Clergy Appreciation Month

October is National Clergy Appreciation Month


  • Clergy Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (Oct. 9, 2016), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month.
  • Some 77% of Americans identify as Christian, according to Gallup research conducted in December 2012.
  • About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012)
  • Hallmark first offered Clergy Appreciation cards in 2002.

2016 Product Features

  • Hallmark offers 24 Ministry/Clergy Appreciation cards to uplift and encourage those serving religious communities. Cards are available in stores and online with prices starting at $1.99.
  • The cards express appreciation for a variety of recipients, including minister, minister and wife, pastor, pastor and wife, youth pastor, couple in ministry, and priest.
  • Messages range in tone from warm and supportive to lighthearted and humorous.
  • Hallmark's Ministry Appreciation cards are created by its subsidiary, DaySpring Cards, a Christian greeting card company based in Siloam Springs, Ark. also offers premium Ministry Appreciation cards online, as well as Ministry Appreciation eCards, available with a subscription.

Holiday History

The celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.

In Stores & Online

Available at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide, online at and, and wherever Hallmark and DaySpring products are sold.


Fun Fact

From the mid-1930s through the 1950s, J.C. Hall approved every single Hallmark card, giving his official thumbs up by writing "OK JC" on the back.