we have gotten ourselves entangles. But, when we cooperate with God, all chains can be broken.

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Unfortunately, We All Struggle With Sin!

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What is holding you back from encouragement from God?

Each one of us has our own flavor of sin to overcome, but believe me. There is hope!

If you knew me on a daily basis, you would realize that I am very far from perfect, yet God and His Word has changed my life from who I used to be (a rebellious sinner). He rescued me from my addiction to alcohol and drugs, and other sinful ways. Now closer to what who God wants me to be (still a sinner yet saved by grace, following Jesus daily).

Similarly, I know that God deeply cares about what you are going through too, our hope it to help point you to Jesus Christ through this website, to find a new life in Jesus (not religion). Allow us to help you find some answers to what you are struggling with to benefit you now and for eternity.

My Faith In God Has Helped Me; Your Faith Can Help You Too!

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We all can find our selves feeling sad or depressed, but remember that what happens when we put our hope in the Lord!

Thankfully, God miraculously changed my outlook on life, and changed me as a person, although in my life I still have problems, but, with God, I now can lean on Him for guidance through His word and with prayer.

God put wise people in my life such as Ron and Sue Sauer and Mark Mallwitz, my mom, and others, who have encouraged me through the struggles that I have had.

In my attempt to pay it forward, I too have tried to point people to God’s love via this website, so people like you can also find similar types of encouragement that I needed in the past, that you might need today. 

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We all have troubles in this life, but if you have a teachable spirit, there are many ways we can help encourage you! 

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There are many ways to help encourage others! Take a minute to discover some that you might not have considered.

  • Be kinder to those who irritate you.
  • Forgive someone who has wronged you.
  • Trust that God has a plan for your life.
  • Take better care of yourself (exercise, diet, sleep, etc.).
  • Help those in need; pray for yourself and others.
  • Look for the good in others and your situation.

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