There is no greater honor than to serve the Kingdom of God. It’s no wonder many of us get stuck when it comes to ministry appreciation gift ideas.
If you have served in ministry, then you know, the amount of love hours that are sown each week. And when we’re in the trenches of serving, it’s easy to get caught up in the routine of it all.
This doesn’t just go for those serving. No. Those who are being served, can overlook acknowledging those who serve.
Whether you’re working in the workplace or serving in the church, people want to know they’re appreciated and that they’re doing a good job.
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to encourage one another. However, encouraging one another doesn’t stop at those coming to church to hear the word by the Pastor.
Encouraging one another includes those who serve the Body of Christ as well. And although October is ministry appreciation month, we should develop a lifestyle of encouraging one another.
“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMPC)
Our hearts will naturally encourage and show appreciation when we understand that those who serve in ministry don’t necessarily have the time to serve; they have a heart to serve.
And with that revelation, it will make gift giving so much easier. If you’re still stuck, we have some simple ways you can show appreciation to those who use their gifts to serve the Body of Christ.
Ministry Appreciation Gift Ideas
The most important thing you can do for those who serve in ministry, is to pray. Pray that they keep their zeal in serving, and for God to give them a supernatural measure of grace; to do all that He has called them to do.
Ask God to multiply their time, and help them to live a balanced life so that they don’t neglect their first ministry; which is God and their family.
“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”~ Romans 12:11 (AMPC)
These cards from DaySpring are perfect to send year round to people you have prayed for. Personally, we keep several packs of these on hand!
It’s one thing to tell someone you will pray for them. It’s another to actually pray AND let them know you’ve prayed!
This might sound like a double standard when we’re talking about acknowledging those who serve. However, most volunteers get burnt out because they’re stretched too thin from serving in areas others aren’t willing to serve.
Many hands make light work! When others raise their hand to serve, it alleviates the burden from those who are serving in multiple ministries.
“For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, 5 So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].”
~ Romans 12:4-5 (AMPC)
When everyone puts their hand to the plow, it paves the way to serve with a joyful heart.
3. Sow Words of Encouragement
In our opinion, this is one of the most effective ways to show appreciation to those in ministry. By taking a few minutes to communicate your appreciation, it will do more for them than you can imagine.
“That is, that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”~ Romans 1:12 (AMPC)
When we sow countless hours in ministry and begin to feel weary, then suddenly someone tells us that the message we preached blessed them; that strengthens and encourages us to keep going.
When we send a love note or a card, encouraging someone who God placed on our hearts, and they tell us we don’t know what that did for them; that helps us to continue following God.
Don’t let postage, or time, stand in the way of encouraging others. If your heart is in your giving, God is unwilling to abandon a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). God will provide you with the resources you need, including eCards!
4. Provide A Meal
Providing a meal, whether delivering a meal that was ordered, or preparing a home cooked meal, is not only a blessing to their tummy, but a time saver!
Many servants sow personal time that takes time away from their families. Something as simple as providing a meal, gives them a break from cooking, and gives them more time with their family.
Often times those in ministry have children, and their time is stretched between family and work obligations.
The thought of finding time for a date night or time to their self is often overlooked due to finances or not having a babysitter.
By offering to baby-sit for FREE, will bless them more than you know!
6. Give A Gift
Many servants volunteer their time, and they’re not looking to receive anything in return. However it would be a great blessing to sow into them personally for for their work in ministry.
We know that gift-giving can be a challenge for some, because they don’t know what to give, not sure what the recipient needs, or one may feel limited because they can’t afford to do much.
Well, the good news is, we have a few gift ideas that will be a great blessing!
Ministry Appreciation Gift Ideas
Coffee Gift Card: Those who serve are often operating with limited time. A nice cup of tea or coffee on the run is perfect. Be sure to include a note that says thanks a latte for all you do!
Grocery Gift Card: This is a great way to sow back into their personal needs since they sow personal time and resources into the ministry. You could include a note that says God will provide bread for your food and seed to sow!
Stationary With Their Name On It: Many Pastors, or Teachers in the ministry send notes to their leaders and / or congregation, so this make a generic gift very personal.
Gift Card To A Restaurant Or Movie: Simple, but effective gift that allows ministry leaders to take time for themselves, and / or with their spouse.
Financial Gift: This is probably the most uncomfortable for many. Trust us, we get it. However, God has shown us that this is scriptural. And sometimes blessing those who preach and teach, with a financial gift is appropriate.
“Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate [financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:17 (AMPC)
Whatever God places on your heart to show appreciation towards those who serve in ministry we want to encourage you to keep it simple. Don’t let the thought of gift giving overwhelm you.
In fact, we have a practical and creative gift idea- hand lotion with this adorable gift tag that says thank you for being the hands of Jesus!
This gift is perfect for any ministry volunteers that serve in; women’s ministry, children ministry, greeters, etc. You can download the gift tags from our community library or by filling out the form below.
Need More Ministry Appreciation Gift Ideas?
Looking for more ministry appreciation gift ideas? Check out free tools and tips in DaySpring’s #ReturnTheBlessing campaign. This page is filled with resources, including; free eCards, and creative ways to show your appreciation and more.
In The End
For those who serve in ministry, we want to leave you with a word of encouragement.Whether someone acknowledges you or not, resist the temptation to grow weary in your serving.
God is mindful of your service to Him. And He will not overlook what you have done for His kingdom. It would be nice to be acknowledged, or have others show appreciation for what you do in ministry; however, we serve unto the Lord and not unto man.
Many of us, we may not see our rewards until we get to Heaven, which is greater than any gift here on earth!
“For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name’s sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do.”~ Hebrews 6:10 (AMPC)
Do you have other ministry appreciation gift ideas? If so, comment below. We make gift giving to our volunteers a priority in our church, and we’re always looking for creative gift giving ideas.
PS. Don’t forget to download your gift tags from our community library or by filling out the form below.
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~ André and Timberley