Ideas for giving tribute to a pastor include having members of the congregation write individual letters that are presented collectively or purchasing an ad in the local newspaper to honor the pastor. Artistically talented congregants can create a video presentation that includes highlights of the pastor's ministry.
Other tribute ideas include sending the pastor and his family on a vacation, purchasing religious commentaries or other study materials, or updating the pastor's office. Meaningful tributes focus on the pastor's personality, needs and favorite things. Congregations might consider planning a week's worth of small daily surprises for the pastor, or showering the pastor with his favorite homemade treats, gift cards for stores and restaurants, and hobby supplies.