“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15 KJV)
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Depending on your denomination, you may be more familiar with terms like Minister, Priest, or Father. In fact, the term “pastor” may only appear a handful of times in your translation of the Bible. So who, exactly, are we appreciating this month?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “pastor” comes from “pascere,” meaning to put to pasture, to feed. Whenever we translate a word in the Bible as “pastor,” the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek word (New Testament) literally means “shepherd.” The word is referring to someone who leads their group to a figurative pasture so they can feed.
That’s exactly what our pastors do! They spend the week mining the depths of the Bible, sitting by sick beds, and tending to the needs of the community. Then they present us with lessons from Scripture that we consume and that give us nourishment. Our pastors also encourage us to mine the Word for ourselves so we might grow closer to the Lord every day.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NAS)
Through the end of October, we at Transformed by His Grace Coffee Shop & Christian Gifts would like to extend our gratitude to all the pastors who watch over our community. If you pastor a flock in Tallahassee or the surrounding area, we invite you to bring in a church bulletin for a free coffee. It’s our way of saying thanks for all you do!
If you’re looking for a special gift of appreciation for your pastor, come see us at Transformed. We have several items that any pastor would love, especially the Mugs with a Message. Each of these mugs start out black but transform into a beautiful picture when filled with hot liquid.
The Scripture on the Fishers of Men Mug is Mark 1:18 KJV: “And straightway they forsook their nets and followed him.”
The Spanish version of the Still Waters Mug even uses the word pastor: “El Señor es mi Pastor” from Psalm 23.