KBHW looking to salute area pastors

“October is Clergy Appreciation Month,” noted Peggy Gustafson of KBHW in International Falls, adding the Christian radio station once again will present an opportunity to send one pastor on a vacation.
And they need you to do it.
During October, KBHW will be accepting nominations for the award. Simply write a letter to KBHW, attn: “Send my pastor on a vacation,” that outlines why you should like to see your pastor receive this gift.
Be sure to include the name of your pastor, the church he/she is currently serving, and the address and phone number of the church, as well as your name, address, and phone number.
Only one entry per household, with the deadline being Oct. 30. Then be listening Nov. 2 when KBHW announces the winner.
The good news is that we can make a difference! Clergy appreciation month is an attempt to counter the negative erosion in the lives of our spiritual leaders with positive affirmation.
Congregations also can plan their own appreciation celebration to say to those in ministry that they are national treasurers.
All pastors and their families try to please the God who called them to ministry while also trying to meet the expectations of their congregations.
One result is dangerous stress. In fact, 75 percent of pastors surveyed reported experiencing a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry, and 90 percent work more than 46 hours a week.
Then, of course, there is the fish bowl aspect of ministry whereby the entire lives of pastoral families seem to be on public display. This anxiety can only be heightened when financial pressures also come to bear, which is common since pastors typically make 20-30 percent less each year than their own church board members and deacons.
Nearly 70 percent of pastoral spouses work outside the home, most often due to financial need.
No one would choose to live under these conditions unless they felt obliged to a higher, divine directive. And yet, all too often, these are exactly the conditions under which pastoral families serve.
They really do deserve our appreciation.