Ron Edmondson

3 Words for Church Members on Using Social Media

Ron Edmondson

I was visiting a church recently and decided to jump over to the church’s Facebook page during the service. Leadership Network helps churches with their digital presence and so I am always curious how a church is doing with their online ministry.

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The Biggest Battle in Leadership

Ron Edmondson

I’m convinced the biggest battle in leadership is often within the emotions of a leader – and equally powerful – the emotions of those we lead. The biggest battle in leadership is a battle against emotions.

7 Suggestions for the First 7 Years of Marriage

Ron Edmondson

I’ve written previously about the first seven years of marriage. We don’t know why necessarily — I have some theories — but the years between 6 and 8 of marriage are often the most difficult. It seems so many marriages fail in the 7th year.

Leading Those Who Struggle Accepting LGBT+ People

Ron Edmondson

One of the controversial issues of our day involves sexual identity. As a pastor, and now working with pastors, I realize we don’t always know how to address the issue with truth and grace. What does that even mean as it relates to the subject? And we probably disagree on that answer too.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

The Way a Leader Responds to Mistakes

Ron Edmondson

If you want your team to explore, take risks, and make new discoveries there will be mistakes made along the way. Sometimes lots of mistakes to find one good “something new” The way a leader responds to a mistake determines how much risk your team will attempt in the future. .

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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.

7 Thoughts from a Stressed Out Leader for a More Effective Prayer Life

Ron Edmondson

Hezekiah ruled over Judah and was a good and faithful king. Hezekiah often became the target of warring nations. The king of Assyria, which was a much more powerful nation, made plans to overthrow Hezekiah’s kingdom.

Relief From Internal and External Pressure and Stress

Ron Edmondson

I am excited about the 3 books we helped publish at Leadership Network so far this year. Through our partnership with Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, we are addressing topical issues of women in ministry, sexual questioning, and mental health.

The Unwritten Rules

Ron Edmondson

The unwritten rules – are the real rules. In an organization, what is passed down, maintained over the years, repeated the most – become a part of tradition. This is the way people do things – the way decisions are made – the way people respond to leadership and potential.

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.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

7 Warning Signs You May Be a Controlling Leader

Ron Edmondson

I regularly talk to young leaders through my blog and many of them feel they are working for a controlling leader. In a previous post I talked about the 3 results of controlling leadership. It is a prevalent enough issue in leadership that I decided to cover it in my book The Mythical Leader. .

A 4 Step, Simple Strategy To Have a Less Stress-Filled Week

Ron Edmondson

Are you ever stressed? Do you begin Monday dreading the week ahead and simply can’t wait for Friday to come again? Silly questions, right? We can never remove all the issues of our life that bring us stress. We have to somehow learn to navigate our lives through stress.

2 Simple Prayers That Greatly Changed My Life

Ron Edmondson

Over 25 years ago, I took a month to read through the book of Jeremiah. Two verses stood out to me then that have continued to produce spiritual growth in my life. The two verses are: Jeremiah 24:7. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.

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The Value of Failure

Ron Edmondson

Is found in the reward of experience. It doesn’t make sense at first that you would benefit from failure. Failure almost seems like something you would avoid. We strategize and plan so we can have more success and less disappointment.

7 Ways to Protect Your PK – Pastor’s Kid – in Ministry

Ron Edmondson

I’ve written extensively about protecting the family in ministry. My wife has occasionally guest posted about the unique role of the pastor’s wife on this blog. Some of the comments I receive are well taken. I am basically asked “ What about the PK’s? Who is looking out for them? Many disappear from the church as adults.” ” PK = Pastor’s Kids. I hear you.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

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.

10 Inexpensive Ways to Develop People on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

When budgets are stretched, development often is pushed to the back burner or cut altogether from the budget. This is dangerous for a team, which wishes to remain healthy and continue growing. If a team is not learning and improving it will soon struggle to maintain any level of success.

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.

5 of the Worst Leadership Traits I’ve Observed

Ron Edmondson

Someone asked me a great question once. It came from a young pastor. He appeared to be doing a great job leading, but he wanted to do better. I always admire someone who wants to improve. His question was this: Knowing what you know now about leadership, what would you say are the biggest traps to avoid? What are the worst leadership traits that you’ve seen limit a leader’s potential to lead well?

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

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.

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.

12 Great Leadership Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking

Ron Edmondson

One of the best things a leader can do is ask questions. I love to say to teams I lead, “I only know what I know.” ” The leader can often be the last to know where there is a problem or what others are thinking, so asking questions is critical to good leadership.

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The Way a Leader is Expected to Respond – Determines the Response They Receive

Ron Edmondson

The way others expect you to respond often determines the way they respond to you. This is a valuable principle about leadership you need to know. For example: If they expect you to respond in anger – they’ll dance around issues – never confronting them with you or bringing them to your attention. You will seldom know the true health of your team or what others are thinking.

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.

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.

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.

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Most leaders want to improve. I hear from leaders weekly who want to get better in their role. They want to improve so the organization they lead can improve. As much as leaders desire improvement, many leaders wonder where they should go to grow.

5 Areas I Micromanaged in Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

When I was in church revitalization, at least once a week a pastor contacted me about what we were doing. I always told them I was still learning, but we saw God do some pretty amazing things in our church.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

If you have to live by the rules… (A Life and Leadership Principle)

Ron Edmondson

Write better rules. That principle came to me in a personal illustration. Cheryl and I love to travel, and we have done a lot of it together. Several years ago we realized that we were getting close to visiting all 50 states. Friends of ours had that as a goal of theirs, so we adopted it. Our overall goal was simple – visit all 50 states together. Since then we’ve planned many of our vacations around trying to get to all 50 states.

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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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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 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.

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.

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.