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Impact of PLI 2017 Infographic

By: Sarah Greiner

How to Successfully Invite People to Your Church

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last several decades, churches that experienced steady or rapid growth and people coming to faith in Jesus had congregational members who joyfully invited their friends, family, and neighbors to come to church. Several things were essential: People had relationships with people who didn’t attend a church. They were motivated by the love of … Continue reading

They Call it the Silent Exodus

By: Jock Ficken

Some interesting facts: 70% of 1st generation Korean immigrants are churched. 95% of 2nd generation Koreans are unchurched by the time they enter college, making them one of the most unreached people groups in American cities. They call it the Silent Exodus. Gone. Immigrant churches are torn between tradition and language and practice from the … Continue reading

What do you measure?

By: Jock Ficken

Most churches measure average worship attendance each year. Offerings, too. Easter Sunday…for most the largest Sunday attendance of the year…gives a decided boost to the average. And the Sunday after Easter? For most it’s one of the lowest. An average attendance blow and a discouragement to the leaders who count. Most of us, no matter … Continue reading

5 Ways to Increase Impact and Sustainability Serving “Outside the Walls”

By: Jock Ficken

Getting outside the church walls to serve and represent the love of Jesus to people around you is a difficult step for many churches and many of us as individuals. I used to see it as an unnecessary drain of volunteer hours desperately needed to man the programs inside our church. And today’s emerging adults … Continue reading

Not So Perfect Family on Mission

By: Sarah Greiner

Hi there. My name is Sarah, and I’ve a missional story for you. It began like this…I was a bit nervous about my kids’ behaviour when I invited her over. This mom and her two kids were new to our area and I wanted to get to know them. As my youngest came up for … Continue reading

Discipling is not for Experts

By: Sarah Greiner

When I asked Tricia Foster, PLI alumni and discipleship huddle leader, what things Jesus taught her about discipleship through leading huddles, the first thing she said was “You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to have a disciple.” This is a bit earth shattering. Jesus had disciples and I’d say he was an expert. … Continue reading

Good Leaders Create Pain

By: Jock Ficken

Good leaders create pain for themselves and for those they lead from time to time. I was challenged a long time ago not to reduce my ministry leadership to the lowest common denominator where No one gets upset, It costs no one anything, Irrelevance and ineffectiveness get a passing grade. What a gift! It’s not … Continue reading

The 500 Faces of PLI

By: Gail Ficken

Meet some of the 500 leaders in PLI this year. Several weeks ago, you met some of the babies of PLI! A few more showed up in Chicago last week! This week I’d like to give you a snapshot of the women and men who gathered in our Learning Communities this spring…250 leaders in the … 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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