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7 Pandemic Essentials and 8 Ways to Stabilize Congregational Giving

By: Jock Ficken

Again, thanks for leading. For praying, communicating, guiding, listening, remembering the mission. Allow me six leader guesses… You’re starting to realize COVID-19 and “shelter in place” isn’t going away quickly and could be around for months or years. You have some regrets about pre COVID-19 decisions you made…or didn’t make…as a leader or as a … Continue reading

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3 Different Leaders. 3 Different Results.

By: Jock Ficken

There’s really only one way to get to a vibrant 2030 church… no matter your tactics or plan. The journey requires stepping into the chasm.

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The Church Needs 2 Types of Leaders

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 1000 Young Leader…link) Your eye is likely on the … Continue reading

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20 More Reasons Your Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now

By: Jock Ficken

For 20 years PLI has been a big fan of pastors and their spouses! We’re eager to invest in them, to see their congregations vital and reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus. It might seem counter-intuitive to make a list of 20 reasons your pastor may not finish well 40 years from now and to … Continue reading

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20 Reasons Your New Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now   

By: Jock Ficken

20 years ago PLI began with a simple equation… When pastors and spouses become better, healthier leaders The people they lead benefit, and The congregation has greater capacity to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. Explore how the 1,000 Young Leaders Initiative can partner with your organization to extend the reach of the gospel … Continue reading

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5 More Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I got right. Here’s 5 more that come to mind. After 5 things I wish I had learned sooner My 5 biggest mistakes. 5 more things we got right: 1 – WE DIDN’T RUN WHEN THINGS WERE DIFFICULT. Leaders need to lead for the sake of the Mission of … Continue reading

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5 Things I Got Right as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I served in a Chicago-area congregation for 25 years. We arrived on the 125th anniversary. Left at the 150th anniversary. I already shared 5 Things I Wish I had Learned Sooner and My 5 Biggest Mistakes. Here are 5 things we got right as leaders: 1 – LOVED THE PEOPLE. We listened to the stories. Lots … Continue reading

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My 5 Biggest Mistakes

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I wish I had learned sooner. Here are my 5 biggest mistakes as a congregational leader: 1 – INVEST IN LEADERS. I didn’t consistently invest in leaders. Didn’t disciple them to be better women and men who followed Jesus. Better leaders. More character and faith. Greater competency. I encouraged … Continue reading

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5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Congregational Leader: “Leadership Essentials is the first place in my entire life I saw a healthy way to deal with conflict.”  – Leader in New England “What you celebrate you accelerate.” Here are Three Questions… Which of the 5 did you learn quicker … Continue reading

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5 Facts about Congregational Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Five facts about congregational leaders. Most leaders overestimate what can be accomplished in 3 months and underestimate what can be accomplished in 3 years. Most leaders avoid the single, large, “this we must do” challenge and distract themselves with familiar, sometimes unproductive work. Most leaders could better connect with unchurched people by inviting them into … Continue reading

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