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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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My 5 Biggest Mistakes

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I wish I had learned sooner. Here are my 5 biggest mistakes as a congregational leader: 1 – INVEST IN LEADERS. I didn’t consistently invest in leaders. Didn’t disciple them to be better women and men who followed Jesus. Better leaders. More character and faith. Greater competency. I encouraged … Continue reading

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5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Congregational Leader: “Leadership Essentials is the first place in my entire life I saw a healthy way to deal with conflict.”  – Leader in New England “What you celebrate you accelerate.” Here are Three Questions… Which of the 5 did you learn quicker … Continue reading

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Celebrate True Freedom

By: Jock Ficken

As we celebrate America’s Independence Day, remember and celebrate where true freedom comes from: Christ crucified and resurrected. God’s blessings to you on this holiday weekend!

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