Since 2015, we have been celebrating the wonderful things God is doing through Australian ministries, and thanking the hard workers who help make them happen! From clergy families through to large Christian organisations, Ministry Appreciation Week recognises and celebrates every community and their ministry each year.

Q: When is Ministry Appreciation Week?
A: Third week of October each year across Australia. This year, Ministry Appreciation Week
is from the 15th to the 21st of October.

Q: How did Ministry Appreciation Week start?
A: Inspired by clergy appreciation month in America, Ministry Appreciation Week began with a few handwritten notes and thank you chocolates! It's now an annual event with events, activities and celebrations around Australia. We'd love to hear how you and your ministry community celebrate another year of ministry together!

Q: How do I get involved?

A: We host a range of online activities and events throughout the week and would love to see you there! To see what's happening, stay in touch via Facebook or visit this page in August.

Celebrate wherever you are around Australia in your own way! We'd love to learn more about your ministry and community. Please share your celebrations with us by email or share a photo on social media with the hashtag #celebratingministry.

Looking for inspiration? Here's some of our favourite ways to celebrate:

* Laughs & BBQs: Bring your ministry community together for some laughs and sausages to celebrate your year of ministry together

* Send a note of encouragement to the lecturers and registrars at your theological college

* Give a gift or lend a hand to your church leaders and their family during the week to say thanks for their ministry

* Write an email of thanks to Christian organisations who encourage you each week through Facebook, the radio, magazines, or newsletters

* Shout your work team the next round of coffees to say thanks for another great year together!

* Pay for a day's parking for chaplains who care for people in hospitals, prisons, or schools

* Send a thank you email to Christian aid or missionary organisations
who support local and international communities from here in Australia

* Drop in some chocolates to the staff who keep the books and admin running smoothly

* Enjoy a game of backyard cricket and drinks with the lay leaders or volunteers who run ministries every week at church

* Post a thankyou note or gift to your regional leader or denominational office who supported you throughout the year

* Treat yourself to some time away or a favourite treat during the week

God is doing amazing things through Australian ministries! We hope you enjoy celebrating this Ministry Appreciation Week.