8 Best Gifts for Pastors (2021)
Are you looking for a way to show appreciation to your pastor? One of the best ways is by giving them a gift. But, it’s not so easy picking out gifts for pastors.
They always receive the same gifts...
And… baked goods.
It’s not that Bibles, commentaries, or cookies are bad.
But, the problem is every pastor’s office is overflowing with these items. It’s tough on their bookshelf (and their waistline!).
That’s why we created this guide.
Rather than picking up the same old gift for your pastor…
Why not get them a gift that’s going to mean something to them?
Whether you need a Christmas gift for your pastor…
Or, you want to be prepared for Pastor Appreciation Day...
You’ll want to check out our list of the best gifts for pastors below.
Let’s dive right in.
Best Gifts for Pastors
Need some gift ideas for pastor appreciation?
If your pastor cherishes God’s Word, but you don’t want to add another Bible or commentary to his stockpile, you may want to consider Scripture Art.
Gifting Christian wall art is a beautiful way you can draw your loved ones closer to Jesus... especially if they have a heart for God’s Word.
Here are some of the best gifts for pastors.
1. Gold Illuminated Fingerprint
This is a special gold foil edition of God’s fingerprint, and each line includes one handwritten verse from every book of the Bible.
The design starts on the bottom with Genesis 1:1 (In the beginning..) and finishes with “Hallelujah!” in Revelation. Your pastor will find great joy and encouragement in the gold foil artwork printed on fine paper and the shimmering gold foil that illuminates each word of Scripture.
This unique ‘God’s fingerprint’ artwork is also available in several other editions.
2. Soar on Wings
This watercolor painting of a soaring bald eagle is a visual reminder of Isaiah 40:31: “Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
This gallery-quality Giclée art print features the eagle along with the printed text of Isaiah 40:31—one of the most powerful promises in all of Scripture. This artwork is a perfect reminder for pastors to remember the benefits of trusting in God.
3. Trees of Faith
The Bible is filled with illustrations from nature. This gorgeous “Trees of Faith” bundle features four original artworks with watercolor illustrations with trees and an accompanying verse. It includes the following individual prints:
Oak of Righteousness (Isaiah 61:3)
Flourishing Olive (Psalm 52:8)
These visual displays of verses about nature may be the perfect blessing to your pastor. Reminding him of God’s beauty and majesty, this bundle will encourage him for the day ahead. Plus, he can choose to frame all four together or place each one in different rooms.
4. Live Upon the Word
This fine art print features the wisdom of Charles Spurgeon: “The word of God is always most precious to the man who lives most upon it.”
The accompanying artwork features a watercolor illustration of a house built upon God’s Word. This professional, high-quality artwork makes for a great gift for any pastor whose life is built on the Word.
5. Lamp to My Feet
This artwork is one of the best gifts for Pastors who love God’s Word. This watercolor illustration highlights the illuminating quality of Scripture. It’s a great reminder of how essential the Bible is for every believer. This is especially true for pastors, who examine the Word daily to feed themselves and God’s flock.
This painting was inspired by the Bible verse Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” It features a watercolor illustration of a lamp in the darkness. God’s Word is a lamp to our feet that lights the path of truth in a world of darkness.
6. Fishers of Men
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” This art print is a visual reminder of Jesus’ promise to equip us to make disciples throughout the world. It’s a meaningful gift for any “fisher of men” in your life.
This artwork features an illustration of a school of fish surrounding these powerful truths from Jesus. It’s sure to help remind your pastor of what Jesus came to do and to encourage him in his role to fulfill Jesus’ instructions.
7. Perfect Peace
Isaiah 26:3 promises God will “keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on you, because they trust in you.”
And this art print is the perfect gift for pastors who have gone through a storm and need encouragement. It’s a visual reminder of God’s perfect peace amidst the storms of life.
This artwork was created during a very stormy season as a form of prayer. As the wind and waves tumble amidst your pastor, this artwork can help to keep his eyes focused on the Lord.
8. Season for Everything
This fine art print features this verse accompanied by a watercolor illustration of the different phases of the moon. This beautiful artwork can act as a reminder to your pastor that while the seasons are always changing, God never changes. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. He’s always faithful. Always good. And His timing is perfect. He has a purpose for your pastor in every season.
From the God’s fingerprints family...
This is a piece of art! Beautiful! Gorgeous and breathtaking! It is so comforting to be able look up and see God's Word! This was a gift for our Pastor and He loved it!
– EILEEN A.
“Pastor loved it!”
I was looking for a unique gift for the Pastor at the church I attend. He absolutely loved it! He got emotional as he read each verse and was so overwhelmed with the gift! He mentioned he couldn’t wait to hang it up in his office. Highly recommend for anyone!
– JESSICA H.
“Love this so much”
I bought one for our house and loved it so much we bought one for our Pastor and his wife! They loved it too!!! Thank you!!!
– MARYANN S.
Why It’s Important to Show Appreciation to Pastors
The pastor’s role is often a stressful one. As members of the church, it can be tempting to think all they do is give a good sermon on Sunday.
The truth is, being a pastor is a full-time job. In fact, it’s often more than a full-time job as many pastors work “overtime” every week.
According to Soul Shepherding, 90% of pastors work 55-75 hours per week on average.
Not only do pastors put countless hours into sermon preparation... But they’re often the first ones to visit sick members, counsel weary congregants, and crunch away at the not-so-fun administrative duties.
Not to mention… They’re always ready to counsel and support their congregation on a whim—even if it means being available for a phone call at 2 am.
It’s important to show appreciation to our pastors as they’re often underappreciated for their service of love.
After all is said and done, pastors are usually the most exhausted, overworked, and overwhelmed members of the church body.
We have to remember that they’re human too.
Not only do they often work the hardest, but their position leaves them more prone to criticism. It’s important to show appreciation to our pastors as they’re often underappreciated for their service of love.
Pastor Appreciation Day
There’s no better time to get a gift for your pastor than on Pastor Appreciation Day.
You might be wondering… “When is Pastor Appreciation Day, exactly?”
Well, the date isn’t always the same. The day always falls on the second Sunday of October every year. In 2021, Pastor Appreciation Day is on October 10.
It’s usually best to order a gift for your pastor by mid-September to ensure it arrives on time.
But, if you miss the date, don’t worry.
Pastor Appreciation Day falls within Pastor Appreciation Month—a whole month dedicated to honoring your pastor. Pastor Appreciation Month spans all of October every year. This gives you a bit more time to get a gift. Plus, it’s always nice to spread out the love throughout the month.
You could even give your pastor a gift as a group. At your next small group or Bible study, you could collaborate on ways to bless your pastor together.
Organizing a group gift with other church members is a great way to show your pastor support from the congregation.
Most people want to help in the church, but often don’t know where to start. Organizing a group gift with other church members is a great way to show your pastor support from the congregation.
Gifts for Pastors’ Wives
Pastors’ wives are the unsung heroes within the church body.
Often behind the scenes, most pastors’ wives are working just as hard. Not only are they typically the first source of counsel on sermons… But, they’re also usually running households while serving as a source of strength and leadership within the congregation.
Pastors’ wives typically receive little praise for their unique strength within the body of Christ… And this is all while embodying Proverbs 31.
Don’t forget to pick up a meaningful gift for your pastor’s wife to show her your appreciation as well.
Here are a few of the best gifts for pastors’ wives:
Rose Gold Illuminated Fingerprint
Similar to the Gold Illuminated Fingerprint, this fine art print is a special gold foil edition of God’s fingerprint—in rose gold.
Featuring one verse from every book of the Bible, this fingerprint artwork is a great option if you’re looking for gifts for pastors’ wives. It’s one of the most popular options for the living room and dining room, as it’s a great conversation piece. And, each line includes one handwritten verse from every book of the Bible.
Clothed in Love
This fine art print matched with Colossians 3:12 is a great encouragement gift for any pastor’s wife who embodies the fruits of the Spirit to remind them they are clothed in Christ.
Joy of the Lord is My Strength
Pastors’ wives often carry just as much of a burden for their church congregation as pastors. While they’re seen as a source of strength to the church, the truth is they need encouragement just as much as any other church member.
This fine art print acts as a great reminder for pastor’s wives that our strength doesn’t come from our circumstances, but from our savior. The joy that He gives us is just what we need to strengthen us throughout the day.
Bible Verses About Pastor Appreciation
Purchasing a gift for your pastor?
If you really want to make him feel special, remember to include a card where you can encourage your pastor from God’s Word.
Here are some encouraging Bible verses about pastor appreciation you can include with your gift:
1 Corinthians 15:58
1 Peter 5:2-4“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Psalm 119:130“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
Isaiah 55:10-1“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what i desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
The Greatest Gift for Pastors
Most pastors battle with discouragement because ministry is beyond difficult.
While seen as pillars of strength, they’re often the ones who need support. Most pastors work beyond a typical 9 to 5 to support their congregation, often leaving them weary and burdened.
Sometimes all we need is an encouraging word to keep going. In fact, that’s often the greatest gift you can give your pastor. It means more than you think to let them know how they’ve specifically made a difference in your life.
It’s important to show pastors gratitude for their dedicated service to the Kingdom and the church body.
These unique gifts for pastors can go a long way in showing your pastor the appreciation they deserve.
When choosing gifts for pastors, you can either make your gift, buy one, or send him a card…
Regardless of what you decide, any appreciation shown to your pastor makes a difference.
Sometimes all we need is an encouraging word to keep going.
It means more than you think to let them know how they’ve specifically made a difference in your life.
Whether it’s for their birthday, Pastor Appreciation Day, or Christmas… Remember to let your pastor know how thankful you are for them and their heart for God.
Want some more gift ideas? Check out our complete collection of Scripture Art.