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Will freelancing become normal for pastors and other ministry leaders in the church?

By: Jock Ficken

,Last week I referenced a “broken” or “soon to be broken” ministry/business model and that churches will be faced with how to: Aggressively live out the Mission of God to an emerging generation AND Cut the costs of operating congregational ministry. Very few churches do these two well… Very few churches do these two well and secure or maintain … Continue reading

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Kale and Campbell’s Soup…3 Questions Leaders Should Ask

By: Jock Ficken

Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow…let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge… (Genesis 41) Joseph had time to prepare Egypt, and God provided a season of abundance…before the famine! Russ Bredholt has been only an occasional … Continue reading

Mary Magdalene’s Three Tips for Pastors

By: Jock Ficken

Sharon, my Mary Magdalene for the morning, was my shuttle driver between airport and hotel. Thirty minutes, just the two of us. She…a talker! Me…not so much. It was quickly obvious that Sharon was a representative of the growing majority of people in most communities that have clicked the “not interested in church” button. I decided … Continue reading

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The Wright Brothers Soft Landings… 3 Things I Learned

By: Jock Ficken

The Wright Brothers chose Kitty Hawk, NC, for their flying experiments. It had: Wind Good weather Sand dunes…. for soft landings Soft landings…for when their experiments failed!   God seems to be providing unprecedented opportunities for wider Gospel influence for the people of God in the chaos of our current culture, but…   …if most churches are … Continue reading

My Mom, the Sears Catalogue, and the Church

By: Jock Ficken

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26) My 88-year-old mom had selected those words of Jesus for her funeral text sometime after my dad died 30 years ago. … Continue reading

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Time to Grit your Teeth and get in the Local Mission

By: Jock Ficken

So many–pastors, churches, women, men–who intentionally enter some slice of their community to represent Jesus and respond to the mission of God start by gritting their teeth and finally giving it a try. They’ve heard about it, talked about it, prayed about it, but never did anything about it. There is a lot of talk, … Continue reading

Why Can’t I Disciple Leaders Like Jesus and Paul?

By: Jock Ficken

If the church is going to recapture the mission zeal of the New Testament or the mission zeal demonstrated in much of our own history, it will need to be able to navigate a significant shift from… recruiting volunteers to serve to discipling leaders for mission. Simple enough, right?  More and more the Mission of God will … Continue reading

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Three Essentials to Finishing Well

By: Jock Ficken

People who start well…oftentimes don’t finish well. And that includes ministries and ministry careers! I’m a football fan, and, in particular, a Cornhusker (a fading glory, I know!). A couple of decades ago, before the national championship seasons, Nebraska started each game well–they dominated, dictated direction for most of the game–only to see it evaporate and … Continue reading

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You Could Do This…3 Simple Steps

By: Jock Ficken

You could do this! I’m sure little Nathan’s parents gave him a “you could do this” for his entreprenurial adventure. Nathan wanted to earn some money in the neighborhood. His budding career started well, meeting a neighborhood need, but it came to a quick conclusion when he discovered he really didn’t like walking dogs. More … Continue reading

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