Pastor Retirement Quotes and Plaque Wording Ideas

When it comes to expressing your heartfelt thanks and wishing your pastor a happy retirement, there's nothing like the written word. Pastor retirement congratulations message ideas, a line or two of pastor retirement scriptures or poems, or a simple, heartfelt message, you can choose whatever moves you and best suits .

The examples below would be perfect farewell messages to send blessing for a retiring pastor who has given their careers in service to God. You could also pen these pastor retirement messages, quotes, scriptures and notes in a card to go with a gift, or even engrave in a beautiful Pastor Retirement Plaque to wish your retiring pastor all the best starting new chapter of the life.

Pastor Retirement quote and message

God Bless You


We recognize your twenty five years of
priestly ministry service to the Lord,
your friendship and the difference
you have made in the lives of so many
as Preacher, Elder, Teacher, Counselor,
surely you will always be remembered. 

Now, as the day dawns on the
next chapter in your life,
May Lord’s blessings be upon you
as you follow in His way,
May you find joy and peace
as He inspires you everyday.

With Great Affection and Gratitude
From Your Church Family

Honoring Our Beloved Pastor Upon His Retirement!

A heartfelt pastor retirement message and a well-chosen pastor retirement quote are wonderful ways to honor a retiring pastor and wish him a joy and peace retirement life.

Pastor Retirement Appreciation Wording Idea

To Our Pastor

You have served the Lord and our Church
with gladness – tirelessly, faithfully, and
with great compassion for your flock.

You have planted seeds of hope & love
in our lives and truly made a difference.
You have shown hospitality to all and
given encouragement to many. 

Now, as the story which is your life
opens to its next chapter, May the God
of Grace richly bless and watch over you,
May the God of Peace grant you peace always
and May the God of Abundant Joy shower you daily. 

“‘I know what I am planning for you,’ 
says the Lord. ‘I have plans to
give you hope and a good future.’” 
~ Jeremiah 29:11

Happy Pastoral Anniversary & Retirement

Send your appreciation and best wishes to retiring priest with the scripture from the book of Jeremiah, a perfect way to say farewell to your retiring priest who has devoted so much of his life serving the God.

UMC Pastor Retirement Scriptures and Quotes

To The Reverend Doctor
On Your Retirement

Our Beloved Pastor, Teacher and Friend

With God’s loving Spirit you filled our sails and
steered our way, as you lived out Christ’s teachings:
“Let the children come to me, for to such belongs the
realm of Heaven... Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
shall be called the children of God... As you did it to the
least of my beloved ones, you have done it to me.” 

May God continue to bless and watch over you.
You will always be “Part of the Family.”

Presented with great love and appreciation
from your congregation!

Happy Retirement! Prayers & Blessings!

Say goodbye to your beloved Pastor upon his retirement with well-chosen pastor retirement scripture and quote.

Blessing Notes for a Departing priest

Many Blessings!

To Our Beloved Pastor

As our shepherd, we thank God
for the deep compassion, dedication
and generosity you have shared
with your flock for over the last 15 years. 

We are sorry that you are
leaving this congregation.
We will always remember you.

May God bless and keep you 
safely in His arms as you take up
the new appointment and continue
your work of faith at the new church.

With Love & Gratitude From
Your Church Family

Blessing your pastor who is retiring with these pastor appreciation messages, quotes and best wishes.

Congratulations message and Verses for Retiring priest

Congratulations On Your Retirement

Rejoice with you on this special occasion as you celebrate
your retirement.  May the Lord bless you and keep you,
fill your life with His joy and sustain you by His grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, 
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 
not of works, lest anyone should boast. 
Bible Scripture - Ephesians 2: 8-9

Your beloved pastor and congregation leader is getting ready to retire? Wish him well and send him an unique personalized retirement gifts with special retirement congratulations scripture and message.

Happy Retirement Pastor! sample message and wording ideas

To Our Beloved Pastor

We wish you a happy retirement 
with sincere appreciation for 
your faithful service, your friendship
and the difference you have made
in the lives of so many.
You will always be remembered.

Now, as you start the next chapter of your life,
rejoice in your accomplishments with a future
filled with blessings of good health, the joy of good friends,
a loving family, and the contentment of a job well done!

With Great Affection and Gratitude
The Pastor, Elders, Officers and Members

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"Journey of life" Pastor Retirement Thank Your Message with Bible Verse

Journey Of Life


A Very Special Sonspor

You have remained constant in your pursuit
of God and to honor Him in all you do and in
what He has entrusted to you.

Seeing you walk out the call of God on your life
with such conviction has taught me so much,
and your spirit of excellence is inspiring.

Thank you for your leadership and
leading by example!

“I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with
joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the
first day until now, being confident of this, that He
who began a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 1:3-6

"I thank my God every time I remember you" – Wish your retiring priest a peaceful and joyous journey with this pastor retirement scripture form the book of Philippians

Appreciation message and scriptures for retiring minister

Presented with
Love and Appreciation to

Our Beloved Reverend

“I will appoint over you shepherds after
my own heart, who will shepherd you
wisely and prudently.”
Bible Scripture... Jeremiah 3:15

Congratulations on your retirement!
As you “ride off into the sunset”, know that
we are eternally grateful for your steadfast
love and devotion to God’s word and
to our St. Raphael Parish community.

Thank you for the banquet you fed His sheep!!

Vivat Jesus!!

This unique pastor retirement gift plaque is a perfect way to preserve your appreciation and congratulation scriptures and messages for your retiring priest who has given his career in service to God.

Religious wording idea and scripture for retiring minister

To A Very Special Reverend On Your Retirement

In Recognition Of the difference
you’ve made in the lives of so many
as Pastor, Teacher and Friend

And for the dedication and commitment
with which you have dispersed your duties as Pastor

With great gratitude and affection

For by grace you have been saved through faith, 
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 
not of works, lest anyone should boast. 
Bible Scripture - Ephesians 2: 8-9

A special pastor retirement plaque with heartfelt recognition message and retirement scripture to recognize your retiring minister's role as a good shepherd and wish him/her best for all the joy a happy retirement brings.