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Making Courageous Choices

By: Jock Ficken

Most congregations fail to appreciate the impact that their current decisions (or the lack thereof) will have on future ministry. Many of the churches helplessly skidding down the decline side of the curve  chose not to take on their greatest challenge some years earlier. (Read last week’s post, Rebirth and Renewal.) Some of these congregations … Continue reading

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Rebirth and Renewal

By: Jock Ficken

Congregations have life cycles, just like people. Birth Growth Decline Death …or… Renewal or Rebirth No secrets here… most congregations are on the decline side of the curve. Few have imagined how many churches will die in the next decade. So, let me speak to what I hope is a growing group of courageous champions. … Continue reading

An Inspiring Leader

By: Jock Ficken

This week we have learning communities in Panama City, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and in a country in Eurasia. Join us in praying a blessing upon each of the participants. Bob Buford died last month. 78. CEO of Buford Television Founder of Leadership Network Author of Halftime Tireless champion of church leaders Lost his only son … Continue reading

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Don’t Go It Alone

By: Jock Ficken

These simple words were spoken to a room full of young pastoral couples. They were well seasoned words marked with wisdom, insight and experience! Here’s the essence. See if there’s a good word or two for you today! “Don’t go it alone! “People…leaders…get off track when they go it alone. “They become legends in their … Continue reading

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Adaptive Leadership: Five Things You Need To Practice To Lead In This Ever Changing World

By: Sarah Greiner

Change is happening at an unprecedented rate, leaving leaders of churches and Christian organizations asking, “What do we do?” Here are five things you need to practice to lead in this ever changing world. 1. Capacity to be an adaptive leader begins with a humble spirit. A humble spirit attaches itself to the mastery of new skills … Continue reading

1 Simple Solution for Reaching People

By: Jock Ficken

“So, did you grow up around here?” I was in North Dakota. Gail and I were driving home from vacation. (Beautiful drive!) It’s a question I often ask when meeting waiters, hotel staff…folks pausing long enough for a brief intersection of stories. A chance for me to listen to a bit of their story, often … Continue reading

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Mission Teams: More Concerned with the Team or the Mission?

By: Jock Ficken

Why Leading Today is So Difficult In defense of the pastors and leaders! We have a few other articles (read them here and here) that have focused on the mission challenge before leaders of the church in this post Christendom age. If we’re not careful it can produce a “somebody should do something” bromide that … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Difficult

By: Jock Ficken

I’m not exactly sure when I first put the pieces together that leading is difficult…even when we think it’s going to be difficult. Big things are difficult: Turnaround churches Planting churches Focusing on the future…those outside the church…and not the past. Not just us. Difficult! And all more difficult than I might have imagined. Seemingly … Continue reading

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Time, Vision & Grace: Three Things You Need to Get Out of the Pit

By: Sarah Greiner

Isolation is a familiar word to those in the pit. Whether inflicted or perceived, isolation is crippling to God’s invitation to build something deeper and stronger out of the pit experience. (Read You’re in The Pit: Three things to do while you’re there.) Through relationships, time, vision and grace can be offered to help you … Continue reading

How to Reach the World that’s Stopped Coming to Church

By: Jock Ficken

There’s a growing discontent that adults in their 20s, 30s and even 40s are mostly absent in our churches…and maybe absent from faith in Christ. Many are discouraged that large portions of most communities have no interest in what’s inside the church. A while ago I started the “napkin test” on the two entry paths … Continue reading

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