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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 2 of 7: Making Disciples for Life

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

No one single shift did more to change what emerged as a vibrant church in 2030 than the rapid development of relational discipleship/apprenticeship. A disciple investing their time, energy, skills, and life in others to make better followers of Jesus.  It’s hard to imagine that a decade earlier it would have been unusual for most … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Christian Church in the U.S. in 2030 Part 1 of 7

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Two weeks ago we shared that the institutional church, possibly Christianity in general, will be a whisper, mostly a shadow, in the U.S. by 2030. But, there’s good news in 2030 of a small, vibrant, emerging Christian church in the U.S. It’s certainly the work of the Spirit breathing breath into dry bones (Ezekiel 37). … Continue reading

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U-Haul Truck

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

By 2030 much of the institutional church in the U.S. will have significantly collapsed. We’re not wishing it to go away. It just is. It’s exponentially accelerating toward that juncture now! You can tell that we’re not campaigning to win a popular vote right now! It’s incumbent upon us to help give birth to what … Continue reading

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The Christian Church in 2030

By: Jock Ficken

For Gail and me, here’s our sobering reality: By 2030 the Christian landscape in the United States will be mostly cleared. Historic denominations will be a whisper of what they once were…by 2030. Congregations gone. Many more will be simply shadows of what they once were…by 2030. The Christian “footprint” of the people of God will … Continue reading

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Introducing New PLI Team Members

By: Jock Ficken

God is moving through PLI in ways that are “more than we could ask or imagine.” We have once again experienced our largest enrollments in PLI this year. 1000 Young Leaders has had a strong launch. And our international presence has been deepening work around the world. We are in awe of what God is … Continue reading

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20 More Reasons Your Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now

By: Jock Ficken

For 20 years PLI has been a big fan of pastors and their spouses! We’re eager to invest in them, to see their congregations vital and reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus. It might seem counter-intuitive to make a list of 20 reasons your pastor may not finish well 40 years from now and to … Continue reading

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20 Reasons Your New Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now   

By: Jock Ficken

20 years ago PLI began with a simple equation… When pastors and spouses become better, healthier leaders The people they lead benefit, and The congregation has greater capacity to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. Explore how the 1,000 Young Leaders Initiative can partner with your organization to extend the reach of the gospel … Continue reading

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5 More Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I got right. Here’s 5 more that come to mind. After 5 things I wish I had learned sooner My 5 biggest mistakes. 5 more things we got right: 1 – WE DIDN’T RUN WHEN THINGS WERE DIFFICULT. Leaders need to lead for the sake of the Mission of … Continue reading

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5 Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I served in a Chicago-area congregation for 25 years. We arrived on the 125th anniversary. Left at the 150th anniversary. I already shared 5 Things I Wish I had Learned Sooner and My 5 Biggest Mistakes. Here are 5 things we got right as leaders: 1 – LOVED THE PEOPLE. We listened to the stories. Lots … Continue reading

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How About Crazy Hope

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need hope to lead and venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory. No hope? No action! And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope! I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because they experience… New Hope that leads to … Continue reading

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