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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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This We Must Do! 3 Simple Questions to Answer

By: Jock Ficken

Most congregational leaders and leadership groups lack FOCUS. The urgent constantly distracts from the important. Clear, singular focus: “This we must do!” See the note to the right about the church in one region of Tanzania has focused on seeing the witchdoctors converted to Jesus. “This we must do!” So, here’s a simple tool: Do … Continue reading

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3 Do I Have What It Takes? Part 3

By: Jock Ficken

When you do the hard work of self leadership you end up doing more of… the stuff that stirs your soul. the stuff that you want to spend the rest of your life doing. the stuff you’re flat out uniquely good at doing. You beat back the natural, creeping, “Do I Have What It Takes?” … Continue reading

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Do I Have What it Takes? Part 2

By: Jock Ficken

When someone starts a small business, the organizational chart looks a bit like this. Many church leaders function the same way! The vast majority of congregational leaders have similar org charts and “me” in boxes where they don’t fit. Too many times we’re “filling slots” because “somebody needs to do it.” And no one has … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Leaders Question their Ability

By: Jock Ficken

Do I have what it takes to lead? It can hit leaders at most any age, most any season. It has hit me… In my early years…when harsh realities met naive overconfidence. Through conflict, obstacles, and major milestone moments. In the pit of self doubt where I lacked confidence and felt alone and isolated.   … Continue reading

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Urgent or Important?

By: Jock Ficken

Parish ministry for me was always punctuated with the urgent and the important. An easy call for me. It was the so called “tyranny of the urgent” that was also unimportant that was a perpetual discipline. BUT…my ability to make the important but not urgent a priority was always critical! I did it well, and, sometimes not so well. … Continue reading

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Dealing with Disappointment

By: Jock Ficken

Every congregational leader I know deals with disappointment. Most of us have endured seasons where disappointment has been heaped upon crushing disappointment and where a resiliency of faith in the face of disappointment is difficult to sustain. Here’s a disappointment short list: People you thought you could “count on” suddenly count themselves unreliable. The system… … Continue reading

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3 Benefits of Pride and Arrogance

By: Jock Ficken

Hmmm! 3 Benefits? In seasons when it’s really hard, OR I’m not well, OR our church is not well, OR the tick, tick, tick of postponing actions or hard decisions is waiting to detonate…pride and arrogance gets crushed in me…needs to get crushed in me! But it doesn’t seem to go anywhere if I don’t have … Continue reading

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Exposing Conflicting Values… The 3 Bold Steps of an Adaptive Leader

By: Jock Ficken

We live in a highly secularized culture. Often dismissive. Sometimes hostile. Churches face the choice of adapting or disconnecting from their worlds. The Spirit still works through the Word of God in all manner of contexts. As a result, leaders need to expose conflicting values in our collective hearts if we’re going to take on … Continue reading

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