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Pastor Appreciation Day – Candlewood Church

Pastor Appreciation Day is an annual celebration on the second Sunday in October. This year, it falls on October 11, 2020. 


Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13


At Candlewood Church in Omaha, NE we are blessed to have five pastors

  • Gary Osborn
  • Rory Whitney
  • Steve Kane
  • Trevor Van Schooneveld 
  • Xavier Rodriguez 


This year, celebrate the hard work of each pastor at Candlewood Church.



Recognizing Our Pastors 


The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 

1 Timothy 5:17


It is easy to take our pastors for granted. Pastors are sometimes the most underserved in the body of Christ because we can assume that they are all smooth sailing with their needs met. Do you know your pastors’ needs? Is there a way you can individually or as a small group encourage them and their families? It has never been a better time to do so. This Pastor Appreciation Day, let’s give back to them, not only on this day, but let’s make a habit to appreciate them.


Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. 

Hebrews 13:17


Our pastors are entrusted to watch over the church. They preach, counsel, serve, pray, encourage, evangelize and much more! Let’s encourage them as much as they encourage us! 


How Can You Show Your Appreciation? 


In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. 

1 Corinthians 9:14


What can you do to encourage the pastors of Candlewood Church?

  • Pray for their protection, passion and wisdom in leading the church where God is leading and their continued development 
  • Support your pastors
  • Thank them with an in person compliment or a note of appreciation
  • Say kind words about your pastors to others
  • Help meet their needs 
  • Be present and attentive to sermons


We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 

1 Thessalonians 1:2 


We are truly blessed that the Lord has provided such talented and gifted individuals as our pastors to cast vision and serve the church. 


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The Character of Our Pastors


We are thankful to have such God fearing pastors at Candlewood, who bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 


Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 

1 Timothy 3:1-7


The pastors of Candlewood Church faithfully serve and seek God’s wisdom and guidance for our church. May God bless our pastors!


Connect With Candlewood Church


Learn more about our pastors here. If you have any questions about our pastors or Candlewood Church, please connect with us today.

1 Comment
  • Carol Taylor
    Posted at 7:34 pm, October 5, 2020

    I am so thankful for our leaders and there spouses and how they are there for all of us i enjoy each sermon and how welcome they make everyone feel God Bless these men and keep them strong in there faith Amen

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