Ron Edmondson

One Terrible Leadership Mistake We Make as Pastors (And Leaders)

Ron Edmondson

There are many leadership mistakes we make as pastors. I’m certain I make one nearly everyday. This post is only about one mistake. Only one, but one of the worst. And, frankly, I’m as guilty of this one as anyone. I think most of us are prone to making this mistake.

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 Ways Extroverts Can Better Engage Introverts

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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.

7 Impractical Leadership Practices I Use Often

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I talk to pastors frequently who find themselves in a difficult situation. Many times they know the right thing to do, but they can’t bring themselves to do it.

10 Ways to Handle Conflict in a Healthy Way

Ron Edmondson

Where life involves people – whether among family, friends or co-workers – there will be potential for conflict. Any disagreement there? Want to fight about it? In fact, if relationships are normal, conflict is inevitable. But, conflict doesn’t have to destroy relationships.

Leaders, Let Them See You Sweat

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Never let them see you sweat. Or, so they used to say. Apparently the phrase, “ Never let them see you sweat” came from a 1984 Gillette company deodorant commercial. It’s a great phrase. When I was younger, it was a popular cultural saying.

7 Lies We Believe As Pastors

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I have a heart for pastors. Maybe it stems from the fact I spent more years as a layperson – deacon, committee member, Sunday school teacher – than I have as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand about the position.

3 Questions To Help Discern Difficult Issues

Ron Edmondson

I frequently receive questions I can’t easily answer. Usually the questions involve a dilemma someone is facing, which has no direct and easy answer. The exact answer is not clearly spelled out in the Bible. I’m left to my own wisdom, which I may or may not have about the situation.

7 Small Changes Which Produce Huge Results

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Sometimes the smallest changes reap the biggest results. Over the years I’ve come to realize I’ve often done things the wrong way. I’ve tried to make huge changes in my life only to quickly fail. I didn’t keep going. I stopped. Overwhelmed. I tried to change too much too soon. It didn’t work. What I have learned is that when small changes are repeated over time not only are they easier to implement, but they tend to stick longer.

4 Do’s and Don’ts to Help Ministers at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

I have posted some of these thoughts several years ago, but decided the subject needed mentioning again. One of my goals in ministry is to help protect the ministers and their family. Through this blog I reach thousands of men and women who serve God in a vocational role.

7 Ways I Partner with My Wife in Ministry

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My Best Advice for Leaders When Things Are Going Wrong

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In my pre-ministry business days, Cheryl and I owned a small manufacturing business. We owned another business prior to this one and it had been extremely successful. We were able to sell it and purchase this new venture.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Attempt Church Revitalization

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It seems every week a church contacts me to ask advice about church revitalization. I also frequently hear from pastors who are considering stepping into a role in church revitalization.

7 New Year Resolutions Which Could Change Our World

Ron Edmondson

Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others. In fact, with a whole lot of improving – it might become contagious – and we might just change the world.

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4 Reasons Every Pastor Needs a Good Pastor Friend

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Every pastor needs at least one good pastor friend. I’m thankful to serve and have served in churches with a good number of staff members I consider not only co-laborers, but friends. It’s a blessing to do ministry with people you actually enjoy being with each week.

12 Random Leadership Observations

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I’ve been studying leadership for years, and share so many thoughts about it here. These are more observations than they are tips, and they are random, but I’ve found them to be true.

5 Simple Tips to be a Better Dad This Week

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I don’t know a lot of dads who don’t want to improve in their role as dad. I grew up most of my years at home without a father active in my life.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been an introvert all of my life. I was born that way – or at least I’ve been this way as far as my memory carries me. As a child, I remember at social gatherings people asking me if there was something wrong with me.

7 Biblical Characters and their Leadership Tensions

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I know people who shy away from terms such as leadership when talking about church. One comment I hear is they don’t want us to become too business-like. They believe Christ is the leader of the church and we are simply servants under His command.

7 Ways to Respond to Difficult People In the Church

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If you are not active in the local church (which is a small part of my blog readership), please allow me to apologize in advance for this post. It’s really written to those inside the church – especially pastors. Please know it’s not at all representative of everyone in the church.

7 Potential Barriers to Sustained Church Growth

Ron Edmondson

In church planting, we defied the “rules” of growth for several years. By rules I mean things which happen that naturally stall growth. They are true in every organization. If you don’t understand them you will not be prepared to address them.

7 Tidbits of Advice For Young Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I started in ministry much later in life. I was 38 when I began vocational ministry. The experience I gained in the business world has helped me greatly in ministry.

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Discerning the Season of Your Life

Ron Edmondson

As I write this, we are supposedly in spring on the calendar, but today is a cold day. There is actually snow in the forecast this week. A couple weeks ago we had several inches of snow on the ground.

What Was My Greatest Success in Life?

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I was interviewed a few years ago for a leadership podcast. One of the questions took me by surprise. I have been interviewed for podcasts many times, so answers usually come fairly easily. They didn’t this time. At least to this question.

4 Easy Steps Towards Being a Great Parent

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Parenting is hard. I have two wonderful adult children, but I’m still wondering why God blessed us with such grace. Looking back, I’ve learned there are a few principles, which actually work. The title says these are “easy” and they are in some ways.

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5 Common Elements of All Healthy Teams

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What makes up a healthy team? Obviously this is our goal if we lead or even serve on a team. Who would want to serve on an unhealthy team? Talk about wasting time. And, we’ve all been there.

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10 Life Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

“It’s a Wonderful Life” has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. I have probably seen it thirty times or more. I read recently, the movie was not a success the first few years after it’s release. No one could sit through the hard part to get to the happy ending.

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7 Ways I Deal With Fatigue as a Leader

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I posted previously on what happens when I’m tired. It isn’t pretty. See that post HERE.) I hear someone say every day “I’m so tired” It’s epidemic it seems. There appears to be a lot of fatigue in our world these days. I know it’s true of those in ministry.

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One Signature Piece of My Ministry

Ron Edmondson

One signature of my ministry, as a pastor, has been how approachable I appear on Sunday. I’m not saying that to brag. You need to keep reading before you make that assessment. I’m actually sharing it to encourage a few of my pastor friends who may read this blog and need it.

7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have

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I have held a senior leadership position for over 20 years and been in leadership over 35 years. In this post, I want to express some things I’ve observed (and experienced) as some of the critical abilities a senior leader must have in order to be most effective.

7 Things I Love About My Wife

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He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22. I posted this over 6 years ago, but things have changed. My wife is a different person. She’s a grandmother (Granna). We are more seasoned as empty-nesters.

7 Ways Leaders Waste Valuable Time and Energy

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Wasting time and energy may be one of my biggest pet peeves as a leader. Some days I leave work and feel I never got off the proverbial treadmill. It’s physically and mentally draining. Does it ever feel like you are wasting valuable time and energy?

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Gossip – And Why I Hate It So Much

Ron Edmondson

I hate gossip. I realize hate is a strong word, but it’s the one I prefer here. I’ve seen so many negative results caused by gossip. Gossip happens in families, in the workplace – wherever two or more are gathered – gossip will be among them. And, gossip is always destructive to building healthy relationships. I hate gossip in any setting, but especially in the church. Relational gossip, especially among believers, shouldn’t even exist.

7 Reasons We Avoid Progress

Ron Edmondson

We have to be very careful with progress. Progress can be a fun. Most leaders want to see progress. Most people do also. But, as much as we may want – and need – progress, there are reasons we naturally tend to avoid it.

10 Symptoms of an Unaware Leader

Ron Edmondson

A couple years ago there was a consistent problem in one of our areas of ministry. It was something, which I would have quickly addressed, but no one brought it to my attention. Thankfully, I’ve learned the hard way what I don’t know can often hurt my leadership or the church the most.

10 Things Great Leaders Grant Their Teams

Ron Edmondson

Whether stated or unspoken, a leader plays the key role in setting the culture of the organization. People on any team will often wait until they feel they have permission from leadership before they move forward.

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The Loneliness of Leadership

Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a friend one day who was having to make some difficult decisions for the organization he leads. He had confidence the direction he was leading was the right one and, even necessary for the future life of the organization. He had done his homework.

A 4 Word Outline to Evaluate An Event

Ron Edmondson

I think evaluation is important. In fact, it may be equally important to the planning, which goes into any event.

5 Secrets of Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a coupLe churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of pastors who enter revitalization thinking the church just needs new leadership. Or better sermons. Or it needs them.

7 Suggestions to Have the Best Christmas Ever

Ron Edmondson

It’s Christmas time again. Seems to come every year about this time. The most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be parties for hosting. Marshmallows for toasting. And caroling out in the snow. There’ll be scary ghost stories. And tales of the glories.