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Acceptance. Grace. Forgiveness. For You.

By: Jock Ficken

Maundy Thursday today. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39) Good Friday tomorrow. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46) Easter! Sunday! The resurrection of the Son of God who…suffered … Continue reading

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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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3 Do I Have What It Takes? Part 3

By: Jock Ficken

When you do the hard work of self leadership you end up doing more of… the stuff that stirs your soul. the stuff that you want to spend the rest of your life doing. the stuff you’re flat out uniquely good at doing. You beat back the natural, creeping, “Do I Have What It Takes?” … Continue reading

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Do I Have What it Takes? Part 2

By: Jock Ficken

When someone starts a small business, the organizational chart looks a bit like this. Many church leaders function the same way! The vast majority of congregational leaders have similar org charts and “me” in boxes where they don’t fit. Too many times we’re “filling slots” because “somebody needs to do it.” And no one has … Continue reading

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Do I Have What It Takes?…The 3 Reasons You Question Your Ability to Lead

By: Jock Ficken

Do I have what it takes to lead? It can hit leaders at most any age, most any season. It has hit me… My early years…when harsh realities met naive overconfidence. Conflict. Unreasoned conflict. Obstacles. Major milestone moments. The pit of self doubt. Lacking confidence. Alone. Isolated.   Or, ironically, everything can be going great. … Continue reading

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Is Anyone Out There? Does Anyone Care?

By: Jock Ficken

Do you ever wonder who really cares about you? What you’re doing? The sacrifices you’re making in your congregation so people can grow…be discipled…come to faith? And especially…if you’re the spouse? (I don’t mean that in an impersonal way.) I’m guessing what you do is at risk of being underappreciated. Maybe unthanked. Especially the sacrifices … Continue reading

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3 Simple Reflections and Pictures!

By: Jock Ficken

1 – JOIN THE 1000YOUNGLEADER TEAM IF YOU’RE IN PHOENIX THIS WEEK!  (OR… invite PLI to come share about 1000YL and sending missionaries into the 74.3 million millennial mission field when someone on the PLI team is in your neighborhood.) They’re introducing 1000YoungLeaders at the opening workshop of the Best Practices in Ministry conference at … 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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