Learn


PLI is devoted to empowering leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their ministries. Learn more about our vision and process here.

Connect


Life is better connected. Connect with others to experience life-giving community and build authentic relationships. We have several learning communities. Find the best fit for you.

Grow


We provide a number of resources and materials to educate both our participants and the general public on effective leadership principles.

Join


Interested in how PLI can impact your ministry? We'd love to get to know you and learn how we can empower your ministry.

Blog

20 Years of PLI

By: Jock Ficken

Thanks for being in the PLI family. The 20 year old PLI family. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of PLI! 20 years since the first pastors and spouses stepped into something they weren’t quite sure about but knew they needed. 20 years since mentoring congregations lined up across the United States to … Continue reading

          Categories:

A Christmas Miracle in Indonesia that You Probably Didn’t Hear About and 3 Simple but Profound Actions

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas and to express our thanks for your partnership in the Gospel.  We thought you might be encouraged by this report. You may remember the deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia the day after Christmas in 2004. You heard that hundreds and hundreds and hundreds … Continue reading

          Categories:

Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Reasons to “Pull the Goalie” at Your Church

By: Jock Ficken

Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Rules of Life center around a simple edict: Pull the Goalie! I listened to Gladwell’s podcast. Entertaining, circuitous, provocative. When a hockey team is trailing by a goal with a minute left in the game, all the fans expect the goalie to be pulled. Swapped for extra offense. To even the score. … Continue reading

          Categories:

Giving Thanks for Your Generosity

By: Jock Ficken

We’d like to share with you a few of the comments that were included with gifts on #GivingTuesday. The work PLI is doing is important and meaningful. What is taking place here is something that will have everlasting impact. -Tanner Olson We totally love and support the work of PLI in equipping the saints and … Continue reading

Tags:           Categories:

Thank You!

By: Jock Ficken

Thank you! We finished the last learning communities of the season shortly before Thanksgiving. Liberia and Denver! Gail and I are incredibly encouraged by the women and men who are eager to grow and develop as leaders. We’re incredibly encouraged by their willingness to do the hard work of investing for a vibrant future for … Continue reading

          Categories:

Urgent or Important?

By: Jock Ficken

Parish ministry for me was always punctuated with the urgent and the important. An easy call for me. It was the so called “tyranny of the urgent” that was also unimportant that was a perpetual discipline. BUT…my ability to make the important but not urgent a priority was always critical! I did it well, and, sometimes not so well. … Continue reading

Tags:           Categories:

Celebrate with Us!

By: Jock Ficken

Celebrate with us! We have been blessed with an overwhelming response for the first cohort of 1,000 Young Leaders. So much so, in fact, that the first cohort is overflowing! We expect the Spring 2019 Cohort to fill quickly. With only 35 spots available and over a dozen people already on the waiting list, it … Continue reading

Tags:           Categories:

Quickest + Crowd = Greatest Impact?

By: Jock Ficken

What’s the quickest way to the greatest impact? For the sake of the Mission? Every church leader I know these days is asking that question in light of pressures of sustaining budgets and buildings and programs…against the backdrop of a changing world. So, what IS the quickest way to the greatest impact? Maybe “quickest” and … Continue reading

Tags:           Categories:

Overcoming the Hesitater in You

By: Jock Ficken

… the spirit told me to have no hesitation—Peter (Acts 11:12) It was part of Peter’s explanation/defense of the landmark visit to Cornelius, equally buttressed by… So if God gave them the same gift he gave us…who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way? (v. 17) No doubt that Peter’s vision … Continue reading

Tags: ,           Categories:

Dealing with Disappointment

By: Jock Ficken

Every congregational leader I know deals with disappointment. Most of us have endured seasons where disappointment has been heaped upon crushing disappointment and where a resiliency of faith in the face of disappointment is difficult to sustain. Here’s a disappointment short list: People you thought you could “count on” suddenly count themselves unreliable. The system… … Continue reading

Tags: ,           Categories:

I’d like to receive PLI enews

PLI enews is a weekly publication containing our leadership and ministry blog as well as free content and important news.

Contact Information