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5 Mistakes I Made as a Young Leader

By: Jock Ficken

A simple word of “thanks” if you participated in #GivingTuesday to launch PLI’s first multicultural learning community in Washington D.C. with Ethiopian and Liberian immigrant pastors and spouses. If you haven’t already, will you join Gail and me in making a gift today? And now, here are 5 Mistakes I Made as a Young Leader… … Continue reading

How’s Your Resiliency Quotient?

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership resilience in congregations today is frequently stretched and in short supply, for both men and women. Leadership demands have always been great. Maybe never more so than now when following the familiar mission maps of yesterday are hopelessly out of date. A simple question: How’s your resiliency quotient right now? Like a lot of … Continue reading

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When leaders stop growing….Organizations start dying.

By: Jock Ficken

It’s an unfortunate truth. Leadership has a short shelf life. Especially in the rapid, discontinuous changes of the last decade or two. Leaders leading with no leadership growth quickly become inhibitors to the ministries they lead. It can happen at 29…39…59! If you’re leading the same way you did back then, you’re leading a diminished … Continue reading

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

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