PLI is devoted to empowering pastors, spouses and other church leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their congregations. Learn more about our vision and process here.


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We provide a number of resources and materials to educate both our participants and the general public on effective leadership principles.


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PLI International

Vibrant Communities

The History of PLI International

PLI was born in 1998. Word of the transformational training traveled fast and less than four years later, PLI was requested to bring its leadership training to the Lutheran Church of Korea (LCK). By 2005, the Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) began the training process and in 2006, the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod (LCHKS) asked to be trained. At that point, Dr. Norb Oesch, having just retired from leading PLI, was asked to form PLI International (PLII), and to take over leadership of the international arm with the provision that PLI International would be self-funded and self-led. Dr. Oesch did so, and led PLII until December of 2010, at which time Dr. Scott Rische took the leadership of PLII in January of 2011.

By 2014, PLII had completed training in Korea, Ghana, Hong Kong, and the East of Lake Victoria Diocese in Tanzania. In 2015, training by PLII took place in Ethiopia, Kenya, Central China, the Philippines, Latvia, in two different dioceses in Tanzania, and in Southeastern China. A total of 533 pastors, evangelists, leaders, and their spouses took part in training provided by PLII in 2015.

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Vibrant Communities. Deeper Connections. Wider Influence.

As a part of PLI, PLI-International exists to create vibrant communities where training and learning in missional leadership can be brought to pastors and their spouses, where deeper connections can be developed and nurtured between pastors and their spouses, pastors and their congregations, pastors and other pastors and denominational leadership, and where wider influence can be realized as pastors are able to effectively lead their congregations in connecting people to Jesus, as well as to inspire and help church bodies to create indigenous models of leadership development for the purpose of multiplying missional leaders, churches and missional movements, within their countries.

PLI International Today

In 2016, training will have taken place in:
  • China
  • Uganda
  • Ethiopia
  • Central Asia
  • Tanzania
  • Brazil
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Indonesia

Additional training also took place in the Philippines in April in order that they can take the PLII training to the congregational level of their church bodies.  PLII has also received and accepted an invitation to begin PLII in Russian in 2017, with other Southeast Asia countries showing interesting in PLII as well.

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Our Team

Scott F. Rische

International Leader

Scott and Lori Ann have been married for 31 years. They have four children and a growing number of grandchildren. Scott’s passion in life is to see people come into a faith relationship with Christ, and to encourage believers to live fully in and live out their relationship with Jesus. Scott’s calling is to encourage, develop, and mentor leaders for Christ’s Church. Scott is a private pilot and enjoys flying, music, woodworking, and anything outdoor.

Prior to his calling to serve as director of PLII in 2011, Scott served as a church planter, lead pastor and director of church planting ministry. Scott and Lor Ann have lived in Shenzhen, China since 2013.

Lori A. Rische

International Women’s Leader

In her role as Women’s Director of the International arm of PLI, Lori enjoys encouraging and blessing the women of PLIl as they partner with their husbands and faithfully lead. Lori passes on her passion and love of learning to those she works with. Seeing families and especially children grow in knowledge is a real perk of the job! She has served in the education field for over 30 years in various roles including: Preschool & Primary school teacher, Director of Children’s Ministries, PLI International Partner teacher and Vice Principle at Buena Vista Concordia International School in Shenzhen, China. In her free time Lori enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and relaxes with craft projects at home.

Artis Eglitis

European Development Leader

Artis and his wife reside in Latvia.  His job is to provide leadership for the extension of PLII throughout northern Europe, the Baltics, and Scandinavia.