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So You Think Your Church is Failing…What Can You Do?

By: Jock Ficken

80% of U.S. churches… Worship less than 100. Face steady to rapid decline. Possess collective memories of being 2 times or 10 times larger. Leaders and members are taunted with the whisper that they’re failing. Usually today’s realities were set in motion years earlier by… A stubborn refusal or inability to make necessary changes for … Continue reading

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4 Questions Missional Leaders Should Ask

By: Sarah Greiner

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Summer’s Here! Refresh!

By: Sarah Greiner

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Discipleship: Three lessons I learned from playing Simon Says

By: Sarah Greiner

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Why Not Lead with Saying Thank You?

By: Jock Ficken

Congregational leaders need to be bold masters at graciously navigating change! It’s essential to faithfully living out the vision that God has for your congregation…or people will never be touched with the love of Jesus! Members prefer to cast their vote for “no change” and champion the elusive status quo…until they realize the enormous short-sightedness … Continue reading

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They Call it the Silent Exodus

By: Jock Ficken

Some interesting facts: 70% of 1st generation Korean immigrants are churched. 95% of 2nd generation Koreans are unchurched by the time they enter college, making them one of the most unreached people groups in American cities. They call it the Silent Exodus. Gone. Immigrant churches are torn between tradition and language and practice from the … Continue reading

In Memory of 3 Great Men

By: Jock Ficken

Dear friends, It’s an honor and a privilege to invite you to remember three men who significantly invested in the vibrant ministry of PLI. As PLI leans toward the completion of its 2nd decade of investing in pastors, spouses and leaders to more effectively lead and live out the Mission of God, each of us … Continue reading

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5 Things to Remember about Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

Change for the sake of change is never good. It’s a waste of time, or worse, an abuse of people. It’s the issue that’s in front of every pastor and every leader and every congregation in one form or fashion…it’s not just you! And that’s why I want to offer a few reminders about leading … Continue reading

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Do you or your people feel useless?

By: Jock Ficken

There’s a growing trickle of churches that increasingly engage their communities. They invest in the baptized people of God to become shepherds/missionaries where they live, work and play. This is no small task for most church leaders! People often see themselves as unable or disabled to be real participants in God’s mission. They’re good people…they … Continue reading

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What do you measure?

By: Jock Ficken

Most churches measure average worship attendance each year. Offerings, too. Easter Sunday…for most the largest Sunday attendance of the year…gives a decided boost to the average. And the Sunday after Easter? For most it’s one of the lowest. An average attendance blow and a discouragement to the leaders who count. Most of us, no matter … Continue reading

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