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7 Common Mistakes Made When Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we compared remembering the past for nostalgia or for future vision. Practically speaking, most of us are not able to pursue a compelling God-inspired future vision without first … Continue reading

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Vision vs. Nostalgia

By: Jock Ficken

PLI is marking its 25th anniversary of training leaders to be healthier, better leaders for the sake of the mission of God. God wants His lost people found! And He … Continue reading

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The Wind of the Spirit Fund

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared my conversation with Cheryl Gieseke, a champion for PLI and young pastors and spouses. Last week we discussed the process Cheryl used to … Continue reading

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“PLI Checked All the Boxes”: Continuing the Conversation with Cheryl Gieseke

By: Jock Ficken

This week I’m continuing my conversation with Cheryl Gieseke, a champion for young pastors and spouses. But first, a word from one of the young pastors who has benefited from … Continue reading

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Meet a Champion for Young Pastors and Spouses

By: Jock Ficken

Today I want to look at the formation of young pastors and spouses, after three weeks of looking at how two PLI pastors prepared for and finished well, the incredible … Continue reading

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Leading While Leaving: An Interview with Mark Zehnder

By: Jock Ficken

Mark and Sharon Zehnder have been longtime champions of PLI. Mentors. Donors. Sharon was on staff for some years. Mark served as senior pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, for many years … Continue reading

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Building a Foundation that Will Live On

By: Jock Ficken

PLI has always placed a high value on a husband and wife learning together. Last week we listened in on the transition to retirement of Pastor Steve Sohns and Pastor … Continue reading

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Some Wisdom on Retirement for Leaders Who Aren’t Ready to Retire

By: Jock Ficken

Back in 2022 I shared a TED talk about the four stages of retirement and the things that those who aren’t ready to retire can still learn. I admit that … Continue reading

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The Christmas Two-Thirds

By: Jock Ficken

I just read that for two-thirds of us, our emotional health gets worse during the Christmas season. That would mean that two-thirds of the people you saw coming and going … Continue reading

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Reflections on Retirement

By: Jock Ficken

By now you’ve seen PLI Board Chairman Lynn Thomsen’s announcement of my retirement in August 2024. I so much appreciate the caliber and character of PLI’s Board of Directors and … Continue reading

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