Showing appreciation to a pastor, or to any person, depends on the individual involved. Many pastors find their greatest reward is the positive impact they have on their parishioners. However, if a parishioner wants to give a gift, she first should try to determine some of the pastors likes and dislikes or find out what the church needs.
Thank you cards and phone calls are a good way to express thanks to a pastor for the guidance and support he offers each day. Inviting him and his family to lunch or for a fun outing, such as a picnic or day at the beach, is a friendly gesture that he almost certainly would appreciate, as well. A group of parishioners also might choose to form a prayer group to pray for the pastor each week, or to make a donation to his favorite charity in his name. Volunteering to help out at the ministry is another way to show appreciation for the pastor and the church, as is respecting his personal time off.
If a concrete gift of appreciation seems appropriate, a group of parishioners could pool their resources and donate an item or service that the church needs. Repaving the church parking lot, buying plants for the garden, or even painting the pastor's home are a few good ideas.