Pastoral anniversaries are often marked with celebrations called Pastor Appreciation Days. Before these celebrations take place, preparations are made. You'll need to create a festive environment to make your pastor and his family feel appreciated.


Woman writing with marker

Make a big banner to hang that expresses how your congregation feels about the pastor. It might say, "Thanks" or "We appreciate you".

Photo Montage

Various black and white photographs in pile on table

On a wall in the room the celebration will be held, post a photo montage of the past year. This should include pictures of people the pastor has helped or fun events that took place at your church.

Money Trees

Dollar tree

Place an small undecorated Christmas tree on a table and encourage people to pin money to the tree. You could decorate the tree with crosses and Christmas lights. After the event give the money to the pastor as a gift.



For decorative centerpieces use fiber-optic crosses that light up and change colors. You can buy some that run on batteries and won't require plugging in to electrical outlets.


Blue and white party balloons

Make balloon cascades by tying balloon strings together and attaching them to centerpieces or decorative balloon anchors. You could also make a brightly colored balloon arch for the pastor to walk under as he enters the celebration.