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The Chicken and Egg of Church Planting

Truth often exists in tension. One example is which comes first in church planting: evangelism or the church. The answer is both. Here’s why. Evangelism Precedes Church Planting J.D. Payne writes: “Biblical church planting is evangelism that results in new churches. There are many ways to plant churches; however, the model in the Scriptures is one that begins with evangelism and ends with those new churches following the Lord in obedience.” In other words, don’t start with a church...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Corinthians, PAUL, Lesslie Newbigin, J D Payne, Church Planting, Jesus John


3 Reasons I’m Launching a Leadership Podcast

I’ve sent a few teasers out via social media, but I can officially say I’m launching a podcast. I couldn’t come up with a creative name, so it’s officially The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast. Catchy, huh? I’ll be posting new episodes on this blog and I am also excited to be a part of the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network. So, you’ll see some publicity about it there also. Here are 3 Reasons I’m Launching a Leadership Podcast: A new way to share my existing content. If you have fo...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Ron Edmondson, Nate, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


7 Results When I’m Tired – 7 Remedies

I have learned over the years – many times when I’m not up to par in my leadership or life – it’s simply because I’m tired. Recognizing this is paramount to maintaining productivity and for preventing burnout. This has been truer in 2020 than any time in my career. When I’m tired: I become irrational about the flaws in others, There is difficulty concentrating. I display less patience and get frustrated easily. My work is less effective. Leadership suffers. Our team su...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Don, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


10 Clues to Find New Volunteer Leaders

If a church or organization is to grow it must find new volunteer leaders.  Of course, equally vital is the quality of leaders being discovered. Good leaders learn to look for qualities in people which are conducive to good leadership. If you want to have a culture which reproduces leaders, read THIS POST first. But where do you find these people who can be future servant leaders? I find it helps to look for certain qualities, which all good leaders need or qualities which, consistently...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


7 Ways To Create More Time Margin in Your Week

How do you create more time margin in your week – with an already packed schedule? Isn’t this a great question? How do you create more margin – to do the things you want to do and the things you need to do? Here are a 7 tips to help create more time margin: Start your day with God. Of course a pastor would say this, but it is amazing if I start the day talking to God how much it helps me all day. Something about pausing long enough to center my day helps me start in a more pr...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Cheryl, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Life Plan


7 Wisdom Nuggets for Church Planters and Ministry Leaders

I was meeting with a potential church planter and some wisdom nuggets spoken to me or learned over the years flooded my mind. I think they are valuable for all leaders, but especially my friends in ministry. Some of these were given to me by others. Others were learned firsthand by experience. 7 words for church planters and leaders: Seek approval among the people to whom God sent you to minister. All of us need assurance at times from other people what we are doing matters. Chur...
Tags: New York, New York City, Church, Religion, Christ, Cheryl, Don, Ministry Leaders, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Wisdom Nuggets for Church Planters


The Pandemic Effect on Church Planting [Podcast #316]

After months of a global pandemic and economic strain, what effect has it had on church planting?Join the conversation on this week’s episode by using the #cmagcast hashtag or send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll share your comment on a future podcast.Here is the full series by Phil that Blessing referred to: Church Without Limitations: Get Moving 1Church Without Obstacles: Problem-Solving 2Church Without End: Scalability 3Church Without Gaps: Human Capital 4Church Without A Buildi...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Phil, Church Planting, Church Culture, Church Plant


Church Planting In Times Of A Pandemic [Podcast #316]

After months of a global pandemic and economic strain, what effect has it had on church planting?Join the conversation on this week’s episode by using the #cmagcast hashtag or send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll share your comment on a future podcast.Here is the full series by Phil that Blessing referred to: Church Without Limitations: Get Moving 1Church Without Obstacles: Problem-Solving 2Church Without End: Scalability 3Church Without Gaps: Human Capital 4Church Without A Buildi...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Phil, Church Planting, Church Culture, Church Plant


All Good Leaders Do 2 Things

There are two things all good leaders do for their team. These are vital if you want to lead a healthy team. They help their team say yes. Good leaders give their team the freedom to dream. They empower the team to take their ministry in new directions. Risks are encouraged without fear of retribution if it doesn’t work. Good leaders make sure they aren’t so distracted with mindless and burdensome tasks, so they can pursue the things which spark their interest. They help their team m...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


5 Guarantees of Your First Year in Senior Leadership

The way you begin a leadership position often determines the success you will have in it.  That’s such a strong, but important word for new leaders to understand. Having begun new leadership positions many times in my career, I have learned the opening days always impact the effectiveness I have had as a leader.  And, to top it off, there are things that will naturally happen in the first year of a new position. In fact, I can pretty much offer guarantees about your first year as a new sen...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


7 Characteristics of Cowardly Leadership

You remember the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz, don’t you? He was supposed to be the king of the jungle, but he had no courage. I’ve known some leaders like the cowardly lion. I’ve written in a previous post about courageous leadership. It seems a counter post is warranted. And if I’m completely transparent — at times that coward has been me. Let’s face it. Leading others is hard. There is often loneliness to leadership. Leadership takes courage. You have no doubt encountered co...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Team Leadership


7 Courageous Leadership Traits

There are many courageous leaders in our world today. Certainly coming to mind are the military and emergency personnel who serve faithfully everyday. I’m living again in a military town (I grew up here) and their willingness to go into harm’s way to protect us always inspires me. In my experience, it takes courage to lead an organizational effectively too. And I see many courageous ministry leaders. For example, I admire those who lead organizations to thrive even during difficult times. I ...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


5 Ways To Deal With Insecurity as a Pastor

This post developed after talking with a young pastor overwhelmed with the responsibility he’s been given. It was his first church out of seminary. His church expects a lot from him – leading the church, preaching great messages, visiting the sick (and the well), managing a budget, and seeing the baptistry consistently in use – just to name a few things. He realizes the weight of his position, but much of it he doesn’t feel qualified to deliver. Seminary didn’t give him the training he neede...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Don, Joshua, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Christ Read, Gideon Moses Joseph David


5 Ways You Can Help In My Ministry Transition

Today I officially begin working for myself. It’s not the first time I’ve stepped into an unknown (I actually think we are supposed to throughout our life), but it seems a bit more daunting in my mid-fifties. (And I realize I’ve got nothing on Abraham or Moses.) Still, I’m totally excited about the days ahead.  Follow THIS LINK if you’re just now reading about this season of transition and want to read more of our story. Basically, we felt we had finished our work and were ready for something...
Tags: Amazon, Leadership, Church, Religion, Star, Dallas, Nashville, Cheryl, Ron, Abraham, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Life Plan, Ways You Can Help In My Ministry Transition, Ministry Transition


10 Questions for a Pastor’s Spouse to Ask a Prospective Church

I am frequently asked by pastors to help them process going to another church. They want to make the wisest decision and that involves asking the right questions. I always appreciate when a pastor is diligent in this process. Although it should certainly be a “call”, I believe God often allows us latitude in discerning where we serve. And one right question may avoid a wrong decision. I previously post 25 Questions the Prospective Pastor Should Ask the Church. But what about the spou...
Tags: Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Prospective Church


7 First Impression Lessons from a Church Shopper

Opening disclosure. This post is going to seem negative, and I am far from a negative person. The glass is always over half full for me. I actually intend it to be positive if it encourages churches.  The transition 18 months ago to the Dallas area was difficult when it came to finding a church to call home. In fact, I ended up taking a short-term interim pastor position for a softer landing. I grew up in the church where my parents and grandparents attended. We were there until I surrendered...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Dallas, Christ, Cheryl, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Ron [email protected]


Announcing a Life and Career Transition for Ron and Cheryl Edmondson

A Life Transition for The Edmondsons I recently resigned my position as CEO of Leadership Network. Although my tenure is much shorter than I had anticipated when I arrived almost 18 months ago, I feel it has been a productive time for me and the organization. Leadership Network has a long, great history of helping the Church accelerate growth and innovation. I spent my time restructuring the organization and the team; hopefully positioning it for the future. At times it felt as though I was b...
Tags: Leadership, Israel, Church, Religion, Nashville, Cheryl, Ron, Matt Chandler, Wheaton, Ed Stetzer, Todd Wilson, Leadership Network, Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Organizational Leadership, Career Transition


7 Helpful Skills for Pastors Who Want to Grow Churches

I came close to titling these “essential” skills, but I knew that was unfair. God grows churches and He works through all different types of people. I have heard great pastors say — “I know how to teach and care for the people, but I’m not always sure how to lead.” They recognize the value in and the need for leadership, but were never trained to do it well. In my experience, there are helpful skills for those who want to lead a church to care for and disciple people, but also grow and be he...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Christ, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


Four Seasons of Leadership

After years of leading, I have learned there are four seasons of leadership. There could be more, but I’ve been able to clearly identify these four. Misunderstanding this can lead to frustration. You may think you are doing something wrong. Yet you’re only in a different season. Four seasons: Some plant – Many leaders sow seeds. They are used to start something new. As a church planter in two churches, we planted a lot of seeds. I love knowing both of those churches are still thriv...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Don, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


5 Quandaries of Leading Creative People

I love having creative people on teams I lead, but, honestly, they can make leading much messier. Leading creatives can be difficult. In case you’re wondering, here’s the top Google definition of a creative: relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Creative minds are always wandering. They get bored easily. They are never completely satisfied with their work – and often with the work of others. It makes leading a team mee...
Tags: Google, Leadership, Church, Religion, Innovation, Don, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


5 Reasons a Pastor May Not Be Leading Well

I remember talking with a concerned man about his church. He was concerned the church was wasting a lot of resources and accomplishing little towards its vision to make disciples. They have a large building and staff. There is a rich history of Kingdom-building, but the building sits empty most days of the week. There is a steady decline in baptisms and Sunday attendance. The church lacks momentum and he was concerned in 20 years the church would be gone. He blamed it all on the leadership o...
Tags: Leadership, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


Funniest Questions I Received as a Church Planter

Here are the funniest questions I received as a church planter: “When are you going to build a church?”  I always thought, “Well, that’s what we are doing now meeting in this high school.” (Oh, you mean a building, but, of course, you’d agree the church is not the building, right?  ) “Are you going to keep doing this?”  For whatever reason, it seemed that some believed a church plant was temporary. (Until a “real church” comes along I guess.) “What’s your other job?”  I realiz...
Tags: Church, Religion, Church Planting


7 Actions I Recommend When A Church is Declining

What should you do when a church is in decline? I get asked that question a lot. It should be noted there are no cookie-cutter solutions for reversing a church in decline. Churches have unique characteristics, because they have different people. There are different reasons which cause decline. And ultimately, God is in control of all of this. I would be considered arrogant and even hurtful to pretend to have all the answers for a church I do not know. There are a few suggestions, whic...
Tags: Church, Religion, Don, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


5 Actions Before I Preach

As a pastor, I was often asked what my routine was as I prepared to preach on Sunday mornings. Ultimately, it’s all about Jesus, but I realize I have a responsibility as a shepherd to do all I can to be prepared. Ideally, I always tried to be completely finished with my sermon Friday, so I could take Saturday off. Sometimes I would spend an hour or so on Saturday doing one final edit. I tried to limit my activities and get a good night’s rest Saturday night. I spent Sunday mornings doing one...
Tags: Church, Religion, Jesus, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


One Danger In Vision-Casting

Vision casting can be dangerous for the health of a team. Sometimes vision-casting can destroy an otherwise healthy team. I know that goes against what all the great leadership books and experts say, but it’s true. I have been guilty of this one – many times. The most prolific vision-casters can ruin a good team. Let me explain. Casting a vision is one part of success in an organization. It is an important part. I have been known to cast a vision of things to come. My favorite...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization


Increasing Creativity and Innovation on a Tight Budget

Years ago I discovered a way to increase creativity when money is tight. When you know you need to make a purchase, but funds are stretched and needed in so many other places too, ask yourself this question: If you didn’t have the money, and it was something you had to do, what would you do? This question came in handy many times as a church planter, and may have been when I used this question most frequently. I remember once a staff member asked me to consider a non-budgeted purchase. The team ...
Tags: Business, Leadership, Religion, Innovation, Encouragement, Church Planting


You Feel Led to Plant a Church. What Do You Do Now?

About once a week, or sometimes more frequently, I get an email from someone who says they feel led to plant a church. They almost always have the same questions. What do I do now? What’s my first step? After answering dozens of times, I decided to put my thoughts in a post. Step one: Run as fast as you can! Just kidding. Although that does give you a testimony like Jonah. And just kidding again. Here are 5 immediate steps I would recommend: Check your heart Are you sure planting is what you a...
Tags: Leadership, New York City, Church, Religion, Jonah, Church Planting


3 Things I Would and 3 Things I Wouldn’t Do Again in Planting a Church

In 16 years as a pastor, I was a part of planting two successful churches. My most recent experience was in church revitalization, and we did experience some success there, but I still hear get questions about church planting. The two questions I get asked most: If you were planting another church… What would you do differently? What would you do the same? Those are great questions, because the first few times I had to answer them it made me think through some of our best practices and some of...
Tags: Church, Religion, Encouragement, Church Planting


A Leadership Experiment – The Little Things Matter

In making a first impression the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on one of our church campuses for the first time the little things matter. When a parent decides to trust us with the care of their children the little things matter. In the way we follow up with guests the little things matter. Most leaders and pastors believe this, but we often don’t pay attention to the little things. As a pastor, over the years, even as a very non-detailed, extremely big picture person, I started ...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Religion, Encouragement, Church Planting, Team Leadership


7 Things I Loved About Serving in an Established Church

I recently posted about the things I miss from church planting serving in an established church. Church planting can be daunting, but the rewards from seeing people far from God get excited about Him makes all the efforts worthwhile. After that post first appeared, a friend of mine, Tom Cheyney, texted me with a challenge – and a needed one. Tom is one of the leading experts in the field of church revitalization. His Renovate Conference is the largest conference with a primary focus on revitaliz...
Tags: Church, Religion, Church Planting, Church Revitalization