Pastor Appreciation Day

Celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October falls a nonofficial holiday called Pastor Appreciation Day. Sometimes called Clergy Appreciation Day, this holiday occurs during Pastor Appreciation Month and celebrates the contributions of priests, pastors, reverends and ministers in the U.S.

History of Pastor Appreciation Day

Pastor Appreciation Day began with the establishment of Clergy Appreciation Month. In Timothy 1 (5:17), Paul began the concept of clergy appreciation when he stated that the elders of the church are worthy of double honor. He reiterated this idea in Thessalonians 1 (5: 12-13) when he stated that those who work hard among you should be held in the highest regard for their work. This idea became Clergy Appreciation Month in 1992, established by pastors and religious workers. Eventually, Pastor Appreciation Day would form out of this month.

Fun Religious Facts

  • 50% of all Christians are Roman Catholics
  • There are 800 Million Protestant Christians worldwide
  • 160 million of the planet’s Christians are Orthodox
  • Almost 80 million Bibles are distributed all over the world each year

Celebrating Pastor Appreciation Day

You can celebrate the hard work of your pastor in a number of different ways. Each member of the congregation can deliver the pastor a handwritten note; a “Best Pastor in the World” T-shirt can be given to one; you can create a video presentation made of pictures of the pastor in action over the last year, or you can simply give one a heartfelt thanks. Of course, one of the most important ways to show you care is by assuring that you attend the service on this day and pay attention to the sermon.


Pastor Appreciation Day is the perfect holiday to show your pastor, priest or minister just how good of a job one is doing and to give one encouragement to keep up the good work.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 8 Sunday
Next year (2024)
October 13 Sunday
Last year (2022)
October 9 Sunday
Appreciation & Honor