October is Clergy Appreciation Month and the perfect opportunity to recognize, pray for and encourage your pastor. But maybe you feel your pastor isn't doing the job and the church is suffering. Maybe you feel your pastor should resign and leave the church. You respect the pastor and you wouldn't want to do any harm, but you struggle with showing appreciation for his ministry. How do you handle something like that?

Perhaps the following article found in a church bulletin can help. It's titled, "How To Get Rid of a Pastor." It instructs you should first look your pastor straight in the eye while he's preaching and say "Amen!" once and a while, and he'll probably preach himself to death. Second, you should try patting him on the back and bragging on his good points, which will probably result in his working himself to death. Third, rededicate your life to Christ and ask the preacher for some job, preferably some lost person you could win to Christ, and he'll likely die of heart failure. Fourth, get the church to unite in prayer for the pastor and he'll soon become so effective that some larger church will come and take him off your hands.

You may not feel like stomping and cheering in support of your pastor. It may be you don't realize how spiritually strategic his work is to your life, the church and the community. Maybe you are unrealistically expecting him to be something other than human. Whatever the case, his position is worthy of "double honor." It should be reverenced because it is a high calling of God. And it should be esteemed because to honor God's man is to honor Him!

Rev. Mark H. Creech (calact@aol.com) is the executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc. (ChristianActionLeague.net), based in Raleigh.