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Words for Your Leadership Soul

By: Jock Ficken

This week I want to offer some good words for your leadership soul… and the souls of your leaders! Last week, I started reading/listening to the Gospel of Matthew with my friend Eugene Peterson’s The Message. Allow me to simply offer this to you today. I’ve gone back to it a number of times. And, … Continue reading

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Get Started Right in 2022

By: Jock Ficken

Things you may not know about PLI…  We will add over 1,000 new leaders in our international training in 2022! That’s double from last year! Multipli accelerates individuals to become competent and confident mission-focused impact makers in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and wherever they go. Thanks to generous PLI donors (like you!) we gift a full … Continue reading

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An Easy Winner with Long Term Payoffs

By: Jock Ficken

Are you a pastor? You might be in the 51% (Barna) that’s seriously thinking about leaving the ministry and taking on a new career path! (More on that next week!) We know firsthand the challenges that come with being in full-time ministry, and we know how important it is to find time for rest and … Continue reading

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Lead with Courage and Resilience

By: Jock Ficken

Jesus came to transform the world. How did it happen that as His followers, when faced with adversity, we drift away from transformational influence and simply aim to survive? To take care of ourselves? Bottom line: When congregations face change, they need leaders who have the character and capacity to face resistance. In most congregations … Continue reading

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“Let Down Monday”…and a Genesis Leader Webinar that Could Help

By: Jock Ficken

I’m a pastor, a leader.  For 25 years, I was a pastor-leader. (It never fully occurred to me that I, with our team, shepherded an entire generation in that congregation into heaven over those years until Gail mentioned it!) But, for more than a few of those 25 years, I suffered from “let down Monday.” … Continue reading

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The Gap between Intentions and Action

By: Jock Ficken

I am absolutely excited about Gail’s rollout of Multipli last week. If you haven’t yet… watch the video introduction: If you didn’t… read Gail’s blog from last week. If you haven’t… sign up or or recommend someone for Genesis leader. The bottom line:  I’m seeing people all over the place who are stuck and have … Continue reading

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Announcing Genesis Leader

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

We are absolutely excited to announce the launch of GENESIS LEADER! If you’re a pastor, can you remember each time that you’ve exhorted the congregational community to be the everyday missionaries where they live and work and play? And then you didn’t know what to do to actually train and coach and support them in … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Leaders Don’t Lead and Churches Don’t Change

By: Jock Ficken

It feels like every conversation I have these days, leaders are saying, “We need to adapt!” OR “Why isn’t someone at the top doing something?” OR “We really don’t know quite where to go but we know we can’t stay here.” I’ve been thinking about this a bit. Interestingly, it’s taken me back to some … Continue reading

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A Look at (almost) Post-Pandemic Ministry in Suburban Boston

By: Jock Ficken

An Interview with Eric Sahlberg I recently sat down with Pastor Eric Sahlberg to talk about leading on the other side (almost?) of the pandemic in suburban Boston. Eric is succeeding a gifted, long-tenured pastor who recently retired. COVID disrupted the smooth transition that was planned. Eric is humble, thoughtful, a champion of D2MC and … Continue reading

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Community in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah & Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we started a conversation with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner. We explored how each of them has led in the uncertain times of a pandemic that shuttered their church and school. Today I’d like to pull the lens out a bit beyond COVID and look at the challenges almost all of our churches … Continue reading

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