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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Three Reasons to Get Started

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 10 reasons you should invite 10 people to check out 1,000 Young Leaders and Multipli’s Genesis Leader. I want you to think about those 10 people for a moment. Send them a text, or give them a call. Tell them what you see in them. Listen to what they say. Encourage … Continue reading

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Leading through Service

By: Jock Ficken

Across PLI, I see leaders who are masters at leading as servants. They invest in relationships. They know it’s the currency with which they will lead long into the future. They live, they speak, they lead with integrity. Depth of faith. Humility. What they say and what they do? They match. Woven through both is … Continue reading

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Two Types of Leaders that the Church Needs

By: Jock Ficken

Whether woman or man, baptized or clergy, you most likely align with one of these two: NEW, YOUNG LEADERS You’re new to the leadership thing. Younger. Newer. Short track record. Genuine. You’re eager…or reluctant. You’ve been… Elected. Called. Nominated. Recruited. Convinced. Whatever! (You might be a 1,000 Young Leader) Your eye is likely on the … Continue reading

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Stages of Retirement…and What We Can Learn about Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

No matter your age or stage in life—pastor, spouse, esteemed lay leader—I have a short Ted Talk, “The 4 Stages of Retirement,” that I want to recommend. First, a bit of context…  Our Reality I’m obviously a big fan of 1,000 Young Leaders and seeing young adults—who know that God is calling them to “something” … Continue reading

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Mistake: I Didn’t Say Thank You Enough

By: Jock Ficken

Churches need leaders…  Because churches often don’t know what to do, and Because they don’t know how to work together to do it! Agree? And, when leaders don’t know what to do… They seek to gain clarity about who they are…personal vision, calling, gifting, passion, etc. Who are they as a child of God and … Continue reading

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I Never Trained Anyone

By: Jock Ficken

If you’ve missed the previous posts in our summer series, you can find them here: Time for Adventure and a Return to Learning The Leadership Adventure Continues Adventures in Relationships Slaying the “It Won’t Work Here” Mindset Earlier this summer, I proposed that we step forward as learners. We’re in a world that none of … Continue reading

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Slaying the “It Won’t Work Here” Mindset

By: Jock Ficken

This summer we’ve invited ourselves to return to a season of adventure and discovery…to admit that all things in leadership and ministry are different. They aren’t what they used to be. We’ve packed a decade (or more?) of change into a handful of months. (It hasn’t really caught up with us or the people we … Continue reading

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Adventures in Relationships

By: Jock Ficken

This is a tricky one: Navigating relationships as a congregational leader in today’s world. You’ve told your teenage kids (if you have them): Show me your 5 best friends and I can tell you where you’re headed. The Apostle Paul said it this way: bad company corrupts good character. (1 Corinthians 15:33) It’s the same … Continue reading

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The Leadership Adventure Continues

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I invited you into a season of adventure and leadership discovery.  But first, this is why it’s important: We’ve had 2 years of everything taking a toll on everyone. Everything changed right in front of us, and accelerated us into a world we could little have imagined. Almost all of us have experienced … Continue reading

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Time for Adventure and a Return to Learning

By: Jock Ficken

The summer of 2022 should be an invitation into adventure for you and me as leaders! “Seriously?” you say. Yes! Adventure…as wide-eyed learners! Set aside the expert “thing” for just a little bit. (A few years back when one of our teenage sons was making a few decisions Gail and I didn’t think were best, … Continue reading

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