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Adaptive Leadership: Five Things You Need To Practice To Lead In This Ever Changing World

By: Sarah Greiner

Change is happening at an unprecedented rate, leaving leaders of churches and Christian organizations asking, “What do we do?” Here are five things you need to practice to lead in this ever changing world. 1. Capacity to be an adaptive leader begins with a humble spirit. A humble spirit attaches itself to the mastery of new skills … Continue reading

1 Simple Solution for Reaching People

By: Jock Ficken

“So, did you grow up around here?” I was in North Dakota. Gail and I were driving home from vacation. (Beautiful drive!) It’s a question I often ask when meeting waiters, hotel staff…folks pausing long enough for a brief intersection of stories. A chance for me to listen to a bit of their story, often … Continue reading

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Mission Teams: More Concerned with the Team or the Mission?

By: Jock Ficken

Why Leading Today is So Difficult In defense of the pastors and leaders! We have a few other articles (read them here and here) that have focused on the mission challenge before leaders of the church in this post Christendom age. If we’re not careful it can produce a “somebody should do something” bromide that … 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

How to Reach the World that’s Stopped Coming to Church

By: Jock Ficken

There’s a growing discontent that adults in their 20s, 30s and even 40s are mostly absent in our churches…and maybe absent from faith in Christ. Many are discouraged that large portions of most communities have no interest in what’s inside the church. A while ago I started the “napkin test” on the two entry paths … Continue reading

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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

Reaching People…Why it’s so Difficult Today

By: Jock Ficken

It’s much more difficult to reach the average American with the Gospel today than it was 50 years ago. Let me illustrate with a variation of the Engle scale…popularized by Dr. James Engle decades ago. “1” is a person with no faith and quite far in their journey to becoming a Christian.   “10” is … Continue reading

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2 Prayers of a Mission Field

By: Jock Ficken

Read the prayer. Take the quiz. Distribute to a group of your friends. Compare your answers The Prayer Dr. Robert Newton, former missionary to the Philippines and current district president and PLI Board member, explained that when they were missionaries in the Philippines they would kneel down, hold hands and pray the essence of these … Continue reading

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Those Emerging Young Adults have Names

By: Jock Ficken

The narrow, rickety bridge to Generation Z is being washed away because we’ve lost their parents! Thanks for spreading the word about 1000 Young Leaders. Gail and I are so pleased to introduce Phil and Kyrie to you as they join in leading 1000 Young Leaders. Here are two big things! All those emerging adults … Continue reading

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