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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Get Into Relationship and Community

By: Jock Ficken

Several years ago we did a series of blogs based on the Notre Dame “Flourishing in Ministry” research and writing. It spoke of having: Funny thing, I process those things … Continue reading

Intercept Entropy

By: Jock Ficken

I occasionally listen to a podcast by John Ortberg. A few months ago he did a series on spiritual disciplines that was good for my soul. I listened again recently. … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Makes a Difference

By: Jock Ficken

This week we continue the interview with Rev. Tim Fangemeier, and get into some more of the details of sabbatical. Read the first part of the interview here. Tim, you … Continue reading

Why You Need a Sabbatical

By: Jock Ficken

Tim Fangmeier has been a champion of sabbaticals for pastors and staff longer than I’ve realized that I’m not invincible! Tim and his team have an incredible resource at Ministry … Continue reading

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A Look Inside the Training of 20,000 Leaders in Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

I sat down with Dr. Scott Rische last week to talk about Ethiopia and the rapid growth of Christianity, PLI’s training, the need for humble, godly leaders, and so much … Continue reading

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A Creative Way to Screen Candidates for Your Next Pastor

By: Jock Ficken

This week I’d like you to lean back and just smile with me! Okay? The Senior Leader learning community met in Tampa a few weeks ago. The entire immersion centered … Continue reading

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5 Truths about Emotional Intelligence

By: Jock Ficken

The Senior Leader cohort recently spent a day around Emotional Intelligence as it relates to leading high performing teams. It was an exceptional day! To be honest, I was taking … Continue reading

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A Few More Reflections from Eugene Peterson

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared about Eugene Peterson’s intersection with my own life and some excerpts from his biography, A Burning in My Bones. First… Thanks to those of you expressing … Continue reading

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Eugene Peterson and the Burning in His Bones

By: Jock Ficken

Let’s take a hard turn in the blogs for a couple weeks. Last week I shared the incredible need to fund the crazy, rapid growth of our international training, principally … Continue reading

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Do You Need Some New Skills?

By: Jock Ficken

I talked with a pastor a few weeks ago after an event. “I did PLI a decade ago (what’s now Leadership Essentials). Best thing for me and my wife. For the … Continue reading

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