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10 Random Things to Know About Pastors—or at Least This One

I’ve learned pastors are often misunderstood. Especially by people who haven’t known a pastor personally, but we can really be misunderstood by many people. It’s surely a unique vocation. I can’t speak for all pastors. And certainly—maybe since I was in secular work longer than I’ve been a pastor—I’m not typical.

But I suspect I’m not completely abnormal either.

Here are 10 random things to know about pastors.

These are true for me, but I suspect they may be for your pastor too.

The temptations you face—I face. I’m not immune to temptation. I’m human. You shouldn’t be surprised when I make mistakes. I need lots of grace. I should be held accountable, but ultimately I’m accountable to God—just as you are.

The larger the church gets—the less I know about anything. But this can be true of any church size where other people are empowered to lead. Ask me anything. I may or may not have an answer. Sometimes, however, you save both of us time if you email the staff or volunteer leader more likely to know—but I can always forward an email.

The better the message—the longer it takes me to prepare it. There are rare exceptions to this for me. If I am going to have a descent message I will have to take time away from other responsibilities to prepare. This could mean I’m not everywhere you hoped I would be.

Even though I’m teaching it—I may not yet have mastered it. Hopefully I’m working on it, but I teach the whole counsel of God—the Bible—and I’m still a work in progress in many areas of it.

I get nervous every time I start to preach—sometimes sick to my stomach nervous. If you didn’t notice—well, glad I’m getting better at covering. But you do me a tremendous blessing if you whisper a prayer as I step up to preach.

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.