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Flourishing in Ministry…It’s all about Relationships!

By: Jock Ficken

Is your ministry life-enriching or life-depleting? Congregational leadership can flourish…be life-enriching and not life-depleting…when four types of relationships are well according to Bloom’s Flourishing in Ministry project. While this was a clergy study, you’ll find easy application to whatever your role. We termed it “Collegiality” last week.  Here are the four critical relationships: Family and … Continue reading

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Are you Flourishing?

By: Jock Ficken

From my perspective the stakes are high! In the next few weeks of summer… New pastors will begin their ministries with anticipation. They will be… life-enriching for some, life-depleting for others. Older pastors will retire. They will have been…life-enriching decades for some, life-depleting for others. Another group? They will quit. Prematurely retire. Change careers. They … Continue reading

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Advancing the Dream…4 Things to Remember

By: Jock Ficken

Dreaming new dreams in the ministry of a congregation is the first thing to disappear when a congregation starts to decline and the first thing to reappear when it leans toward a new future or a new season. (Lots of churches trying to “survive” would benefit greatly if they simply started to dream again!) Dreaming is a big thing! … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Leader

By: Jock Ficken

This week we have learning communities in Panama City, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and in a country in Eurasia. Join us in praying a blessing upon each of the participants. Bob Buford died last month. 78. CEO of Buford Television Founder of Leadership Network Author of Halftime Tireless champion of church leaders Lost his only son … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Difficult

By: Jock Ficken

I’m not exactly sure when I first put the pieces together that leading is difficult…even when we think it’s going to be difficult. Big things are difficult: Turnaround churches Planting churches Focusing on the future…those outside the church…and not the past. Not just us. Difficult! And all more difficult than I might have imagined. Seemingly … Continue reading

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Time, Vision & Grace: Three Things You Need to Get Out of the Pit

By: Sarah Greiner

Isolation is a familiar word to those in the pit. Whether inflicted or perceived, isolation is crippling to God’s invitation to build something deeper and stronger out of the pit experience. (Read You’re in The Pit: Three things to do while you’re there.) Through relationships, time, vision and grace can be offered to help you … Continue reading

You’re in The Pit: Three things to do while you’re there.

By: Sarah Greiner

So, you’re in the pit. That spot in life and leadership where things unraveled or took a turn you didn’t expect. You ask, “How’d I get here?” Your spirits are broken and your vision seems unreachable. Yet, God meets you in the pit with an invitation to build something deeper, stronger and far better than … Continue reading

In Community

By: Jock Ficken

As leaders we are supposed to have the answers. Right? But the world is ever changing and this leaves us feeling off balance. Uncertain. It takes courage and skill to step out and move into the unknown. We would like to offer five adaptive skills you need to practice in 2018 to lead in this … Continue reading

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Leaders Go First

By: Jock Ficken

As leaders we are supposed to have the answers. Right? But the world is ever changing and this leaves us feeling off balance. Uncertain. It takes courage and skill to step out and move into the unknown. We would like to offer five adaptive skills you need to practice in 2018 to lead in this … Continue reading

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Listen Well

By: Jock Ficken

As leaders we are supposed to have the answers. Right? But the world is ever changing and this leaves us feeling off balance. Uncertain. It takes courage and skill to step out and move into the unknown. We would like to offer five adaptive skills you need to practice in 2018 to lead in this … Continue reading

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