Ron Edmondson: Find Your Calling Podcast

Interview with Ron Edmondson

Ron Edmondson - Find Your Calling PodcastRon Edmondson joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast. Ron shares what he has learned about finding clarity in his calling as he made the decision to move from the business world into full-time ministry where he has spent the last 15 years leading churches.

Ron is passionate about both planting churches and helping established churches thrive. In addition to his role as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, he coaches and consults with church and ministry leaders. In the podcast excerpt below, Ron talks about some of his observations working with church leaders and why he believes calling is so critical to thriving (and avoiding burnout) in ministry.

 

“In my work with pastors, I see many of them failing to think about or honestly answer the question, ‘Who am I created to be?’ A lot of the time, I see pastors trying to be everything to everyone, and so they try to invent themselves into something they’re not. But that’s not who God has called them to be. I always tell young leaders I’m coaching, ‘If you’re not careful in knowing who God has created you to be, ministry will eat your lunch.’ It’s a recipe for disaster. You’ll burn out. You’ll be overwhelmed with the demands of ministry rather than delegating and raising up new leaders and letting the body be the body.

“I counsel leaders to ask themselves these questions and evaluate which answer is more like their current situation: ‘Do you have to work to get excited about the vision, or is it consuming you? Do you get up in the morning and have to make yourself go to the office, or can you not wait to get there? When you think of work, do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or angry, or do you get excited about the potential?’ Asking ourselves questions like these allows God to speak into where we are with our temperament, disposition, heart and spirit. I’ve seen so many pastors that are totally ineffective because they should’ve left years ago and instead hung on out of a false sense of loyalty or fear of what’s next, or waiting for retirement or the paycheck. That’s not fair to them, the church they serve, or the Kingdom.”

Check out Ron Edmondson’s web site www.ronedmondson.com.

Ron Edmondson is the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and previously successfully planted two churches. Specializing in organizational leadership, he thrives on helping pastors and ministry leaders think through leadership, strategy and life. His non-profit ministry, Mustard See Ministry, provides devotional resources and conducts family and church leadership seminars. He also regularly writes on leadership, church and family at his blog. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two adult sons, Jeremy and Nate.

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Thom Rainer: Find Your Calling Podcast

Interview with Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer: Find Your Calling PodcastThom Rainer joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast. Thom shares his journey of discovering his unique identify and specific markers that led him from banking to vocational ministry.

Thom has spent the last 30 years resourcing leaders. As president/CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources and the author of multiple leadership books, as well as church leadership blogs, he serves thousands of churches worldwide. But that wasn’t his initial path. As a fifth-generation banker, Thom was groomed for the finance industry, graduated with a finance degree and went into banking—ultimately becoming the youngest vice president in the history of the bank. In the podcast excerpt below, Thom talks about the experience that would ultimately lead him into ministry and the role of his wife, Nellie Joe, in discerning that call.

“Anytime I’ve done something in terms of a call, there has always been a push and pull—a push away from where I am and a pull to something else. So there was not only the push to leave banking but the pull toward vocational ministry. One of the most profound markers in that transition was the death of a good friend’s 5-year-old child. I was in the hospital room as Brian died, with his parents falling on my shoulders. That was one of the most profound times of just feeling a clear sense of God’s presence. I certainly sensed God saying to me, This is what you’re to do with your life’s work—you’re to minister to My people.

“I went home, and Nellie Joe had already heard about Brian’s death. I said, ‘Nellie Jo, let’s sit down. I want to tell you something.’ She said, ‘Okay, you’re about to tell me that you’re called to ministry, we’re going to leave banking, sell everything and go to seminary.’ I asked her, ‘How did you know?’ and she said, ‘You dummy, how can I not have a call if you have a call? God’s working in both of our lives. I’ve seen it in you. I want you to know I put the house on the market a week ago. I was waiting to put up the sign until you articulated your call.’ I could not have followed any of these paths without my wife’s support and enthusiasm. When one person has a calling, the spouse has that same calling.”

Check out Thom Rainer’s web site www.thomrainer.com.

Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 12 years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Thom led a church and denominational consulting firm from 1990 to 2005, providing church health insights to more than 500 churches and other organizations. He is the author of numerous books, including Breakout Churches, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Simple Church, his most recent I Will and more. He and Nellie Jo have three grown sons, Sam, Art and Jess, who are all serving in a ministry capacity.

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Jenni Catron: Find Your Calling Podcast

Interview with Jenni Catron

Jenni Catron: Find Your Calling PodcastJenni Catron joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast.  Jenni shares her journey of gaining clarity on her personal calling.

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. Her passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Additionally, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.com and contributes to a number of other online publications as well. Outreach Magazine has recognized her as one of the thirty emerging influencers reshaping church leadership

A leader who loves “putting feet to vision,” Jenni has served on the executive leadership teams of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, and Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ministry leadership, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry.

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Os Guinness: Find Your Calling Podcast

Interview with Os Guinness

Os Guinness: Find Your Calling PodcastOs Guinness joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast.  His book The Call provides a solid theological foundation and basis for understanding calling.  When I started writing my new book MORE: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure, Os provided valuable coaching that shaped my approach.  Os asked me, “are you going to simply write another self-help book?”

Os has little patience for fads and trends that are not rooted in Biblical truth and critical thinking. Os is bold in speaking truth, even when its not politically correct.  As a student of history and culture who loves Jesus and the church, Os describes himself as a social critic.  His insights on personal calling are rooted in his value for Biblical truth.

In this episode of the podcast, Os shares principles from his book and valuable insights into understanding personal calling.

Os Guinness is a best-selling author, social critic, and deep critical thinker on issues of our time. Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.  Click here to learn more about Os Guinness.

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Francis Chan: Find Your Calling Podcast

Interview with Francis Chan

Francis Chan: Find Your Calling PodcastFrancis Chan joins us for the debut of the Find Your Calling Podcast. This episode is Francis’ first interview after a 30 day “technology” fast from phones, texts, and emails. Francis shares insights from his personal journey and how he understands calling. He gives us an update on his church planting work in San Francisco. As we’ve come to expect from Francis, he shares transparently from the heart and puts Jesus squarely at the center of the conversation.

Francis discusses how he continually pursues God’s voice and leading in his life.

Francis is a best-selling author, sought after speaker, pastor, and devoted husband and father. He is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, the founder of Eternity Bible College, and sits on the board of directors of several Christian ministries. Francis is married to his wife, Lisa, and has seven children.

Visit Francis’ web site at www.francischan.org

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Press Release Find Your Calling Podcast Launches April 5th

Todd Wilson, Director of Exponential and Author of MORE,

Hosts New Podcast on Personal Calling

 

Press Release Find Your Calling PodcastWashington DC – Press Release Find Your Calling – The “Find Your Calling” podcast will launch April 5 via iTunes with host Todd Wilson, Founder and Director of Exponential and author of More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure (available April 2016 from Zondervan. “Find Your Calling” will publish new podcast episodes every two weeks beginning April 5, with plans to step up to weekly episodes in the fall.  Author and pastor Francis Chan joins Todd Wilson for the first episode on April 5. Confirmed podcast guests for early 2016 include Os Guinness, Thom Rainer, Carey Nieuwhof, Brad Lomenick and more.

“Find Your Calling” listeners will discover a biblical perspective on calling and find more clarity on their unique personal calling, as Todd Wilson interviews nationally-recognized Christian leaders on the topic of personal calling.  Guests will share truths which have guided their journey and reflect on how they have discovered and pursued their own personal calling.

“I am passionate about the topic of personal calling,” explains Todd Wilson. “My hope is that listeners feel encouraged and challenged to thoughtfully discover their calling and live out their faith. This podcast can support churches as they seek to carry the fullness of Jesus into every crack and cranny of society. The mission will be accomplished as individual Christians discover and activate their unique personal calling.”

Click here to learn more about the Find Your Calling Podcast.

Todd Wilson Find Your Calling PodcastAbout the Host: Todd Wilson is the founder of Exponential (www.exponential.org), a national non-profit ministry whose mission is to support the starting of healthy, reproducing churches.  He is passionate about seeing people discover and deploy their unique personal calling. As a certified Life Planner, Todd strategically invests in the lives of several leaders each year. Todd’s first trade book, entitled More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure, launches this month alongside the “Find Your Calling” podcast and a new online resource platform: www.PersonalCalling.org.

Todd’s degree and marketplace experience are in nuclear engineering.  He spent 15 years serving in the Division of Naval Reactors on nuclear submarine design, operation, maintenance, and overhaul before entering full‐time vocational ministry.  Todd enjoys starting new things focused on Kingdom impact and multiplication, as well as helping others create an image of future possibilities and the strategy to implement them. He lives in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife Anna. They have two grown boys, Ben and Chris.

 

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Find Your Calling Podcast

Find Your Calling PodcastThe first edition of the Find Your Calling Podcast is now live!  Each episode includes an interview with a different leader on the topic of calling. My goals are simple.  First, to help listeners understand the Biblical perspective on calling.  Second, to see how others have discerned their calling.  Third, to help listeners gain more clarity on their unique personal calling.

I use the BE-DO-GO framework from my book MORE.  Who am I created to BE?  What am I made to DO?  Where am I to GO?  MORE was written to give people a simple framework and vocabulary for pursuing their calling.  The BE-DO-GO framework can be used throughout a person’s lifetime. Each person I interview will give us a glimpse into the truths of calling.  They will also share insights from their unique journey of gaining clarity on their personal calling.

In this first episode, you’ll learn more about me, my calling, and my passion on the topic of personal calling.  My friend Bobby Harrington, founding pastor of Harpeth Christian Church and discipleship.org, facilitates the interview.

 

 

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Find Your Calling Podcast

Find Your Calling PodcastEach episode of the Find Your Calling podcast includes an interview with a different leader on the topic of calling. Our goals are simple: To help listeners understand the Biblical perspective on calling and to help listeners gain more clarity on their unique personal calling.

My Podcast - Find Your Calling PodcastThe podcast is based on the book MORE: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure.  We use the BE-DO-GO framework from the book and address the historical context of primary and secondary calling. MORE gives people a simple framework and memorable language for pursuing their calling.

In nature, God has created 1,000s of sweet spots.  From baseball bats to the acoustics in rooms, God’s handiwork includes sweet spots.  So what about people? Every sweet spot in nature includes a design, a purpose and a position.  Its not by coincidence that these 3 elements align the the 3 questions that burden people in their restlessness and discontentment:  Who am I created to BE?  What am I made to DO?  Where am I to GO to do it?   The BE-DO-GO questions represent the sweet spot of our calling.

Each person interviewed on the podcast addresses truths, shares their journey, and provides tips for gaining clarity on the BE-DO-GO questions.

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The book MORE and the podcast are based on John 10:10.  Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly”.  Or as some translations say, “have it to the full”.  In pursuing our unique personal calling, we must moving from passively “having life” to “taking hold” of abundantly more.  Finding our unique sweet spot helps us move into the fullness God intends.

The book and podcast are NOT intended to be another “self help” resource to make us feel better about ourselves and more satisfied with life.  Instead, calling helps us draw closer to God as we pursue having the fullness of Jesus in us, and we seek to carry that fullness to other people.  We are to be poured into by the fullness of Jesus, and then to pour out that fullness to others.

Each week a different leader is interviewed to share their story and perspective on personal calling.  Leaders include Francis Chan, Os Guinness, Thom Rainer, Carey Nieuwhof, Brad Lomenick, Jenni Catron, Ron Edmondson, Mark Batterson, and more.

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Interview with Damon Horton Damon Horton joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast. As a pastor, author, and former Christian rapper, Damon shares some of his backstory that ultimately led him to his current role as a church planter in Long Beach, California. Damon Horton’s mother heard the Gospel and made […]

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Interview with Alan Hirsch Alan Hirsch joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast. As a pastor, author, and leading missional voice for the church, Alan shares some of his backstory that ultimately led him to the United States as a missionary.  Alan says he’s always been a bit of a rebellious […]

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Interview with Brandon Cox Brandon Cox joins us for the next episode of the Find Your Calling Podcast. As a pastor and friend to other pastors, Brandon shares some of his backstory that ultimately led him to full-time vocational ministry.  Most recently, his calling brought him to Bentonville, Arkansas where he and his wife, Angie, planted […]

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This guide is part of a library of supplementary resources to help readers work through and apply the BE-DO-GO process from my book More. These supplementary resources will continued to be added to the library.

 

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