Magazines 2018 Mar - Apr Hooray for pastors

Hooray for pastors

03 April 2018 , 2018 Mar - Apr By Karen Stiller

Folks, being a pastor is not always a walk in a holy, blessed park. There are such wonderful, rewarding, beautiful parts to it, yes. But there are the lonely times, and how people think you are no fun, and that they have to clean up and clam up when you walk into a room.

Folks, being a pastor is not always a walk in a holy, blessed park. There are such wonderful, rewarding, beautiful parts to it, yes. But there are the lonely times, and how people think you are no fun, and that they have to clean up and clam up when you walk into a room.

Thanks to everyone who nominated their pastors!

Also, the Church is not the most popular entity in Canada today. All of that is okay, of course. No one becomes a pastor to be popular. However…we think that maybe sometimes we don’t say “Thank you!” enough, or “I appreciate you!” or, “I wish that sermon had been longer!” or especially, “Here, take $50 and get out of here and go for a nice dinner!”  And that’s exactly why Faith Todayran the recent “Send your pastor out to dinner” contest. The very best part about it was reading the kind words people sent in when they nominated their pastor. Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who nominated their pastors. Here are the winners:

Paul Olson of Burnett Fellowship Church, Maple Ridge, BC
Luke Frazier of West Meadows Baptist Church, Edmonton
Paul Hanthorn, Tetlit Zheh Christian Fellowship, NT
Brad Montsion, Fountaingate Christian Assembly, Cornwall, ON
Ralph Benson, Evangel Pentecostal Church, Gander, NL
Lincoln Vellacott, Living Faith Fellowship, 303 Dennis St, Herbert, SK
Pastor Bill and Debbie Arsenault, Faithworks Centre, North Wiltshire, PEI
Rev. Joel Coppieters, Cote des Neiges Presbyterian Church, Montreal, QC
Danny Smith, Middleton Baptist Church, Middleton, NS
Paul Smith, Kingston Peninsula Foursquare Gospel Church, NB
Brad Warkentin, Trinity Baptist Church, Winnipeg, MB

So pastors, you are loved. Even if you didn’t win a dinner gift card from Faith Today, do something nice for yourself this week. We really, really appreciate you.

Karen Stiller is a senior editor of Faith Today, and a minister’s wife too.