Ron Edmondson

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 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 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 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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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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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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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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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 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 Suggestions When Interviewing for a Ministry Position

Ron Edmondson

I once served on the board of a local youth leadership program. These students were the top of their class, so the entry was competitive. Part of qualifying process was an interview with board members, who were mostly seasoned business and community leaders.

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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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 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.

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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Leader: Establish Authority before Exhibiting Authority

Ron Edmondson

This is a true story. Details have been altered to protect identities. Although that’s not really needed, as you’ll see.). A pastor began a pastorate and started making changes quickly. In my opinion, they were all good changes. In fact, a few of them were genius. I was impressed.

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.

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 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.)

A Leader in Time of Crisis, Uncertainty or Change

Ron Edmondson

It would be difficult to conclude Paul was not an effective leader. He was the arguably the most successful church planter of all times. He managed to plant churches and write books we are still using today. There is an interesting story in Acts 19 of a time of crisis.

10 Suggestions to Welcome a New Pastor

Ron Edmondson

As a pastor and through my online ministry, I would frequently receive questions from churches who wanted to welcome a new pastor and do it well. I’m revising a post I’ve written and shared before, but it’s timely now.

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8 Ways to Finish a Ministry Job Well

Ron Edmondson

Everyone loves a happy ending. If you follow this blog, you know I’m in a season of transition again. When I got to my previous church someone on the search team asked me to reflect on how best to finish well.

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.

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.

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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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 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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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?

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.

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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10 Suggestions for Healthy Grieving

Ron Edmondson

For 16 years, part of my work was helping people grieve. And, honestly, it was helping people learn how to grieve. It was not one of my favorite roles, because it always stemmed from the reasons why they needed to grieve. It meant someone was hurt. It represented brokenness.

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7 Things Pastor Tell Me Kept Them from Leading Well

Ron Edmondson

In my talks with pastors and ministry leaders, I have heard some repeated themes. One common theme is they have a story of a failed leadership experience. It may have happened in their first church. There was one church experience, perhaps with a program or a person,which turned from bad to worst.

4 Suggestions for Balancing the Highs and Lows of Ministry

Ron Edmondson

In my new role with Leadership Network, encouraging pastors is one of the best parts of my job. In 16 years of pastoring I learned the job can be an emotional roller coaster at times. You have a great Sunday and then the critics seem to come out on Monday morning. Or Sunday walking out of church.

7 Suggestions for Parenting Adult Children

Ron Edmondson

I was talking to another dad. We were comparing notes. Both of us are empty nesters. We equally recognized that being the parent of adult children is sometimes more difficult than when the children are still at home. That’s hard for some parents with teenage children to believe, isn’t it?

4 Random Leadership Principles Learned the Hard Way

Ron Edmondson

Here are four random leadership observations I’ve learned the hard way. And, some I repeated many times. I hope you can learn them from me without having to repeat them. Don’t make solo decisions involving people. The hardest decisions a leader makes always involve people.

One Way to Enjoy Life (and Leadership) More

Ron Edmondson

Are the routines and details of your life getting you down? Is the direction of your life not turning out as you planned? Are you stressing so much about things that are happening — or not happening — that you can’t enjoy the good things already in your life?

3 Options When the Church No Longer Reflects the Community

Ron Edmondson

I was coaching a group of pastors and was asked a question I’ve encountered, but never really answered. It’s a question, which seems to come up frequently these days. In fact, I think it’s a question many churches need to consider.

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.

4 of My Proudest Memories of Being a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

This month I transitioned into a new role with a non-profit 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.

The sacred trust and responsibility of an online platform, and 5 ways to honor it

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been online since 1996. I wrote a daily devotional for over a decade; long before blogs were “popular” Those were dial-up days. I’ve learned a lot, made plenty of mistakes. If you want to find typos — you’ve come to the right place.