Pastor Appreciation Day

Celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October, a non-official holiday called Pastor Appreciation Day is observed. Sometimes referred to as Clergy Appreciation Day, this holiday takes place during Pastor Appreciation Month and honors the contributions of priests, pastors, reverends, and ministers in the U.S.

History of Pastor Appreciation Day

Pastor Appreciation Day originated with the establishment of Clergy Appreciation Month. In 1 Timothy 5:17, Paul initiated the concept of clergy appreciation when he stated that the elders of the church are worthy of double honor.

He reiterated this idea in 1 Thessalonians 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 evolved into Clergy Appreciation Month in 1992, established by pastors and religious workers. Eventually, Pastor Appreciation Day emerged from 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 a handwritten note to their pastor. 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 past year, or you can simply give a heartfelt thanks. Of course, one of the most important ways to show you care is by ensuring that you attend the service on this day and pay attention to the sermon.


Pastor Appreciation Day is the perfect occasion to show your pastor, priest, or minister just how much you appreciate their efforts and to offer encouragement to continue the good work.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 13 Sunday
Next year (2025)
October 12 Sunday
Last year (2023)
October 8 Sunday
Appreciation & Honor