Ron Edmondson: 4 of My Proudest Memories of Being a Pastor

This month I transitioned into a new role with a nonprofit organization called Leadership Network. In another post, when I understand it more myself, I plan to share more about what I will be doing. In short, we support pastors and the church. Our goal is to help with innovation, leadership development and best practices in the church. It’s an amazing opportunity.

This new position will be very full-time, so I will no longer be a full-time pastor. I came into ministry later in life, after a long business career. It’s amazing, however, when I realize I was a pastor for 16 years. It seemed to pass so quickly.

We had growth, renewal, staff and cultural health and community engagement. We made all the recognition “lists.” Looking back at four churches later (two revitalizations and two plants), God was incredibly graceful to us.

Considering everything we experienced in 16 years, there are a few things that I’m most proud to have experienced. And, they may not be the things I would have expected in the beginning.

Here are four of my proudest memories of being a pastor:

My wife is still my best friend—in life and ministry.

Cheryl is just as committed to me—and our ministry—as when we started. She placed a pillow in “my chair,” which says “Where you go I go.” People continually asked me through the transition process where Cheryl was in all this—and, it was easy to say she is as committed as I am.

I know many pastor spouses who checked out, because they had been burned by ministry. We worked hard to protect our marriage, our hearts and our joint commitment to ministry.

Both my boys love Jesus—and the church!

And, have felt their own call to ministry. One son works behind the scenes, supporting the church in his profession. He is active in his local church. He is consistently sharing worship songs or sermon messages with me that have inspired him. The other son works in the church and was on our staff. He’s passionate about sharing God’s word.

I came into vocational ministry later in life, so the ministry isn’t the only world my boys know. But, they witnessed firsthand the struggles of church planting and the difficulty of church revitalization. I know so many pastors who have children that grew up to resent the church. I’m thankful my boys stayed firm in their faith. We worked at this too. We didn’t hide things from them, we let them participate with us, and we allowed them to choose how they would express their faith within the church.

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Source: Church Leaders