I read an interesting story from the life of the Biblical character of David again recently. The story says a great deal about leadership and what is required to successfully lead.
Here’s what I read:
When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah. But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!” 1 Samuel 23:1-3
Notice David had a vision…a word from God. This was prior to David being the reigning king. He had been anointed king by God, but did not yet have the position. He was hiding from Saul. He had no kingdom of his own. This new assignment was scary, his army was questioning him, and the future was unknown.
Have you experienced a situation like this as a leader?
Thankfully David’s story had a happy ending: (Imagine that…God put him up to it.)
Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.” 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah. 1 Samuel 23:4-5
This story prompts some thoughts on leadership: […] Continue Reading…
I had an interesting question recently:
Do you have a “7 ethical things to know if you are going to blog while serving in a local church” blog post?
Although not always as succinct as that one, it’s actually a fairly common question. Basically, how should you blog about — or […] Continue Reading…
I received a message from a staff member of another church recently. He is struggling with the current leadership and wondering how long he can continue to be where he doesn’t support the vision and direction of the pastor. He wanted my advice on how he should be responding during this season of ministry.
Here are 7 actions I encouraged him to do: […] Continue Reading…
I love church planters. I moved into church revitalization and part of the concern I had for doing so is that I might not have a foot into church planting. That would be tough for me. After two successful plants and having worked with literally hundreds of planters, I […] Continue Reading…
How do we find balance in a cluttered world?
In this message, I share 4 suggestions:
Do a time assessment.
Learn the power of No!
Find your best yes.
Uncluttered – Finding Balance from ron edmondson on Vimeo.
Check out Part 3 of this series HERE.
Sure I’m a leader. So this may appear to be a self-serving post. I understand — and accept — the risk.
The fact that I am a leader, however, gives me a certain credibility in speaking on behalf of leaders.
I wrote this post several years ago, but decided to […] Continue Reading…
Recently I was asked to speak to a local youth leadership program on — well, it makes sense — leadership. That’s what they are attempting to learn.
I’ve led in the business world, elected office, and now in ministry – and on dozens of non-profit boards. Along the way I’ve […] Continue Reading…
The statistics on the longevity of pastors isn’t encouraging. A major survey of pastors says 80 percent leave the ministry within five years.(1) Jimmy Draper, former president of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and former president of Lifeway Research Group, observed that for every twenty […] Continue Reading…
Recently I was able to share some encouragement with church planters in Chicago. Having been a planter twice, I understand the unique challenges facing planters. They are constantly struggling with leadership issues, finances and simply knowing what to do next.
I get it. Most of what I know now came […] Continue Reading…
I recently wrote a post about 7 things you may not know about your wife. It was a popular post and I committed to write a companion post for the wives.
Here are 7 things wives need to know — but may not know — about your husband:
His ego is […] Continue Reading…