A Time of Transition at Leadership Network

A note from our Board Chair, John Stanley (Tuesday, November 26, 2019)

Leadership Network is currently in a time of transition with our CEO, and we wanted to communicate openly with every person, church and organization with whom we are connected.

After 17 months as our CEO, Ron Edmondson offered the Leadership Network Board his resignation last week. He has shared that he and his wife, Cheryl, were feeling a strong conviction that it was time to step down. In Ron’s words:

I love Leadership Network, the staff and our mission, but after much prayer and discernment I know that this is the right decision for myself, my family and Leadership Network. Much of what the CEO role requires for this next season does not match who I am. I have loved generating new ideas and relationships in advancing our mission. However, key to the role of CEO is also developing financial partnerships with donors – this simply does not match my strengths and gifts. 

As well, Cheryl and I have struggled to feel settled in Dallas. Being originally from the Nashville area, and with one of our sons and his family there (including two granddaughters), we have longed to be closer to family. 

Finally, as I look at the leadership team that God has raised up for Leadership Network, I know that the ministry is well prepared to move forward without me. Our team is incredibly gifted and rightly positioned to lead Leadership Network into the next season. You are in good hands.

It is always difficult accepting a resignation. Ron’s tenure was brief, but God has used him to help us catalyze critical partnerships and to plan boldly for the future. We are thankful for his leadership. Ron will continue to be connected over the next month, but his last official day with us will be December 6, 2019.

As we move forward, our Board of Directors has named Darren Young, Chief Operating Officer, as acting Chief Executive Officer for 90 days. Darren and his team will lead us strongly through the transition.

God is in this. We’re hopeful about what lies ahead and excited about continuing to shape the future of the church with you!

John Stanley
Board Chair

P.S. –  Here is a link to a FAQ that will answer additional questions you may have about this leadership transition.