The website My-Pastor.com contains over a dozen pastor appreciation poems by a range of poets. These poems of various lengths, speak of the writerﾒs gratitude toward his or her pastor or similar religious leader.
On My-Pastor.com, Judy Crowe's poem "God's Instrument" highlights how God uses pastors in the congregants' daily lives. She also contributed "Only As Good As," "A Country Church of Long Ago," "A Message From God," and "Our Pastor." Patricia Bankhead wrote "Lord, Help My Pastor," which asks for help with the burdens and obstacles a pastor faces. Daniel Sherman wrote "Please Understand Me" and "Our Shepherd," which is adapted from Psalm 23. A handful of other poems of pastoral appreciation are also included.
A pastor is a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation. The word "pastor" means ﾓshepherd,ﾔ and, throughout the Bible, a common metaphor for spiritual leadership was that of a shepherd, or a person who tends to Godﾒs flock. Jesus used this metaphor to describe himself as one who leads, protects, comforts and corrects,. Today, a pastor's key responsibilities include teaching and providing for the spiritual needs of his congregation. Pastors are often the ones to whom a congregant turns in times of crisis, spiritual or otherwise; they also generally function as decision-makers, managers of church affairs and leaders.