What wisdom have you gained about the ministry over the years?

Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out:

1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ.

2. The longer we sit in the same chair, the more ownership we take in it and the less likely we are to want to move from it.

3. If we want people to grow, we have to encourage people to change. Stability isn’t growing. It’s often the level field on the way to a period of decline.

4. Success in ministry is not always translated into success as a follower of Christ.

5. Just because they know it doesn’t mean they know how to live it—or that they actually live it.

6. Without a sense of desperation, many people will resist any change you propose.

7. Pastors are human.

8. My attitude at the beginning of a day often determines my progress and attitude at the end of the day.

9. A similar perspective that changes frowns into smiles often changes worry into a prayer, fear into faith, bad days into good.

10. More talk the talk than walk the walk. And it’s easier. And I’m guilty too at times.

What are you learning these days?

Ron Edmondson is a church planter and pastor with a heart for strategy, leadership and marketing, especially geared toward developing churches and growing and improving the kingdom of God.

For the original article, visit ronedmondson.com.

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