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Archive for the ‘Navigate Cultural Change’ Category

There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation

By: Jock Ficken

Of course there’s still good news… right? The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are … Continue reading

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Reaching People…Why it’s so Difficult Today

By: Jock Ficken

It’s much more difficult to reach the average American with the Gospel today than it was 50 years ago. Let me illustrate with a variation of the Engle scale…popularized by … Continue reading

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Leading Change: I Lived to Tell about It!

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last several weeks, we have: This week I’m continuing the storytelling I began last week about my experience in leading change. I shared about two of my early … Continue reading

My Experience in Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

In the past weeks: You may be asking, does this really work in my church? I’m certainly no expert but I thought it best this week and next to lean … Continue reading

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Exploiting Opportunities

By: Jock Ficken

Opportunities abound for most of us…for most of our congregations. Seriously! But most of us, and most of our churches, find it difficult to exploit those opportunities. A gap exists … Continue reading

Pastoral Reality and Its Impact on the Mission of God

By: Jock Ficken

If you asked the crowd of women and men that began Leadership Essentials in Nebraska this spring, they would quickly tell you: It’s the pastor’s responsibility to help shape a … Continue reading

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A Baseline of Post-Covid Pastoral Reality

By: Jock Ficken

This is the first of 4 weeks on “how we’re doing as pastors” and “how the church is doing at taking care of the mission entrusted to it by Jesus … Continue reading

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What’s Different in Ethiopia?

By: Jock Ficken

We’ve been talking all things PLI and Ethiopia with PLI’s international director Dr. Scott Rische. (A Look Inside the Training of 20,000 in Ethiopia and PLI’s Beginning in Ethiopia.) Today, … Continue reading

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What Are You Called to Become?

By: Jock Ficken

Once we come face to face with the selfless sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it prompts us to respond…to take selfless steps of our own. When we remember that we possess … Continue reading

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Large-Scale Change Requires Courageous Decisions

By: Jock Ficken

Large-scale change is all around us. “Times of large-scale change call for courageous decisions. Without those decisions, time sweeps the surface clean, preparing for a new start.” Dr. John Palka … Continue reading