I was working with a church recently that is facing a growth barrier. They have experienced rapid growth and now the staff is stretched beyond what they can do. There are holes of responsibilities not being filled. My opinion…and they agree…is that they can’t continue growing unless something changes.
The “genius” suggestion I gave them is that they must rise up new leaders, empower them with authority, and spread the load of responsibility. The obvious question: Where do we find these people?
I suggested they look for three types of people: […] Continue Reading…
There are no perfect leaders — except for Jesus.
For the rest of us, we each have room for improvement. Most of us live with flaws in our leadership and the more we mature the more aware we become of them. Good leaders learn to surround themselves with people […] Continue Reading…
After a recent staff meeting, I was thinking about what makes our team at Grace Community Church healthy. I’ve written about healthy teams before HERE and HERE among other posts. I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so I’m consistently trying to make our environment better. My current thoughts have led me to believe that in our case, it’s as much about what we don’t have on our team as what we do have.
I think our team works well together because we get along well with each other. (Most of the time.) It may have to do with what we check at the door when we spend time together.
Here are 7 things healthy teams check at the door: […] Continue Reading…
I frequently say to our church I’m less interested in where a person has been and more interested in where they are going. I would make that statement about leadership also.
The best leaders I know don’t have all the answers. They haven’t got everything figured out yet. Most wouldn’t […] Continue Reading…
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 […] Continue Reading…
Recently I posted 7 Characteristics of Cowardly Lion Leadership. In that post, I discussed the characteristics of leaders who fail to have the courage needed to lead well. I thought it only fair to share the reverse post. There are many courageous leaders in our world today, as evidenced by the strong organizations that thrive even during difficult economic times.
Here are 7 traits of a courageous leader: […] Continue Reading…
A few points in this message:
Treasures of heaven are often found in ordinary fields.
Peace often comes through obedience.
Once you find this treasure you can retire your search.
Hidden Treasure from ron edmondson on Vimeo.
I frequently have parents ask me what type of discipline they should use with their children. I’m glad parents are asking the question, but I seldom can give a standard answer for every situation. I prefer to use a paradigm through which parents can make their own decisions.
That’s the purpose of this post. Perhaps these steps will help you make wiser decisions regarding discipline. Here are 8 paradigm shapers for making discipline decisions as a parent: […] Continue Reading…
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.
Sadly I see this missing in much leadership today. Let’s face it. Leading others is hard. There is often loneliness to leadership. (I wrote about it HERE.) Leadership takes great courage.
Here are 7 characteristics of cowardly leadership: […] Continue Reading…
The statistics are staggering. The older a child gets today, the greater his or her chances are of disappearing from the church. The church must intentionally plan to reverse this trend.
Grace Community Church is built around a desire to reach people who may not have previously been interested in church. We love when people bring their friends. This vision extends to reaching the youth of our community. Along the way, we’ve learned a few things.
If the church wants to reach young people these days, here are 7 things we must do: […] Continue Reading…