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Where is God leading you next?

By: Jock Ficken

I asked a bunch of younger leaders to do the difficult, to challenge some “landing pattern” pastors and spouses and others who have served so well for so long to not squander what might be their largest legacy in helping the Church set sail toward a new season of great mission vibrancy. This “landing pattern” … Continue reading

Landing Pattern

By: Jock Ficken

The United States is the 3rd largest mission field in the world. Here are two realities: Reality 1: The United States is the 3rd largest mission field in the world. Reality 2: Large numbers of pastor-leaders (spouse-leaders and lay-leaders too!) will retire in the next 3…5…7 years. They’re all flying toward a landing pattern transition … Continue reading

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7 Simple Steps to Better Focus as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

FOCUS. Most leaders don’t focus well. Life just happens. They don’t prioritize. Next year will look a lot like last year. A little better…a little worse.  There’s something inherently evil in most leaders’ minds about being FOCUSED. FOCUS implies… Accountability to themselves. Accountability to others. An expectation that something will actually result. That something should … Continue reading

Discover Your Leadership Sweet Spot

By: Sarah Greiner

    Discover Your Leadership Sweet Spot Three Areas You Need to Explore At PLI we know that when leaders lead out of their own unique gifts, talents and abilities great things happen. Leaders break down isolation and fear in ministry to gain hope and courage to become great leaders. Ministry teams are unleashed, and … Continue reading

Three Things that Always Take Leaders Off Course

By: Jock Ficken

In a world bent on its own course(s), you represent that “there is another king, one called Jesus.” (Acts 17:7)  Thank you!  You are valued and valuable!  The Word of God still changes lives and the Spirit still has power.  What you’re doing, what you’re leading…it’s important. Thessalonica offered OPPOSITION to Paul and to that … Continue reading

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By: Jock Ficken

Sometimes leaders need to walk away. Protect their souls. Save their families. PLI invests deeply in leaders… Gaining clarity about who they are. Navigating change. Chaplaining loss. Discovering vision. Leveraging spiritual, relational, physical, emotional well being. These are fundamental building blocks! I’m a big believer in seeing churches that are languishing and have… lost their … Continue reading

Are You Teetering on the Edge?

By: Raechel Pfotenhauer

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a pastor who admitted that he was teetering on the edge of burnout. During our time together he was wrestling with some big questions. I feel so jam-packed day-to-day. But am I busy doing the right things? Or am I just busy?  How do I lead … Continue reading

Nebo…Mount Nebo

By: Jock Ficken

The invincible walled city of Jericho was across the Jordan.  Entry point to the Land Promised.  Moses had lead the Israelites on the journey of a lifetime but he would not be leading there.  This was it for Moses.  Moses could see it. He just wouldn’t get to lead it. “Because you did not trust me … Continue reading

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Facing Goliath in Saul’s Armor

By: Jock Ficken

Nearly 20 years ago Peter Drucker claimed that “successful careers are not planned.  They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values” (Harvard Business Review, March-April 1999, “Managing Oneself”). Many in this audience have careers in ministry or at least have parallel investments (they govern, they … Continue reading

Let Me Lead

By: Jock Ficken

It’s a bit hard to describe… A few weeks ago I started out the day with a clear sense that I was at the end of myself. I wasn’t desperate, or depressed, or disappointed. I was confident. But…empty. At the end of myself. The next few days would be big… A strategic collaboration with potential … Continue reading

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