In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Ron Edmondson, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and a popular leadership blogger. The conversation touches on how Ron’s business background helps him as a pastor, leading change, and more. Ron is one of the steadiest and most practical leaders you will run across, so enjoy the wisdom he shares!
“The utility bill is important. Those are kingdom dollars.”
“I want my business experiences to work for the kingdom.”
“When Jesus talks about leading the church sometimes he’s talking about being a good shepherd and sometimes he’s talking about being a good steward.”
“I hope I’m developing a culture where my team has the freedom to challenge my ideas.”
“It didn’t make sense to get bigger until we got better.”
“Every change is uncomfortable to somebody.”
“I can’t imagine a pastor being successful without the discipline of being able to release anger.”
“A position does not make you a leader.”
“No one is going to discipline you as a leader other than you. You have to discipline yourself.”
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