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10 Nuggets Worth Learning from Mel and Nolan and their Friend John!

By: Jock Ficken

You read last week the story of Mel and Nolan and their friend John. John wasn’t sure God existed. He definitely didn’t believe God cared. John was alone. He didn’t trust the church. Enter 1000YL Mel and Nolan. They notice John. Sense the prompting of God. Genuine in their friendship. They become good news to … Continue reading

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Melissa & Nolan’s Story

By: Jock Ficken

The world has changed. There are 73.4 million millennials. Most are gone from our churches. 1000 Young Leaders seeks to train millennial missionaries to their own generation. A vibrant 2030 church will see the baptized people of God owning the mission of God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. You’ll like this 1000YL story. Meet … Continue reading

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2030 Pioneering while Living Up to Expectations

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we began to pursue how to make sense of getting from “here” to “there” in 2030.  Here’s the Dilemma There are roughly 350,000 churches in the United States and the vast, vast majority are focused on serving the 25% (and rapidly shrinking!) of the population identified as practicing Christians.  Two fundamental problems result: … Continue reading

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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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