October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when congregants let their pastors know they appreciate their spiritual nurture and care.
At the same time, it’s a good opportunity for clergy to appreciate the gifts God has given them — and to check in with, and care for, themselves. After all, you cannot serve others effectively if you are not in good spiritual, physical, financial, and vocational health yourself.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
— 1 Cor 3:16
Consider: Have you completed Call to Health this year? Accepted an invitation to CREDO or attended Well-Being Retreat? Participated in a seminar or webinar through Board University? Made healthy contributions to your Retirement Savings Plan account to invest in your financial future?
These programs and others provided through the Board of Pensions all focus on a single aspect or multiple dimensions of well-being. Together, they offer tools and resources to achieve wholeness, so you can bring your best gifts to ministry — and to every dimension of your life.
So, as church members thank you for all you do, let those expressions of appreciation serve as a reminder of your gifts — and the need to maintain those gifts through meaningful self-care.