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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

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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11 Things Church Leaders are Getting Right in COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

COVID-19 is no longer an interruption. It’s a disruption of everything. Church. Education. Economy. Government. Disruption. No bump in the road.  Church experts are gone. Those that claim to be … Continue reading

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The 7 Hope Killers of a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership hope is being tested these days. Leaders and congregations can overcome all manner of obstacles and take on the greatest of challenges when hope burns bright. Be strong and … Continue reading

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The 5 Courage Killers Meet COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

Almost a year ago I wrote “The 5 Courage Killers” below. Some of the people in your church probably won’t be coming back to the church…soon. Others will be in … Continue reading

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4 Simple and Important Steps in Leading Your Leaders During COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

Let’s be brief this week… Here are 4 Simple and Important Steps in Leading Your Leaders Celebrate What You’ve Accomplished in the Last Two Months! You’re doing things today that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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