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Clergy Appreciation Month Marks Years of Ministry to Pastors

Clergy Appreciation Month serves as a time for church members to find creative, helpful ways to lift up their pastors and show them they are loved, valued and needed

September 10, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colo – Clergy Appreciation Month (CAM) celebrates its 17th year at Focus on the Family next month. This year, a struggling economy is putting more demands on pastors than ever before. Individuals and congregations are encouraged to use CAM as an opportunity to offer support and appreciation to their pastors and church leaders in the midst of trying times.

Today's pastors accomplish invaluable work within their churches and communities. But they often face very real hardships in their own families, financial situations and daily responsibilities. A recent Focus survey of over 2,000 pastors showed that the majority of respondents work over 50 hours per week and have difficulty building close, accountable relationships. In light of this, Clergy Appreciation Month serves as a time for church members to find creative, helpful ways to lift up their pastors and show them they are loved, valued and needed. Focus on the Family's Church and Clergy division works year-round to do the same.

To support this effort, Focus on the Family has released the daily devotional, Pause, Recharge, Refresh. Authored by H.B. London, Focus' vice president of Church and Clergy, the book is an encouraging resource for pastors facing the daily pressures and challenges of church leadership. It contains 365 brief devotionals covering a variety of topics pertinent to everyday happenings within a pastor's ministry.

"Pause, Recharge, Refresh was written from my many years of experience as a pastor, and as a 'pastor to pastors'," said London. "Its goal is to encourage and affirm each Christian leader who might open the book, and challenge them to a renewed dedication to their assignment, making the most of each day-to-day opportunity."

If you would like to learn more about Clergy Appreciation Month, Pause, Recharge, Refresh or download a free planning guide for honoring your pastor in October, visit www.ClergyAppreciation.org.

For interviews, contact Sara Woodard at 719-268-4890 or sara.woodard@fotf.org.

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