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Archive for the ‘Mission’ Category

PLI’s International Impact

By: Jock Ficken

Our international teams lead by Scott and Lori Rische wrapped up a week of training in Uganda earlier this month. They focused on “Leading Change for the Sake of the Mission.” The team leaves Sunday for an 8th year of training in Ethiopia. Are you following PLI on Facebook? Be sure to watch our page … Continue reading

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Outsourcing the Mission of God

By: Jock Ficken

Outsourcing. Lots of churches do it. PLI does it. Outsource certain functions to people or companies with greater expertise or specialization that can do a specific task in a better and usually more cost effective way. Bookkeeping, payroll, maintenance, branding, custodial services, printing, etc. Here’s an alarming reality: Most churches–most Christians–have outsourced the Mission of God! “We … Continue reading


Mary Magdalene’s Three Tips for Pastors

By: Jock Ficken

Sharon, my Mary Magdalene for the morning, was my shuttle driver between airport and hotel. Thirty minutes, just the two of us. She…a talker! Me…not so much. It was quickly obvious that Sharon was a representative of the growing majority of people in most communities that have clicked the “not interested in church” button. I decided … Continue reading

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Time to Grit your Teeth and get in the Local Mission

By: Jock Ficken

So many–pastors, churches, women, men–who intentionally enter some slice of their community to represent Jesus and respond to the mission of God start by gritting their teeth and finally giving it a try. They’ve heard about it, talked about it, prayed about it, but never did anything about it. There is a lot of talk, … Continue reading

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