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Evidence for the Need for a Vibrant 2030 Church

By: Jock Ficken

A few months ago we sounded the alarm that there won’t be much left of the established church in the U.S. by 2030…a why we can’t stay “here.” We offered a snapshot of what an emerging, vibrant church might look like in 2030…a picture of “there.” We did our best to invite you as a … Continue reading

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The Church Needs 2 Types of Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Whether woman or man, baptized or clergy, you most likely align with one of these two: NEW, YOUNG LEADERS You’re new to the leadership thing. Younger. Newer. Short track record. Genuine. You’re eager…or reluctant. You’ve been… Elected. Called. Nominated. Recruited. Convinced. Whatever! (You might be a 1000 Young Leader…link) Your eye is likely on the … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020!

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Allow us a simple word of thanks. You show up to lead almost every day in your congregation.  Easy or not Experiencing joys or not Trends up and to the right or not We’d simply like to say thanks. You’ve read our vision of what an emerging vibrant church might look like in 2030 over … Continue reading

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A Christmas Poem

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

We thought you would enjoy this as a wonderful Christmas reflection from Tanner Olson. Tanner is an author, speaker and poet who goes by the name Written to Speak. He is currently available to come speak at your school, church, or organization. Visit www.writtentospeak.com for more information! Tanner’s wife Sarah is a member of the … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to join 1,000 Young Leaders

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A very blessed Christmas season to you! One of our 1,000 Young Leaders penned the following in her journal. Read the reflections of a young woman who is being discipled to become a missionary where she lives, works and plays. Three simple observations:  Notice the optimism, the enthusiasm! Listen to how she’s already benefited during the first … Continue reading

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If not you, then who?

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

You’ve read our 2030 reality for the established church! (here and here). You’ve considered our snapshot of a vibrant 2030 church that has emerged! You’ve done well. It was not easy reading the last few months. We have some easier reflection and review today. A bit of a break. We’ll go back to where we … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, part 7 of 7: Indigenous Leaders

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

First, thank you for participating in Giving Tuesday. Joyfully, over $20,000 has already been given! If you haven’t made a gift, could I invite you to make one now? We are stretched to help the church of today become the church of tomorrow and the church of tomorrow be a vibrant church! …in 2030! The 7th … Continue reading

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Grateful for You this Thanksgiving!

By: Sherrah Behrens

Greetings dear friends,  Thank you so much for your love and care for the mission of PLI. Through the generosity and love of so many; our ministry continues to take on greater value and scope. Locally and globally! PLI is helping the church of today become the church of tomorrow. And the church of tomorrow … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, part 6 of 7: Theological Education

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A vibrant church has emerged in the United States in 2030. The hinge that swung the door toward a vibrant future hung on everyday followers of Jesus learning to disciple others to follow Jesus. Contrary to popular imagination a decade earlier, theological education in 2030 has become more important and more widespread.   The shift from … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 5 of 7: Life-Giving Networks

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

No one gets there on their own! This was the common theme a decade ago when leaders and congregations started charting new, hope-filled courses toward 2030.  They knew the stakes were high.  They knew the sense of loss of the treasured, the familiar, would be overwhelming at times in congregations. They knew that they didn’t … Continue reading

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