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Archive for the ‘Navigate Cultural Change’ Category

You Can Keep Unlocking the Doors, or…

By: Jock Ficken

Ten or 15 years from now, there won’t be much left in most of today’s churches…or in most church bodies. Look at what’s unraveled in the last 5 years. The believers coming behind us don’t want to inherit much of what we want to give them. (Ask them!) Look at your own denomination…do you sense … Continue reading

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Grief

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders mostly miss that when a congregation navigates any type of change, people in their congregations experience a sense of loss. Loss of… The familiar What to Expect “I know how to navigate this world.” OR…AND—this is true for many of us as leaders today in our mission field culture—loss of a sense of… Power … Continue reading

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The #1 Big Challenge to Change in Your Congregation

By: Jock Ficken

Most churches long to have wider influence—not a shrinking influence—in their communities. But getting there is difficult! It’s even more difficult now than it was 20 years ago when PLI started training leaders to navigate the waters of change for the sake of the Mission of God. Shuffle the Sunday schedule. Drop a program. Add … Continue reading

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Look Into the Future

By: Jock Ficken

As a leader…think women and men here…it’s your job to be looking out into the future of your congregation, your ministry, your organization! Seeing the bigger picture Looking at your stated mission. Have we drifted? Are we aligned? Thinking more than most 20 years ago PLI’s founders saw the big picture and started to train … Continue reading

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PLI’s 20th Anniversary in 2019!

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I noted the obvious…a lot has changed in the last 20 years! I’m not sure any of us really saw it coming. Certainly not coming so abruptly. And, when we don’t know what else to do we either… Give up. Lose hope. Just go through motions. Do what we’ve always done. Faster. Harder…with … Continue reading

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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

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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

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There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation!

By: Jock Ficken

There’s still good news in your congregation! Of course there is… right?  The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are living out that good news as a response to the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. There’s still good news … Continue reading

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Necessary Endings

By: Jock Ficken

I don’t do endings well. As a leader I tend to perceive ending something I’m leading as tantamount to failing…especially if it’s a big thing. How ironic to talk about necessary endings after Dare to Dream Again and Sharing Your Dream. Here are 4 keys to remember with Endings: Endings can (should?) create opportunity for what’s next. Endings are natural … Continue reading

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Making Courageous Choices

By: Jock Ficken

Most congregations fail to appreciate the impact that their current decisions (or the lack thereof) will have on future ministry. Many of the churches helplessly skidding down the decline side of the curve  chose not to take on their greatest challenge some years earlier. (Read last week’s post, Rebirth and Renewal.) Some of these congregations … Continue reading

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