How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Minister


Ministers do a lot of work for their church and for the community; they perform marriages and baptisms, they help with charitable events and they offer spiritual guidance to those who need it. Sometimes people take their ministers for granted because these duties are part of their job. However, like anyone else, ministers enjoy a few words of thanks from those they have helped. A simple thank you letter will remind him that his work is appreciated.

  • Select a high-quality stationary. Many thank you letters are framed and hung as a reminder of their service, so make yours look as attractive as possible.

  • Decide whether you would like to type or handwrite your letter. Formal thank you letters written after a special event are usually typed, whereas informal thank your coming from an individual or a family are handwritten to provide a warm, personal touch.

  • Type your address, followed by a space if you have opted to type your letter. Then, type the full date. Skip a line and type the minister's name and title and her address on separate lines. If you are handwriting the letter, simply write the date and omit the addresses; these are not necessary on an informal letter.

  • Type or write "Dear Mr. (Minister's last name)," followed by a colon (for a formal letter) or a comma (for an informal letter).

  • Start the letter by thanking the minister directly and sincerely. Tell her what you are thanking her for specifically, and express appreciation. This section should not be larger than one paragraph; keep the thank you direct and simple.

  • Close the letter by typing "Sincerely," and skip three line spaces. Type your full name. If you are writing the thank you as a representative of an organization that the minister helped, type your title under your name. Print the letter and sign your name above the typed name. If you are handwriting the letter, write "Sincerely," skip a line, and sign your name.

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