Ron Edmondson

16 Often Unknown Roles of a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

This post is more real to me today than it was during my 16 years as a pastor. Pastor, have you ever heard? What is it you have to do when you’re not preaching? Must be nice to only work one day a week. I’d like to come see you this afternoon.

21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing

Ron Edmondson

I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some change recommendations a man pulled me aside and said, “ Son, we don’t need no fancy ideas around here. We like being a small church.

3 Inexpensive Ways to Develop as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I was meeting with a young pastor who wants to grow as a leader. He lives in small town. He is young, but his staff is even younger. There are not a lot of seasoned leaders in his church – or at least not that he has discovered. (I

The Structured Removal of Faith

Ron Edmondson

This is an opinion post. In fact, this is an opinion blog. Unless I’m quoting Scripture you can dismiss everything I write as one person’s opinion. But this is an opinion post about a problem I’ve seen. . It’s a problem I see in churches.

Catch Phrases Heard On the Way to the Finish Line

Ron Edmondson

I try to exercise as often as possible. My current travel schedule makes it more difficult to do everyday, but I know for my personal health and well-being exercise is an important part of life and leadership. Before knee problems, I was an avid runner.

A Meeting No Leader Likes to Have, But Should Always Consider Having

Ron Edmondson

Years ago a very successful business mentor of mine gave me a vital tip about a necessary meeting all leaders should consider. Unfortunately, since I received this advice, I have had to use it several times through. It’s never easy. You don’t ever want to have this meeting. Trust me.

7 Hard Paradigms I Had to Learn to be Effective as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

One of the hardest parts of leading for me has been the things I’ve had to learn or do which may have been contrary to the way I would have naturally done them – or wanted to do them. For example, I like to be in control of my surroundings.

For the Pastor Who May Be Suffering From Burnout

Ron Edmondson

Pastor burnout is a common problem in the church today. I hear from pastors on a regular basis facing the stress of ministry. One thing I am pushing us to address at Leadership Network is this issue of burnout; including the more severe issues of mental health and depression.

10 Ways High Character Leaders Lead – How to Identify One

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to know if a leader has high character? You simply have to observe them long enough. We demonstrate whom we really are by what we really do. Leaders with character can easily be identified. I’m sure there are others, but let me share a few suggestions to spot good character in leaders. Here are 10 ways high character leaders lead: The way they win. Leaders with character win without belittling others for losing.

7 Unspoken, Unseen Leadership Traits That Make Leaders Great

Ron Edmondson

There are parts of leadership you won’t read on a job description when they are telling you about the place you will work. There are traits of a leader which are unseen – often unknown.

Leadership Advice: Develop Where You Are

Ron Edmondson

I’ve seen so many potentially great leaders waste opportunities because they were waiting for the perfect scenario before they began to develop as a leader.

7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

Ron Edmondson

Christian are called to walk by faith. Of course, this includes Christian leaders. A part of our calling in leadership means we won’t always know what the future holds, but we steadfastly follow God’s leadership. I must be honest.

4 Reminders in Times of Betrayal

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a pastor who had been betrayed by someone in his church. He told him a secret in confidence and soon learned the friend had shared it with another, who, of course, shared it with another – who shared it with another – and you know the rest of this story.

7 Paradigms Needed for Church Growth

Ron Edmondson

I speak with churches often who want to grow and they contact me wanting for suggestions. It is very often a vision problem. The church actually has the clearest and best defined vision of anyone.

7 Criteria to Realize Genuine Organizational Change

Ron Edmondson

In my observation, many leaders want change and know they need to lead for change, but they haven’t been able to actually produce change. I think there are reasons for this. The process of change isn’t easy. And, it doesn’t happen overnight. Some leaders move too fast.

7 Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately

Ron Edmondson

I’ve often wished I could say something to every leader. Some things I’ve learned the hard way. I often share things leadership should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do. Some things to quit.

Two Types of Creative’s That Bring Success to a Team

Ron Edmondson

There are two types of creatives I love to have on teams I lead. Sometimes I think we recognize the first one, but fail to appreciate the second type. Creative at shaping the vision. These people help us see where we need to go in the future. They are thought leaders and trend setters.

How I Made the Transition from the Corporate World To Ministry World

Ron Edmondson

It’s probably the question I get asked most often. I got it last week from a man who is a practicing CPA and a successful entrepreneur, but feels something is missing in his life.

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Making Decisions versus Finding Solutions

Ron Edmondson

I worked with a pastor on a leadership issue once, which was causing harm to the church. The pastor wanted me to help him think through how to address the issue. It was a personnel issue, which is always the hardest. He was a fairly new pastor.

7 Suggestions for Navigating Change When Standing in Muddy Water

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever navigated change through muddy water? What I mean is have you ever had to lead change when no one knew for sure what change was needed? Or have you had to lead change when there wasn’t clear agreement on where the organization needs to go?

A Bird Party: The Perfect Remedy for Worry or Fear

Ron Edmondson

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26). I have a history with birds!

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Sound, Biblical Advice for Stressed, Stretched, Overwhelmed Leaders

Ron Edmondson

There must have been a time when Moses was overwhelmed with responsibility. He may not have recognized it at the time, but if he wasn’t careful he would soon face burnout.

The Power of a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Dear Leader, You’ve been granted authority. You have real influence. People trust you. Therefore: Your words are powerful. Choose them wisely. People look to you for direction. Take them to noble places. Your suggestions are taken seriously. Don’t make them lightly.

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Why Hospitality Is A Leader’s Secret Weapon

Ron Edmondson

You and I should be hospitable leaders. I know hospitality isn’t something you’ve commonly associated with definitions of leadership, but it’s critical to our effectiveness that we begin to do so.

5 Suggestions for Experiencing More Joy at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. Luke 2:10-11. As I read the Scriptures, the ability to have joy is a gift.

10 Ways to Process the Emotions of Christmas Loss

Ron Edmondson

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, “ it’s the most wonderful time of the year “ But, for some people, Christmas can be a miserable time.

5 Steps When Changes Needed Seem Overwhelming

Ron Edmondson

The first couple years into church revitalization there were more opportunities than time. I was so excited about the potential we had to restore a historic, established church, but my calendar wouldn’t hold anymore and my mind was exploding.

Making Changes in an Established Church

Ron Edmondson

In the established church change can be more difficult to make than in a church plant. I’ve done both and I’m speaking from experience.

Common Reactions When Growth in an Organization Slows

Ron Edmondson

A young pastor was battling the leadership of the church to make changes. He felt part of his call to the church was to make changes, but every change he suggested the leadership of the church resisted. All his efforts to help the church grow again were meet with opposition.

7 Reasons I Need to Regularly Exercise as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I used to be a runner. I had some knee issues and had to have a partial replacement over a years ago, which has kept me from running as I normally would. Since then, I have tried to substitute the time with other workouts.

Sometimes It’s Not a Systems Problem – Identifying the Real Issue

Ron Edmondson

In one of my first vocational leadership roles, I managed a large retail division of a major department store. The division had several departments within it and each department had a separate department manager. Most of the departments were efficient, profitable, and easy to manage. One department, however, continued to fall behind the others. It was frustrating, because I couldn’t seem to get them to improve. I was young and inexperienced, so I innocently thought the problem was me.

7 Leadership Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

I don’t know in the last twenty years or so if I’ve missed a year watching the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” Certainly it is one of my favorites and a part of my Christmas tradition. One reason I think so many are drawn to this movie is that it is more than a feel good story. We love movies with happy endings, but this one teaches us things about life. There are tremendous lessons for all of us. I previously wrote “ 10 Life Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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7 Vital Steps Prior to Implementing Major Change

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor and leader, I am continually dealing with change. Everyday. Change is a part of life – for all of us. Some change occurs without us doing anything. In my context, we adjust our Easter calendar every year – without much thought of whether we will or not.

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I am an introvert. Some people can question whether they are or not. I don’t. I’m certified in Myers Briggs, so I know the language well. I’ve studied the concept, but it didn’t require much study or an assessment for me. I know I’m in the club.

7 Tough, But Smart Leadership Decisions

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is tough. And the toughest part always involves people. It is interesting, however, in my experience, how often the toughest decision is the smartest decision. It’s the choice we know we need to make, but it’s the hardest one to make. Every leader I know wants to be liked.

When You Doubt Yourself as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Have you been having moments of doubt about your current leadership situation? It could be a season or just a passing thought, but something inside you says you don’t have what it takes. It’s not unusual. Every leader goes through it at some point.

Protectors and Advancers – Two Necessary Team Members

Ron Edmondson

I was meeting with a successful entrepreneur recently. He said something I found interesting and it caused me to further reflect. Side note: These kind of comments are why I always have something with me with which to take notes when I meet with people.). The business leader told me in his business all their employees are either protectors or advancers. He said protectors are usually found in HR, legal or accounting departments. They “protect” the organization.

25 Leadership Nuggets

Ron Edmondson

Here are 25 nuggets of leadership I’ve learned over the years – many of them the hard way: Very few things have to be done today. When we rush too fast we make needless mistakes. The more a leader says “I”, the less the team will feel “we”.

Writing a Simple Life Plan, Part 2

Ron Edmondson

This is part of a series of posts to help you develop a life plan. I hear people talk every year about resolutions — some make them — some don’t. Some hate them — some don’t — most don’t.

Advice for the A-Type Leader with a Million Good Ideas

Ron Edmondson

I received an email from a great young business leader recently asking for some advice. He’s a first time leader in charge of a major department. This will be a great career position for him if he does well. He’s so excited. His small team is getting to know him and learning to trust him.

5 Times Change is Hardest to Lead

Ron Edmondson

Change is hard – almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. And, it’s then where leadership is tested most, tensions mount and people are more likely to object. In my experience, if a leader knows these times it helps prepare to approach the change. Change is necessary.

5 Ways to Effectively Change an Established Culture

Ron Edmondson

A few weeks ago I had the chance to share at the online Culture Conference, hosted by my friends at Generis and Vanderbloemen. I was asked to share my thoughts on effectively changing an establiblished culture.

7 Ways We Frustrate Fellow Team Members

Ron Edmondson

With every team or organization I have led there have been people who get frustrated with someone else on the team. In full disclosure, sometimes others have been frustrated with me. Frustration is common among relationships.

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