CNLP 159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders

Leadership is never easy, but too many leaders succumb to myths that simply aren’t true.

Ron Edmondson has mentored many leaders and shares a wealth of wisdom that will help all leaders, but especially young leaders.

Welcome to Episode 159 of the podcast.

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The Mythical Leader: The Seven Myths of Leadership

How to Rapidly Navigate Change in a Traditional Church Context – An Interview with Ron Edmondson

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Breaking 200 Without Breaking You

CNLP 101: Turning Around A Dying Church – Lee Kricher On Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation 

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3 Insights from This Episode

1. Look out for the quiet seasons and confront passive-aggressive people without hesitation

Silence can be dangerous. When the atmosphere around you is quiet, don’t assume everyone is content with your leadership. Often in those quiet seasons, leaders can be misrepresented in the form of rumors and become faced with the challenge of defending themselves long after damage control can be easily attained.   

Ask questions.

Rely on those closest to you to tell you the truth.

Do what you can to resolve the problem immediately.

We all know them – the people who are the first to compliment us face to face, but talk a completely different talk when we leave the room. Confronting a passive-aggressive person is never comfortable, but for the sake of the church’s health, the leader should go directly to the source prepared to openly dialogue and end the drama. Shut it down as soon as you can.

2. Leadership and Management are two very different things

Church culture has watered down the word leader. There’s been an accidental trend to overuse the title and combine it within a management role. But most people can’t excel at both well – at least not for a long span of time – because each job usually calls for very different personality types.  

Managers respond to the day-to-day needs; maintaining efficiency and structure while reducing friction and chaos. Leaders look ahead to what’s coming next and focus on where they want to go long-term.

Both roles are necessary and needed.  They are not the same, but equally important to a healthy, growing organization.

3. There are necessary times to hold on to control, but you have to know when to let it go

Most leaders struggle with control. Some more extremely than others, but it’s an issue we all face. There are times it’s necessary to hold close to all the details and decisions around you  – like church planting or seasons of big change. Beyond that, how do you know when to back off and allow others to share in your load? Here are three signs it’s time to let go:   

  1. When you’re losing effectiveness
  2. When you feel tension and burdened
  3. When others who care about you suggest you take a break

Avoid the possibility of burning out. Trust that the people you’ve placed to support your organization will do what’s needed. You can’t do it all on your own.

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Break the Barrier 85% of Church Leaders Never Break

So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier. And you’re really not sure why.

Last week we released a brand new online course called Breaking 200 Without Breaking You.

It’s designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.

So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 150-250 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.

The course tackles eight key issues that keep churches from passing the 200 barrier and beyond. It includes:

  • 8 videos designed to guide you and your leadership team through all the key growth barriers smaller churches face.
  • 150 page downloadable workbook for you and your team.
  • 12 licenses, so you can take your entire team through it—board, staff, key volunteers—whoever you want (that’s about $20 a person).
  • A bonus cheat sheet with access to 20 free resources designed to take you further.
  • A private Breaking 200 Facebook Group access exclusive to the first 1000 purchasers.

So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.

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Next Episode: Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud coaches Fortune 100 company CEOs and top church leaders, and shares what they all have in common. He also offers strategies on how to overcome common dysfunctional behaviours churches struggle with like broke thinking, dealing with problem people and more.

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CNLP 159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders

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