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20 Reasons Your New Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now   

By: Jock Ficken

20 years ago PLI began with a simple equation… When pastors and spouses become better, healthier leaders The people they lead benefit, and The congregation has greater capacity to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. Explore how the 1,000 Young Leaders Initiative can partner with your organization to extend the reach of the gospel … Continue reading

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5 More Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I got right. Here’s 5 more that come to mind. After 5 things I wish I had learned sooner My 5 biggest mistakes. 5 more things we got right: 1 – WE DIDN’T RUN WHEN THINGS WERE DIFFICULT. Leaders need to lead for the sake of the Mission of … Continue reading

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5 Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I served in a Chicago-area congregation for 25 years. We arrived on the 125th anniversary. Left at the 150th anniversary. I already shared 5 Things I Wish I had Learned Sooner and My 5 Biggest Mistakes. Here are 5 things we got right as leaders: 1 – LOVED THE PEOPLE. We listened to the stories. Lots … Continue reading

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How About Crazy Hope

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need hope to lead and venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory. No hope? No action! And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope! I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because they experience… New Hope that leads to … Continue reading

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My 5 Biggest Mistakes

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I wish I had learned sooner. Here are my 5 biggest mistakes as a congregational leader: 1 – INVEST IN LEADERS. I didn’t consistently invest in leaders. Didn’t disciple them to be better women and men who followed Jesus. Better leaders. More character and faith. Greater competency. I encouraged … Continue reading

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5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Congregational Leader: “Leadership Essentials is the first place in my entire life I saw a healthy way to deal with conflict.”  – Leader in New England “What you celebrate you accelerate.” Here are Three Questions… Which of the 5 did you learn quicker … Continue reading

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Celebrate True Freedom

By: Jock Ficken

As we celebrate America’s Independence Day, remember and celebrate where true freedom comes from: Christ crucified and resurrected. God’s blessings to you on this holiday weekend!

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BLESS People and Turn Unlived Aspirations into Action

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders cast visions of everyone being everyday missionaries. Truth be told? Most leaders struggle to do it. Most people don’t have a clue how to do it. Here’s a great model to turn unlived aspiration into action…for everyone.  Easy to remember. Easy to start practicing. Teach it. Practice it. Ask people to regularly tell stories … Continue reading

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5 Facts about Congregational Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Five facts about congregational leaders. Most leaders overestimate what can be accomplished in 3 months and underestimate what can be accomplished in 3 years. Most leaders avoid the single, large, “this we must do” challenge and distract themselves with familiar, sometimes unproductive work. Most leaders could better connect with unchurched people by inviting them into … Continue reading

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Refresh

By: Sarah Greiner

Summer provides a space to pursue a different life rhythm. Think about being intentional about rest this summer by creating some margin. This unhurried time with nothing on the schedule frees you up to start new rhythms of refreshment. Use the following lists to help you plan your times of rest. Make rest a priority … Continue reading

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