I Timothy 5:17, I Thessalonians 1:2-3, and I Thessalonians 5:12-13 are among the many verses in the Bible that are suited for pastors’ anniversaries at their churches. While these verses emphasise pastors’ benefits to the congregation, it is equally appropriate to recite verses that praise God for providing leaders and role models. These verses can be incorporated into a worship service in a straightforward manner, or they might be incorporated into a larger, distinct celebration.
Not many churches celebrate their pastors’ anniversaries annually with the congregation, but when a significant anniversary rolls around, expressing gratitude to the pastor and thanking God for him can be a moment of unity for both pastor and church. Spending a few moments to read scripture, express gratitude, and pray for the pastor is likely to be therapeutic and uplifting. It is frequently sadly uncommon for a congregation to thank a pastor for his service.
Ephesians 4:11–12, II Timothy 4:2, and I Corinthians 9:14 provide additional references to the pastor’s duty in the local church. The relationship between the pastor and the congregation is discussed in Hebrews 13:17, Romans 15:15-16, Jeremiah 3:15, and Ephesians 2:19-20, among others.