Don’t Agree to Be the Senior Leader – Unless

by | May 13, 2019 | Church Leadership, Church Planting

Here’s a warning I want to give to those who are currently not in a senior leadership position, but think they may want to be.

I’m not trying to be cruel here. I am actually trying to be helpful.

Don’t Agree to Be the Senior Leader – Unless:

You are ready to lead alone at times – or at least feel like you are.

You aren’t striving for popularity, knowing every decision you make is unpopular to someone.

You can make hard decisions, even the ones involving people or conflict.

You attempt to see all sides of an issue.

You can admit when you are wrong.

You will not run from every conflict, but courageously lead to what is best for the organization.

You are comfortable with change and it energizes you to “think outside the box”.

You are okay when others receiving credit – even for something you initiated.

You can give others a voice, delegate leadership and truly empower others, believing things are better when other people help make decisions.

You won’t let criticism derail you for long, but stay committed to the task before you.

You can envision a better reality beyond today and help others join you by casting an engaging vision.

You genuinely love and value people and their contributions and are willing to serve more than you ever get to “lead”.

And _________?

Senior leaders – share yours.

(Granted, there are certainly senior leaders who may have “success” without all of these. I’m talking from experience – a little trial and error – and some of my own times of attempting to follow a senior leader. These are things I have seen work to attract retain, and see others flourish the best people.)

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Ron Edmondson

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 am also on Google+ at, Twitter at and Facebook at My devotional site is