Church Employment Articles

  • 7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have

    by Ron Edmondson
    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. Please understand, I’m not saying you can’t be effective without all of them, or that you have to excel in each of them, or that you won’t stumble in most of them ...   Read More
  • 10 Leadership Rules That the Smart Pastor Will Obey

    by Joe McKeever
    Whether you’re talking about your business or a church, the principles for making it successful and effective are similar. Here is my short list, based on nearly 60 years in serving the Lord’s churches.   1. Be selective on who joins your organization. Go for big numbers only and you will end up diluting the wine. You wouldn’t employ a slob, a bum, or a disruptive person for your company. Nor should a church receive as members ...   Read More
  • 7 Secrets to Being a High Achiever

    by Ron Edmondson
    I get asked frequently how I am able to get so much done and still take care of myself and my family. I pastor a large church. I maintain a separate non-profit ministry, where I speak at various conferences and events. I have an active online presence. I mentor about a dozen pastors – some in groups and some as individuals, plus I mentor 4 young leaders in our church. And, I try to stay active in the community – serving on a number of ...   Read More
  • 3 Ways to Know If an "Open Door" is from God

    by Cindi McMenamin
    Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn't necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn't mean you shouldn't walk through it. The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don't want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don't want to take every opportunity that comes along, ...   Read More
  • Start a New Year With A Blank Page

    by Ron Edmondson
    One of my life goals has been to get to a blank piece of paper stage in my walk with God. Ultimately, I want to present God with a blank piece of paper so He can plan my life. It started like this. Years ago I was explaining to a friend I was at one of those “trying to discover God’s will” points in my life. (I have been there many times before and will be again.) His advice wasn’t something he had thought about a ton before. ...   Read More
  • 6 Essential Reminders for Every Christian Leader

    by Trevor Nashleanas
    One of the most disheartening trends in Christian leadership today is leadership dysfunction. The number of people who are burning out, selling out and tapping out should cause any would be leader to take a long hard look at the trajectory of his own life. A Devastating Trend You don’t have to look very far to see how this trend is devastating person after person and organization after organization. Take three church leaders from a city that ...   Read More
  • 8 Essential Blogs for Pastors to Read in 2018

    by Samantha Villenave
    Leadership. Church growth. Time management. Reflecting the nature of Jesus Christ. If you are a believer working in a church leadership role, these topics are certainly common preoccupations. It is very likely that you are continually looking for new resources and help as you seek to fulfill the call that God has placed on your life. The great news is that wisdom on these subjects, on any subject, has never been more prevalent and accessible than ...   Read More
  • 10 Warnings for Those Who Seek to be Senior Leaders

    by Ron Edmondson
    I have a few warnings for those who want to be a senior leader. I should probably first say, should you choose to do so, I’ll be one of your cheerleaders. I’ve been in a senior leadership position most of my career. Some days – many days – I would rather someone else had the role. I know I would not be satisfied long-term. I think some are called to senior leadership – or at least wired for it. (And, if God has ...   Read More
  • God Will Use Your Season of Discomfort and Change

    by Drew Williams
    I met a man last week who had a very long, studied and successful career as a senior partner with one of the largest and most successful accountancy practices in U.S. history. We sat in his backyard on the kind of fall morning that makes you grateful to live in a world where there are Octobers. We drank apple cider at what he called his “lemonade table.” The table was comprised of a large piece of circular marble sitting on top of a tree ...   Read More
  • 8 Killers of Motivations - and Ultimately Killers of Momentum

    by Ron Edmondson
    Leaders need to remain motivated so they can help motivate their team. Leaders also need to be keenly aware of how motivated their team is at any given time. I have found over the years that regardless of how motivated I am if the people around me are unmotivated, we aren’t going to be very successful as a team. Which is why it may be even more important a leader learns recognize when a team is decreasing in motivation. But, here’s ...   Read More