Ron Edmondson

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.

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”.

7 Words for Leaders Who Worry

Ron Edmondson

The title is confusing, isn’t it? It seems to assume some leaders worry and some don’t. The truth is, however, most leaders will have occasions of worry. Worry is an emotion – and, often far more powerful than principles of leadership are the emotions of leadership.

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.

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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.

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 to Stretch Yourself as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Those who succeed in the future workplace must be innovative. Adaptable. Able to change quickly. You knew that, right? It’s not an option these days. It’s mandatory just to keep up with the pace of change.

7 Life-Giving Statements Everyone Needs to Hear

Ron Edmondson

Words are powerful. As leaders, the words we use make a difference. A huge difference. In my post about life-giving statements Jesus made , I shared some things Jesus said, which can encourage us today. As we seek to be like Him, we have an opportunity within our influence to be people-builders; speaking life-giving words to those we are attempting to lead. For good and bad, my life has been greatly shaped by words shared with me. I once had a pastor say, “Ron, you’re a giant killer!”

7 Bad Decisions Leaders Make When In Decline or Plateau

Ron Edmondson

I talk to churches every week, which are in decline or plateau. Apparently, according to some statistics, this represents about 75-80% of churches. I’m thankful to have served in churches and business in fast growth mode.

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25 People You Should Say Thank You To Today

Ron Edmondson

Thankfulness is a virtue we often ignore. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world we forget to thank people who have helped us the most. Then there are people who simply need thanking to help them feel better about their own situation. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

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7 Examples of Shallow Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Growing in our leadership abilities, including growing in the knowledge of leadership and the relational aspect of leadership, should be a goal for every leader. Sadly, in my experiencee, many leaders settle for a sort of status quo leadership rather than stretching themselves to continually improve.

7 Attributes of Pastors Who Succeed at Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

I have had success in two church revitalization efforts as pastor. In between, I’ve been a part of two successful church plants. Even more, I’ve worked with dozens of pastors in church revitalization and church planting. Along the way, God has blessed us.

25 Questions for a Prospective New Pastor to Ask a Church

Ron Edmondson

I have been asked frequently for questions a prospective pastor can ask a church. There are lots of resources for churches who are interviewing their next pastor, but I personally believe the pastor needs to equally interview the church.

7 Reasons I Disliked Email Criticism as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor, I grew to dislike email criticism. And, I used dislike, but hate might even be the right word. I grew to hate email criticism. I was talking to a young and new leader recently. He had received a scathing email from someone. It was one of his first. And it was a doozy. Hard hitting.

My Philosophy on Staff Members Serving Outside Church

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor, I had a strong conviction about staff members in regards to one way they should spend their time. I often encouraged our staff to volunteer somewhere in our community.

4 Guarantees of New Leadership

Ron Edmondson

As I thought about this post, I tried to remember the number of times I’ve been the “new” leader. I think I counted about 15 times. This includes being in the corporate world with multiple promotions, owning a couple of businesses, pastoring 4 churches, and now serving at Leadership Network.

10 Things I Learned Leading a Church in Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

This is a longer post than I sometimes have, but I want to share some things I learned in helping revive a church. I shared these many times in conferences, but I haven’t yet shared them here on my blog in this form.

10 Defining Words of a Stellar Leader

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is abuzz these days. Everyone is talking about it. I’m not the only blog – and certainly not the best blog, which primarily addresses leadership.

How to Increase Church Staff Without Spending a Dime

Ron Edmondson

Pastor, I suspect if you are in a growing church you and your staff feel stretched to accomplish all there is to do.

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A Sobering Thanksgiving Reflection

Ron Edmondson

About this time of year, we reflect on those things for which we are thankful. It’s a great practice. When we were raising our boys we carved out time during the holidays to share each of our own “Top 10 Thankful List” for the year. We probably should do the practice more often.

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7 Reminders when Pastors Disappoint Us

Ron Edmondson

We have all been devastated at the news of fallen pastors. Someone we loved and trusted disappointed us. They had a moral failure. They crossed boundaries they should never cross. They mislead us. They injured the church.

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7 Leadership Tips Guaranteed to Help Every Leader

Ron Edmondson

I have a heart for leaders; especially church leaders. I’d love to help others learn from my experience, including my mistakes. In fact, investing in other leaders is a huge motivation for this blog and a lot of my ministry.

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10 Questions to Assess the Health of a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

I work with a lot of church leaders. One thing I’ve discovered, if they let me get close enough inside their real world, is that many are hurting. They are facing burnout. They are tired.

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7 Suggestions for Pastors and Spouses to Find True Friends

Ron Edmondson

People talk. People gossip. People love to share what they hear. That’s true about what they hear from a pastor too. If the pastor talks about his personal life, shares a concern – heaven forbid shares a sin or weakness – people talk.

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7 Hard, but Hopefully Helpful Words for Pastors

Ron Edmondson

This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is the amount of time I spent in the business world is greater than the time I have been in ministry. It has given me a unique perspective.

7 Attributes of a Mature Leader

Ron Edmondson

The best leaders I know don’t have all the answers. They haven’t got everything figured out yet. Most wouldn’t even consider themselves “experts” in the field of leadership. (I I certainly don’t consider myself to be one.)

Tips for Leading Older, and Often Wiser, People

Ron Edmondson

In my first management position, I was a 19 year-old college sophomore working full-time and leading a small staff of four people in the men’s clothing area of a major department store. I was placed in the position almost by default, because the previous manager left unexpectedly.

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7 Ways I Protected My Family Life as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

If a pastor is not careful, the weight of everyone else’s problems will take precedence over the issues and concerns of the pastor’s immediate family. I see it frequently among pastors I encounter.

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7 Reasons The Introvert Isn’t Talking in Team Meetings

Ron Edmondson

Ever wonder why the introvert on your team isn’t talking? Occasionally I will hear another leader complain about someone on their team who the leader feels doesn’t contribute as much as others. She’s too quiet.” “I I wish he would speak up more.” “He

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4 Ways I Discern Saying No to Good Opportunites

Ron Edmondson

Age and maturity has helped me better discern what I can do and should do based on my strengths, weaknesses, passions and dreams. It’s freeing when we become more certain in who God has wired us to be and who He has not.

7 Ways To Having The Best Thanksgiving Ever

Ron Edmondson

Want a guaranteed better Thanksgiving? Perhaps even the best Thanksgiving ever? I actually believe Thanksgiving may be one of the most “Christian” holidays we can celebrate. As followers of Christ, we are to give thanks always – and in every situation. We have reason to be thankful continually. This world, as it is today, is not our permanent home. We are going to live forever – in a perfect place – with our perfect God.

7 Qualities of an Easy to Follow Leader

Ron Edmondson

Are you easy to follow as a leader? I might ask – are you followable? Followable may not be a Scrabble approved word – or even a word, but the application and the intent of the word is huge. A followable leader has people who want to follow. See how elementary I can be?

12 Words of Encouragement for Pastors (Or Other Leaders)

Ron Edmondson

I love pastors. Through this blog and my personal ministry, God has allowed me to partner with dozens of pastors, helping them think through life and ministry issues.

7 Ways to Create Unity in a Church

Ron Edmondson

I once consulted with a church struggling to move forward. The pastor had been there a couple years, had a great vision and was supported by most everyone, there were adequate resources, the community needed a healthy church (as all do), but they never could get any traction.

7 Easy Ways to Support Your Pastor this Sunday

Ron Edmondson

In 16 years as a pastor, I learned two things well. First, Sunday mornings are a stressful time for pastors. Second, most people who attend church love their church – and love their pastor.

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7 Characteristics of a Wise Leader

Ron Edmondson

I write and speak a lot about leadership. I know lots of good leaders. In fact, I work with many good leaders. I hope some would even say I have days where I meet the standard – whatever the standard is. I also write and speak a good deal about wisdom.

5 Words which Can Keep a Church From Growing

Ron Edmondson

I’ve spent more than 15 years studying church growth – and church decline. I am frequently asked, especially by pastors in declining churches, what keeps a church from growing – what causes a church to decline.

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7 Ways Extroverts Can Better Engage Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I write a lot about introversion, because I’m an introvert. I released my book The Mythical Leader in 2017. One of the parts I receive the most positive feedback on is the part I write about introverts.

5 Steps to Improve Every Relationship in Your Life

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to improve the relationships of your life? Tremendously improve them. Every. Single. Whether in business, ministry, marriage or friendships – whether you are a leader or serve on a team – if you improve in one area, every relationship of your life will improve. Guaranteed.

7 Reasons People Are Not Leading Who Could Be

Ron Edmondson

Every church I know needs leaders. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…” I’m convinced, based on other Scripture, some of those workers should be leaders of other workers.

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10 Prayers of a Christian Leader

Ron Edmondson

A leader’s most effective tool may be prayer. For the Christian leader, especially, prayer should be critical to how we lead. I’m 54 and I’ve not mastered this yet – even though I know how powerful prayer is for the believer.

5 Shared Characteristics Needed to do Church Planting or Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

Church planting is a difficult, but rewarding assignment in ministry. So is church revitalization. In 16 years as a pastor I was blessed to participate in two of each – two church plants and two revitalizations.

The WHAT Test – A Simple Strategy to Think Through Level of Commitment

Ron Edmondson

The WHAT Test. Over the years, I have found numerous uses for this simple strategy of thought. The WHAT Test is an acronym of steps to force you to think through how committed everyone involved actually is to a project, relationship or goal. It doesn’t ensure success, but it can help you avoid the disappointment of not having thoroughly thought about the agreed upon direction and level of commitment before you begin.