Christians believe that all members of the church are called by God into a specific position within the church. A lay pastor is someone who's felt a calling to lead ministry groups, pray daily for the church and its members, participate in outreach efforts and work closely with his superiors to provide functionality within the church. When a lay pastor has a birthday, it's a perfect opportunity to show him appreciation for his hard work and commitment.
Lay pastors work with senior pastors, district leaders, the local church board and officers and the members of the church, among others. Day in and day out, lay pastors take time to fulfill the duties given to them by senior members of the church, lead ministry groups and participate in community outreach. Collect memories from each of the lay pastor's colleagues and design a birthday party around these memories. Put them into a scrapbook. Have each colleague give a short speech about her favorite memory working with the lay pastor. Put together a picture slide show and show it on a projector screen. Remind the lay pastor why she enjoys working with the church on her special day.
Lay pastors lead a ministry -- whether it be the youth ministry, teen ministry, adult ministry, women's ministry or another specialized population of the church. The members of the ministry led by the lay pastor can get together and recall their favorite Bible study. Members brainstorm the lessons each of them learned at this study, including the long-term impact it will have on each of their lives. This birthday theme will assure the lay pastor that his students have been paying attention to his ministry and that his hard work is paying off for other members of the church.
Several verses in the Bible invite members of the church to show appreciation to their pastors, both lay and superior. The My Pastor website brings attention to Timothy 5:17, which says, "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love." Alternatively, Hebrews 13:7 says, "Remember your leaders who first taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and trust the Lord as they do." Have each party guest look through the Bible and choose their favorite passage honoring those who labor to spread the word of God, such as lay pastors. Guests can put this passage into a card, a speech, a mural, a collage or another piece of art and present it to the pastor.
Lay pastors spend much of their time organizing and participating in outreach with other members of the church. If a lay pastor has undergone a particularly meaningful project, thank him for doing so at his birthday party. Collect birthday and thank you cards from the people whose lives the pastor's outreach affected. Put together a slide show presentation, a poster board or a scrapbook of the outreach project. Gather statistics or other results from your pastor's outreach work and update her on how the project has thrived in the long run. This birthday theme will bring light to the pastor's accomplishments and inspire others to get involved.
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