I know of a number of pastors over the years who have served Christ’s church quite faithfully, some for numerous years, even decades. What everyone can easily perceive is the number of years that a pastor has served. Watchful eyes in the congregation will mark the passing anniversaries and alert other members of the church that important markers are soon upon them, five, ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty, or forty years. Thoughtful congregations want to mark these anniversaries and do so with celebrations, plaques, or even special gifts.
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Dr. Fesko presently serves at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS) as Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He has served in church planting, pastoral ministry, and teaching for more than twenty years. Views expressed here are his own.