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Archive for the ‘Celebrate’ Category

To the Little-Known Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Most ministry leaders are not well known outside their local setting. Their fame is not widely traveled. Their stature is the product of wise decisions and godly behavior. They lead with character. They live with hope. They set their sights on what needs to get done…even when it’s difficult. No excuses! Just simple resolve. They … Continue reading

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Celebrate God’s Work around the World

By: Jock Ficken

Please allow me to use this space to do more of an update about PLI and its work than I would usually do in this space! Last week, PLI was training in: Ghana with our first trained trainer from Uganda on the team! That means this leader has been through a Learning Community and then … Continue reading

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Try Having a Little Fun Together

By: Jock Ficken

Every high performing team that I’ve ever experienced or led learned how to: Have FUN together, or Build COMMUNITY together, or CELEBRATE together or Do ALL THREE together, and do them well. Here’s the reality: 80% of American churches are declining. Some are rapidly declining. 16% of American churches are growing. 4% of American churches are reproducing… … Continue reading

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A Simple Word & A Simple Story

By: Jock Ficken

I’m prompted to offer a simple word and a simple story. The Word Thanks! Thanks for the sacrifices and risks that you make for the Gospel to be shared with people who don’t live in His grace. Thanks for being faithful. Thanks for serving and leading when it would be easier to comply and coast. … Continue reading

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A Year Like No Other!

By: Jock Ficken

You make PLI happen! Thank you. You’re a participant. A champion. A donor. A coach. An international partner. A tireless advocate and encourager. You’re a Leader! And…you make PLI happen. So, thank you. We wanted to share with the PLI family the fruits of your investment—and did I mention—say thank you. There’s a high probability … Continue reading

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A Gift of Rest & Thanks

By: Jock Ficken

I am so excited to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving… and to share this gift with you! You know that the PLI family places great value on you and loves you. Two of our generous partners have again offered you a getaway as their gift. One in Texas. One in North Carolina. They know its … Continue reading

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The Faces of our 1,000 Young Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Here’s what I see: I see the faces of hope…in these 1,000 Young Leaders! A couple weeks ago cars and airplanes delivered these missionary pioneers to Nashville. Some were veterans of the fully online weekly training. Some were newly started. Some well on their way. They are all part of the largest adult generation in the … Continue reading

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4 Memories of Leading at Christmas Eve

By: Jock Ficken

A blessed Christmas Eve 2020! 2020 is its own unique adjective for Christmas this year.  It’s an understatement to say that no matter where you are, celebrating the birth of Jesus is different this year. Here are 4 memories I have of Christmas Eve: 1. I remember our first Christmas Eve together. (My favorite.) Gail … Continue reading

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A Christmas Poem

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

We thought you would enjoy this as a wonderful Christmas reflection from Tanner Olson. Tanner is an author, speaker and poet who goes by the name Written to Speak. He is currently available to come speak at your school, church, or organization. Visit www.writtentospeak.com for more information! Tanner’s wife Sarah is a member of the … Continue reading

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Introducing New PLI Team Members

By: Jock Ficken

God is moving through PLI in ways that are “more than we could ask or imagine.” We have once again experienced our largest enrollments in PLI this year. 1000 Young Leaders has had a strong launch. And our international presence has been deepening work around the world. We are in awe of what God is … Continue reading

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