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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

A Closer Look at Your Leadership in Uncertain Times: The 4 Fundamentals

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we introduced 4 fundamentals for leadership in uncertain times. I recently met with some folks who lead a prominent national ministry. We had a lot to discuss, but … Continue reading

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4 Keys to Leading in Times of Uncertainty

By: Jock Ficken

We all thought that a few weeks in March 2020 spelled uncertainty. Over a year later, most of us, and most of our congregations, continue to experience the turbulence of … Continue reading

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Leading with Integrity

By: Jock Ficken

An Interview with Diane Bahn Diane Bahn wraps up an incredible run leading with integrity on the PLI team as she retires this month. I recently sat down with her … Continue reading

Unlikely and Overlooked Leadership for Challenging Times

By: Jock Ficken

Gail Ficken shares some thoughts on leadership for these challenging times. It’s a crazy, unprecedented time. For some reason, God has pushed pause on everything we know as “normal” in … Continue reading

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Hope & Courage Drive Transformational Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

Hope and Courage! They’re the fundamental octane for leading through disruptive change and adversity. New Hope leads to New Courage! They drive transformational leadership. You need it as a leader! … Continue reading

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6 Simple Ways to Inspire Hope and Courage

By: Jock Ficken

The pandemic has accelerated change in every one of our congregations. And, it’s opening new doors. Simple Truth: If you want to see a transformed ministry, it starts with a … Continue reading

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5 Solutions to Pandemic Inadequacy and Insecurity

By: Jock Ficken

Is pandemic conflict and uncertainty making you feel inadequate? Insecure?  Let’s be honest. Pandemic conflict and uncertainty is taking a toll on the best of congregational leaders. Hope is maybe … Continue reading

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Leading in an Urban Community

By: Jock Ficken

I recently interviewed Rev. Dr. Dan Czaplewski about leading in the urban community of Milwaukee. Over the last 30-40 years 55 Lutheran churches have closed in Milwaukee. Today, Mt. Calvary … Continue reading

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Lessons for the Church…from the Geese

By: Jock Ficken

Did you ever think you’d be getting leadership lessons from geese? “Geese in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those up front to up their speed. It is … Continue reading

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The Muddled Mess of Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

I have three simple thoughts today for our COVID-19 world and the muddled mess of leading a congregation! So, for you, dear leader in the PLI family! This is no … Continue reading

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