Come Before Winter: Teacher and Worker Appreciation

“Do your best to get here before winter.” (II Timothy 4:21a NIV)

Clarence Edward McCartney was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg, PA. He preached a sermon on this passage, and the church was so moved emotionally they asked him to preach it every year. He did preach it once every year for 37 years. His premise was simple. Paul wanted Timothy to come see him before winter, because he knew that he may be executed soon. Did Timothy make it? We don’t know. Clarence imagined that he did not go right away. He waited and handled some of the pressing issues in his life. When he made it in the Spring, it was too late! What are you putting off? For the sake of this blog, I want to talk to SS Directors and teachers of Bible study about the present and not putting things off. Here are a few thoughts:

SS Directors and Staff: Show appreciation to your Bible study leaders and other workers now. Don’t assume class members or others are thanking these valued workers! Take time to thank them in the following ways:

Send a “thank you” note once a quarter.

Send birthday cards.

Minister to teachers and workers in times of crisis/concern in their families.

Have an appreciation dinner at least once a year. You can use a regular Wednesday night meal to start this one off, if you have one. Just add balloons and a simple gift bag of appreciation for teachers as you honor them. If you want to take it to the next level for an appreciation, have a special dinner and invite someone like myself to come and share words of inspiration.

Recognize teachers in your church newsletter or worship bulletin.

If a church member has a second home on the lake or another place to get away, ask if you can use it once a month for an overnight stay. You may be able to give this place to a teacher and their family once a month for an overnight getaway. I have done so in a previous church!

Teachers need to take time to thank others who assist them now.

Send a “thank you” note to other workers in your class- Secretary, Outreach Leader, Care-group Leaders…etc.

Send birthday cards.

Minister to the workers in times of need.

For more ideas contact me at Don’t wait to thank and show love/care to your volunteers in Bible study/small groups. Do it now.

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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