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3 Critical Steps to your Best Leadership Future

By: Jock Ficken

As a leader, what if the next 10 years were your best 10 years? No matter your age and stage! The workplace is full of people that have decided that they are too old to make a shift. – William Bridges in Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes You’ve seen a lot about 1000 Young … Continue reading

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64 Things You Might Not Be Good At and What to Do About It!

By: Jock Ficken

It’s a popular myth that every leader should possess the same competencies and skills to be effective and fruitful. They don’t. You don’t. Most congregational leaders are steered into activities they’re not good at and they don’t do well! Congregations suffer because leaders make three common mistakes… Leaders never gain clarity about what stirs deep … Continue reading

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Identity! Capturing Freedom to Lead and to Live

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader I know risks fastening their identity to the wrong thing. Identity might be the most fundamental of leadership building blocks. The Flourishing in Ministry study funded by Lilly Foundation interviewed thousands of pastors. It’s one of their four fundamentals to avoid a lifetime of life depleting ministry. True for the rest of … Continue reading

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3 Simple Requests that Could Change the Trajectory of Your Ministry

By: Jock Ficken

3 simple requests that could change the trajectory of your ministry: Watch the above video and forward it For the Calling of a Generation. Pray for God to raise up young missionary disciples to go where you can’t go and do what you can’t do. Give thanks for the women and men who are faithful … Continue reading

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Mentoring Leads to Life-Enriching Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader needs mentors, coaches, guides to flourish. (For short, we’ll call them mentors.) Remember this? Think of “3” as spiritual apathy and distrusting of church leaders. Think that your leadership task gets increasingly difficult with every widely reported sexual misconduct and cover up noted last week. The Flourishing in Ministry research among thousands … Continue reading

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There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation!

By: Jock Ficken

There’s still good news in your congregation! Of course there is… right?  The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are living out that good news as a response to the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. There’s still good news … Continue reading

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Flourishing in Ministry…It’s all about Relationships!

By: Jock Ficken

Is your ministry life-enriching or life-depleting? Congregational leadership can flourish…be life-enriching and not life-depleting…when four types of relationships are well according to Bloom’s Flourishing in Ministry project. While this was a clergy study, you’ll find easy application to whatever your role. We termed it “Collegiality” last week.  Here are the four critical relationships: Family and … Continue reading

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Are you Flourishing?

By: Jock Ficken

From my perspective the stakes are high! In the next few weeks of summer… New pastors will begin their ministries with anticipation. They will be… life-enriching for some, life-depleting for others. Older pastors will retire. They will have been…life-enriching decades for some, life-depleting for others. Another group? They will quit. Prematurely retire. Change careers. They … Continue reading

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Necessary Endings

By: Jock Ficken

I don’t do endings well. As a leader I tend to perceive ending something I’m leading as tantamount to failing…especially if it’s a big thing. How ironic to talk about necessary endings after Dare to Dream Again and Sharing Your Dream. Here are 4 keys to remember with Endings: Endings can (should?) create opportunity for what’s next. Endings are natural … Continue reading

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Advancing the Dream…4 Things to Remember

By: Jock Ficken

Dreaming new dreams in the ministry of a congregation is the first thing to disappear when a congregation starts to decline and the first thing to reappear when it leans toward a new future or a new season. (Lots of churches trying to “survive” would benefit greatly if they simply started to dream again!) Dreaming is a big thing! … Continue reading

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