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Change Is Hard for Me

By: Phil Klopke

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to make change in your life? I have. The gap between the change I want to see and the actual change I experience is often wide, especially when it’s done in isolation. To experience real, life transforming change in your life you need a community that … Continue reading


The Conspiracy of Silence… The Leader’s Biggest Mistake

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders across the church…not all leaders but plenty of leaders, women and men, denominational officials, pastors, God-fearing leaders…they don’t speak up and define: Here’s our reality. Here’s what this means. Here’s the big challenge in front of us. Maybe because they… “When you put a name on your reality you now have the capacity to … Continue reading

10 Learnings to Lead Change and a Plan for if Next Year is not 1989

By: Jock Ficken

In my early leadership years, Lyle Schaller, a mentor from afar, used to say something like: If next year is 1989, there’s a lot of churches that are primed and ready to go! But if next year is 2019…. 1000 Young Leaders will deploy missionary disciples from your congregation to help you take on your … Continue reading


5 Ways to Make “THIS is THAT” Work

By: Jock Ficken

Reaching the emerging generation that’s left the church is an adaptive challenge. A 74.3 million adaptive challenge! Most congregations don’t “do” adaptive challenge well. They swat them away and then find a scapegoat leader to blame. (Check out Leadership Essentials where we train adaptive leaders.) It’s no secret that PLI is trying to help you and … Continue reading

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Lean back. Have a Smile. Watch Kristin and Zach.

By: Jock Ficken

A little lighter fare this week. You read last week in Leadership Between the Rock and The Hard Place Virginia’s question: “Is there a group in Sioux City like that for me?” (Where I can discover with others that God loves me.) If you missed it… click back and read it. So, today… Lean back. … Continue reading

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Pockets and Places

By: Sarah Greiner

“I’m in church work so I’m around christians all day. It’s not possible for me to meet people who don’t know Jesus.” Sound familiar? We often perceive roadblocks to living missionally and feel stuck in the circles of the church world. PLI believes that God opens up possibilities for relationship with lost and broken people … Continue reading

Leadership Between the Rock and the Hard Place – The 3 Questions to Ask

By: Jock Ficken

The Rock It’s the numbers. Specifically worship attendance and offerings. As if they were an adequate and complete indicator of spiritual growth, discipleship, mission engagement in the community or with young generations…including the “nones.” I value measurements but they’re just incomplete. They insulate churches from the hard “think like a missionary” choices desperately needed that … Continue reading


The 2 Most Important Things You Can Say to an Emerging Adult

By: Jock Ficken

1000 Young Leaders launches this fall intent on deploying everyday, ordinary indigenous missionaries within their own generation. Learning how to understand and build trust so there’s traction for the truth of the Gospel to be shared. So, what if you pick out a couple of promising young adults. (Add yourself to the list if you … Continue reading

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Will the Next 10 Years be the most Fruitful?

By: Jock Ficken

What does it take for the next 10 years to be the most fruitful 10 years of your leadership life? Like last week, it will include… Necessary Endings New beginnings A “not so easy” journey through the Muddled Middle or Neutral Zone Do these well in your church? Change gets easier. Do these well personally … Continue reading

Six Energy Outputs for Top Level Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership takes energy. However if you’re like me you don’t have a never ending supply. Here are six places to focus your energy that will multiply your efforts. 1 Enter New Territory. Build relationships with spiritual sojourners outside your ministry context.  You’ll gain insight that can unlock a mission future. AND be nimble. The culture changes … Continue reading

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