7 Things the Church Can’t Do for the Pastor

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Pastor, there are some things your church can’t do for you.

They simply can’t.

Please understand. I love the church. Greatly. I’m a local church guy. But, they simply can’t do these things for you.

And, if you think they can, or you leave it up to them to do these things, […] Continue Reading…

10 Reasons to Consider Church Revitalization — Even Over Church Planting

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I meet with young church planters frequently. I hope that continues. We had great experiences in two successful church plants and it’s certainly in my heart. Currently we are working to plant churches in Chicago. I love the energy of planting. We need lots of new churches.

In this […] Continue Reading…

Actions Speak Louder than Words: A Sermon

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In the series Love Helps, I shared a message about the importance of actions building oneness.
I shared four actions to help build oneness:

Be fully present.
Control your calendar.
Guard against interruptions.
Make intentional investments in relationships.

Love Helps – Actions from ron edmondson on Vimeo.

An Exponential Interview about Church Revitalization

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Tom Cheyney and I will be hosting a pre-conference Revitalization lab at Exponential East this year entitled: Finding New Life for an Old Church. Tom and I were talking recently and we both agreed — we are surprised more pastors are not considering revitalization. In addition to church planting, […] Continue Reading…

My Top 7 Goals to Accomplish on Easter Sunday/Weekend

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Easter. It’s a time of year when churches have an opportunity second only to Christmas in attracting visitors. Hopefully all of God’s churches will be packed Easter Sunday. That’s my prayer.

We’ve had months of praying, planning and preparing. We’ve done all we can do, but God is ultimately in […] Continue Reading…

Encouragement to Take a Leap of Faith and Continue the Journey

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God looked into Gideon’s heart and saw that he needed some encouragement for the task ahead. Gideon had already agreed to obey God. He had kept the three hundred men God had ordained for battle and sent the rest of the men home. Still, God must have seen fear in his heart, so God allowed Gideon to hear something, which gave him encouragement. […] Continue Reading…

5 Reasons a Church or Organization Stops Growing

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I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer.

I decided to share my quick answer here.

There are times where God is giving a season of rest and preparation or, in some situations, even taken His hand from the church. Outside the God factor, there are usually reasons for stagnation in an organization, including in a church. In fact, these may be true in the life of a person become stagnant also.

In my experience, the reasons are for getting stuck and halting growth include: […] Continue Reading…