10 Reasons You Are Ready to be a Senior Leader

by | May 2, 2022 | Church Leadership, Coaching

In looking for another file recently, I stumbled across a note I had shared with my son a few years back. At the time, he was being offered his first senior leader (pastor) position and questioning whether he was ready or not. He was in his late 20’s at the time.

So, being the ”list” person that I am I jotted down some reasons I felt good about his readiness. I’m not sure who could use this, but rather than simply delete the file I thought I’d share my words here.


10 reasons you’re ready to be a senior leader:

You are:

  1. Never fully “satisfied” with where things are in the organization.
  2. A good communicator and see the power of casting vision.
  3. One who can see the big picture.
  4. Never wanting to be involved in the mundane details.
  5. Not afraid to have hard conversations.
  6. A person with confidence in yourself.
  7. Someone not easily “spooked” by the surprises of life.
  8. A leader who doesn’t mind delegating things that don’t matter to you as much.
  9. Prone to get frustrated with poor leadership.
  10. One with a humble heart.

So, there, could this be you or someone you know ready for a senior leader position?

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I am CEO of Leadership Network. I was previously pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, a church leader and the planter of two churches. I am passionate about planting churches but also helping established churches thrive. I love assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy, and life. My specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to my role as a pastor, as I have time, I consult with church and ministry leaders. I have more than 35 years of leadership experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and have been in full-time ministry for over 15 years. I have successfully led the restart of one church and the planting of two churches, and now we are seeing God’s hand tremendously in church revitalization. I have a seminary masters and a master’s in organizational leadership. I also once helped lead (as an elected official) a mid-sized city, where I served as Vice Mayor and Finance Chair. The greatest times for me are with my wife Cheryl and our amazing adult sons, Jeremy, his wife Mary, and our youngest son Nate. Over 20 years ago, I founded a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, which provides devotional resources, conducts family, marriage, and parenting, and church leadership seminars. My INTJ personality on the Myers-Briggs indicator means I have big ideas, I love creative and critical thinking and I love to see progress. I am usually around people but crave downtime. For years I was usually training for either a half or full marathon. Running was my most productive thinking time. Knee problems in recent years have caused me to stop running, but I’m committed to finding the time I need to fuel my mind, body, and spirit. I write several times weekly on leadership, church, and family. To sign up for my blog on a reader or by email, click HERE. I do interact with my readers, so feel free to contact me. You can email me at ron.edmondson@gmail.com.I am also on Google+ at http://www.gplus.to/ronedmondson, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ronedmondson and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ronaedmondson. My devotional site is www.mustardseedministry.com