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The Choices of Dead Man’s Hill

By: Jock Ficken

Increasingly, most pastors realize they were trained for a world that almost no longer exists. Mix that into their marriages (if they’re married) or their families for an added stressor! And most churches realize that the essence of what’s been a blessing to those inside the church is increasingly dismissed by those outside the church. … Continue reading

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7 Steps to Surviving Sabotage

By: Jock Ficken

Almost every congregation is in desperate need of stronger leadership (individual and shared) to help them be vibrant communities of faith that can take on their toughest challenges. Most churches never thought that leadership development for their pastor(s) and others might be their most under resourced aspect of ministry! Last week’s Surviving Sabotage pointed the finger … Continue reading

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#WorkFromRest Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

By: Sarah Greiner

Surviving Sabotage

By: Jock Ficken

The call came while we were on a February family vacation some years ago. Our congregation was deciding to leave its much loved 150 year old inner city campus to join the rapidly growing suburban campus and then expand our vibrant Hispanic congregation in its place. “Pastor, there’s a hundred people in Luther Hall. They’re … Continue reading

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A New Fundraising Model

By: Jock Ficken

Stewardship…Giving…Fund Raising…the churches that are navigating through the rough waters of adaptive challenge are also figuring out sustainable funding models. They are building future financial muscle today through a comprehensive (they’ve stopped dabbling!) gift planning initiative. Teri can share this  affordable and highly effective PLI/LCMS Foundation model. They are building healthy current stewards by annually inviting … Continue reading

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4 Things Great Leaders Never Do

By: Jock Ficken

Good congregational leadership is imperative!      Good congregational leadership can be developed! Here are 4 things good church leaders never do! Good Leaders never blame circumstances or other people for their congregational challenges. It is what it is. They pray. They trust. They roll up their sleeves. They go about the task of taking action.  … Continue reading

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Mapping Cultural Distance

By: Jock Ficken

The PLI community cares about leaders and the future of the church and the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Its pioneering spirit looks to journey toward new, better horizons. Let me tell you a quick story from lunch at a restaurant the other day and then it’s translation! “I overheard what your … Continue reading

Three Essentials to Finishing Well

By: Jock Ficken

People who start well…oftentimes don’t finish well. And that includes ministries and ministry careers! I’m a football fan, and, in particular, a Cornhusker (a fading glory, I know!). A couple of decades ago, before the national championship seasons, Nebraska started each game well–they dominated, dictated direction for most of the game–only to see it evaporate and … Continue reading

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Leading with What’s Left

By: Jock Ficken

Mistakes Leaders Make and How to Fix Them “I’m not sure how much I have left.” There have been a few pivotal moments/seasons in my leadership years where I’ve hauntingly wondered, occasionally voiced, “I’m not sure how much I have left.” I’d tell Gail. In my darkest “wonder what’s left” it was sometimes difficult even … Continue reading

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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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