October is known for several things. Cooler weather and the changing color of the trees. Here in Montana, it’s harvest time for sugar beets, corn crops, and at least one good snowfall to kick off the winter season.
Nationwide, October is also a month to celebrate a group of individuals who strongly impact our national culture and the spiritual health of our nation. October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It is a time when local churches, especially Adventist churches across this country, show appreciation to their pastors for the dedication, hard work, and sacrifice they and their families make to serve others and faithfully preach the word of God.
On behalf of the Montana Conference, I want to say a big thank you to all our pastors here in Montana for being devoted to their calling and for the dedication they show to share the love of God and the truth with those in their churches and communities.
This year, in particular, our team of pastors in Montana have dreamed big and implemented plans that have strengthened our churches and blessed our communities. I have been deeply impressed by their willingness to try new things “outside of the box” to reach people for Christ and show that Seventh-day Adventists care about the spiritual well-being of all people.
I encourage each church member in Montana to remember the pastors and their families in prayer each day so they may be strengthened to continue forward in the calling God has placed on them to “shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.” (Act. 20:28b)
Thank you, Pastors!
President, Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists