October... Pastor Appreciation

It’s October, and for most folks that signals a bunch of things in our minds...... Fall, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween, Changing Leaves and more! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I LOVE IT!. But, for me October holds a more meaningful significance. October is “Pastor Appreciation Month”.

As a pastor, I feel like it is crucial to have a pastor. It is important that I have pastors in my life that help me grow, mature and challenge me to follow Jesus with greater passion. I cannot imagine life without the pastors that influence me and invest in me. I am so very thankful for them. So, I wanted to take a few moments and honor those pastors and say thanks!

My dad! You got that right... My dad, Robbie Robison, is the main pastor who has influenced me. He has invested in me everyday of my life. He has modeled for me what it means to be a leader, a lover of people, a servant, a determined way-maker and to passionately pursue my calling. My dad has taught me what it really means to pastor and lead people. Thanks dad! 

Mark Alt, pastor of The Bridge Church in Bradenton, Florida. Mark has been my boss, from early days in youth ministry, to my friend today. Mark has helped me grow and mature through so many stages of life and ministry. Mark has seen me in my best moments and my worst! And, the reason I love Mark so much, is this.... No matter what, Mark believes in God’s call in my life and speaks to that calling in me. I deeply love and respect Mark as a pastor, leader, man and friend. 

Ted Haggard, pastor of St. James Church in Colorado Springs. Ted has been a good friend and influence in my life. He has taught me how to love people with no regard for the mess of life. Ted has taught me how to lead a vision and be a general on the front lines. And, Ted has challenged me to more deeply seek Jesus. Ted has a deep passion to pray and be in God’s Word. Ted has a sincere and DEEP love of people. I am a better leader and better student of God’s grace because of Ted. 

I could list a million guys... A few more that have invested in me and influenced me are Perry Noble, Rick Warren, Jimmie Davidson, Zak White, Eric Dykstra, Rob Ketterling, Joe Champion, Greg Surratt, Jud Wilhite, Chad Hunt, Chris Elrod, Michael Cheshire and Larry Brey. Pastors, I honor you and love you! Thanks for investing in me with your time, resources, talents and more. I am a better man, father, husband, pastor and lover of Jesus because of you guys!

Who are the pastors who have influenced you? Which pastors have invested in you? Please Share!!!!