52 Ways: #37

52ways[1]Buy tickets for a movie, local sporting event, or concer

Now that summer is winding down our thoughts turn to college football (Go Razorbacks!), the start of professional football, or the upcoming World Series – if you’re a sports fan, that is.  New movies are opening every weekend through December 31st in order to be in the running for the Academy Awards.  Concert venues that have been dark for the summer are ramping up before the holiday season.  In short, there are lots of fun activities taking place right now and in the next few months.

Depending on your pastor’s preference, why not invite him (or her) along to cheer the local college team?  If you know she loves theatre, check out the upcoming offerings and order a couple of tickets.  There are so many ways that you can bless your pastor (and spouse!) with tickets to an event.  Fall is a great time to do it because there is a short window of time before holiday preparations take over and everyone is too busy to add one more outing to their calendar.  Beat the holiday rush and make plans now.

When the Yankees played the Padres in the 1998 World Series my husband was the grateful recipient of an extra ticket; as a Yankees fan he had a blast (sorry Padres fans, it was pretty brutal).  Similarly, a friend, who happens to be a more-than-rabid Seahawks fan, was given a trip to watch the Seahawks play the Broncos at the 2014 Super Bowl.  He was ecstatic (before and especially after the game) to say the least.

While these are extreme examples, as I wouldn’t expect anyone to feel obligated to buy World Series or Super Bowl tickets, you get the idea.  Buying your pastor tickets to a game, show, or local art exhibit is a nice gesture, supposing your pastor actually likes any of those things.  You’ll have to do your homework.

Don’t limit yourself to end of summer/early fall activities though.  Find out what types of activities your pastor(s) enjoys and see if you can make something happen at a later date.  Not all activities require spending money.  There are often free concerts, movie nights, gallery openings, etc.  Ask questions, then be creative.  Make it a double date with the pastor and his/her spouse.  Don’t forget the kids!  There are lots of fall activities that your families can do together.

As with most of these 52 Ways we just want you to take the time to get to know your pastor on a deeper level by spending time with him/her doing activities that he/she really enjoys.  If you belong to a mega church and know there is no chance of spending quality time with the lead/teaching pastor, don’t worry about it.  There are still tons of people at those mega churches in a pastoral/leadership position that you can get to know personally.  It isn’t just the guy up front that we want you to care for; we think that everyone in church leadership positions should be cared for in thoughtful ways.  So, put on your thinking caps and let your creative juices flow.  If you do, we’d love to hear some of your stories and creative ideas.

*I recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry.  I try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun.  The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse.  I hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.

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