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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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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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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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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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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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Rebirth and Renewal

By: Jock Ficken

Congregations have life cycles, just like people. Birth Growth Decline Death …or… Renewal or Rebirth No secrets here… most congregations are on the decline side of the curve. Few have imagined how many churches will die in the next decade. So, let me speak to what I hope is a growing group of courageous champions. … Continue reading

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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Don’t Go It Alone

By: Jock Ficken

These simple words were spoken to a room full of young pastoral couples. They were well seasoned words marked with wisdom, insight and experience! Here’s the essence. See if there’s a good word or two for you today! “Don’t go it alone! “People…leaders…get off track when they go it alone. “They become legends in their … Continue reading

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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