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8 Things You and Your Congregational Leaders could Learn from the Church in Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

Last month, PLI took its board and some of its friends to learn from the Church in Ethiopia and to observe PLI’s training, expertly designed and developed by Dr. Scott and Lori Rische, PLI’s international directors. (Similar to PLI’s Leadership Essentials in the U.S.). It’s estimated that there are 25 million evangelical Christians in Ethiopia. … Continue reading

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10 Nuggets Worth Learning from Mel and Nolan and their Friend John!

By: Jock Ficken

You read last week the story of Mel and Nolan and their friend John. John wasn’t sure God existed. He definitely didn’t believe God cared. John was alone. He didn’t trust the church. Enter 1000YL Mel and Nolan. They notice John. Sense the prompting of God. Genuine in their friendship. They become good news to … Continue reading

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Melissa & Nolan’s Story

By: Jock Ficken

The world has changed. There are 73.4 million millennials. Most are gone from our churches. 1000 Young Leaders seeks to train millennial missionaries to their own generation. A vibrant 2030 church will see the baptized people of God owning the mission of God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. You’ll like this 1000YL story. Meet … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020!

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Allow us a simple word of thanks. You show up to lead almost every day in your congregation.  Easy or not Experiencing joys or not Trends up and to the right or not We’d simply like to say thanks. You’ve read our vision of what an emerging vibrant church might look like in 2030 over … Continue reading

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Acceptance. Grace. Forgiveness. For You.

By: Jock Ficken

Maundy Thursday today. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39) Good Friday tomorrow. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46) Easter! Sunday! The resurrection of the Son of God who…suffered … Continue reading

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3 Simple Reflections and Pictures!

By: Jock Ficken

1 – JOIN THE 1000YOUNGLEADER TEAM IF YOU’RE IN PHOENIX THIS WEEK!  (OR… invite PLI to come share about 1000YL and sending missionaries into the 74.3 million millennial mission field when someone on the PLI team is in your neighborhood.) They’re introducing 1000YoungLeaders at the opening workshop of the Best Practices in Ministry conference at … Continue reading

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A Christmas Miracle in Indonesia that You Probably Didn’t Hear About and 3 Simple but Profound Actions

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas and to express our thanks for your partnership in the Gospel.  We thought you might be encouraged by this report. You may remember the deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia the day after Christmas in 2004. You heard that hundreds and hundreds and hundreds … Continue reading

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Quickest + Crowd = Greatest Impact?

By: Jock Ficken

What’s the quickest way to the greatest impact? For the sake of the Mission? Every church leader I know these days is asking that question in light of pressures of sustaining budgets and buildings and programs…against the backdrop of a changing world. So, what IS the quickest way to the greatest impact? Maybe “quickest” and … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Hesitater in You

By: Jock Ficken

… the spirit told me to have no hesitation—Peter (Acts 11:12) It was part of Peter’s explanation/defense of the landmark visit to Cornelius, equally buttressed by… So if God gave them the same gift he gave us…who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way? (v. 17) No doubt that Peter’s vision … Continue reading

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Pockets and Places

By: Sarah Greiner

“I’m in church work so I’m around christians all day. It’s not possible for me to meet people who don’t know Jesus.” Sound familiar? We often perceive roadblocks to living missionally and feel stuck in the circles of the church world. PLI believes that God opens up possibilities for relationship with lost and broken people … Continue reading

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