Some people are defined by “yes”. They live to fulfill their “yes”. They dream, plan and act all according to their “yes.” Everything they do revolves around the “yes” of their own lives.
Their opposites are “no” people. These are people who don’t live for their “yes.” Instead, they just try to avoid their own “no.” They never discover their own potential.
My friend Mike Glenn recently wrote a book called The Gospel of Yes. I asked him about the title of this book. He grew up in a way and in a church that defined life with “no.” (As in no drinking, no smoking, no this and no that.)
But, he later realized that life’s power is in the “yes”:
It’s not what we are against, but what we are for.
It’s not what you’re bad at, but what you’re good at.
It’s not about your limitations, but about your gifts.
Ron Edmondson is quick to tell you that he is first and foremost a pastor. And, while that is true, he also has a strong online presence that uniquely qualifies him to talk about social media. His leadership blog is widely read, and he is active on Twitter and Facebook.
I met Ron online through Twitter, and we began discussing various leadership issues. Just north of Nashville Ron started one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S. He recently moved to Kentucky to lead another church. Before he joined the ministry, Ron was a business owner. His experiences running a small business, starting and rapidly growing organizations, and leading online were all topics I wanted to ask him in person.
In this nine-minute interview, we discuss:
- The similarities and differences between leading a business and a church
- How he has grown a church through the use of technology and social media
- Why he was an early adopter of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging
- How he found his “blogging voice”
- Mistakes he made along the way
I especially appreciated Ron’s advice to leaders who want to start building an online presence:
Two words sure to help you jump start 2012: Joel Osteen. Whether you read his latest book Every Day A Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week or watch his televised sermons, I am sure he will inspire you. Yesterday, I reflected on my visit to Lakewood. Here is my interview with Pastor Joel Osteen.
Photo courtesy of Lakewood Church
Joel Osteen is the Senior Pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, the largest church in the U.S. He’s immediately recognizable from his television ministry, bestselling books and stadium appearances.
Pastor Osteen has a consistent message of encouragement and hope. That inspirational message resonates with the members of his home church and also with the millions who tune in to his weekly broadcast.