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Archive for the ‘Navigate Cultural Change’ Category

7 Emerging Benefits of the Lighter Backpack

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Thanks!  We know you’ve been running hard. Dealing with fatigue! Balancing worlds that don’t balance well. Last week Mark Teike pointed us forward on the journey toward understanding and acting upon racial prejudice and racial reconciliation. “In 2020 believers started to act their way into a new way of thinking…a new level of followership…” from … Continue reading

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A Response to the Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

By: Jock Ficken

In the midst of Covid-19, we’ve been rocked—once again!—with the news that an unarmed black American man has died needlessly in the streets as a police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our emotions run high. Angry. Embarrassed. Depressed.  How can this type of injustice still be happening to our brothers … Continue reading

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Thoughts at the Cemetery

By: Jock Ficken

My first year as a pastor, as a leader of a congregation, was a shaky one. I arrived, and… By Labor Day was the assistant.  By Christmas was the solo.  By Easter was the senior.  By Memorial Day…exhausted. Today, I shudder to think that my “career” could have been over quickly. Too much, too soon! … Continue reading

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Sign Up for “The Great Opportunity” or “School Scenarios”

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Thanks for Leading! Last week Gail and I shared the 6 questions you and your congregational leaders need to be asking to do more with less in the coming season. These two assumptions inform the two opportunities below! Assumption #1  – The Corona Virus might have a quick cure but there’s a high probability that … Continue reading

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Do More with Less in a COVID-19/post COVID-19 World

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

COVID-19/post COVID-19 will have far reaching effects on your church: It will create more opportunities for Kingdom impact. It will result in less resources to do it. It might be over in a few weeks or months…but it won’t be over. It will make decisions for you if you don’t decide to act first. It … Continue reading

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5 Things You Have to Get Right Coming Out of COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 During times of uncertainty and crisis, churches have a greater need for gifted, confident leadership! Welcome to the party…as a gifted, confident leader! (Or better said, as a group of gifted, … Continue reading

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You Made It Through Easter! Now, What’s Next?

By: Jock Ficken

Easter has come. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed! You made it.  The future looks bright! It’s just more difficult getting there than most of us thought! There are whispers that the U.S. might start to reopen in the next few weeks. So, what does this mean? According to Barna/Gloo: Two-thirds of churches report … Continue reading

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10 Things to Remember While Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis

By: Jock Ficken

First, simply…thanks for leading! Your congregation needs you to lead right now and you’re doing it. Like it or not…you’re doing it. So, thanks. There’s been more innovation and change in the last 10 days in “we will never change” churches than could ever have been imagined three weeks ago. Here are 10 Tips on … Continue reading

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You’re Invincible…Until You’re Not

By: Jock Ficken

It’s an exercise in being out of control. Corporately… Nationally… World-wide-ly. Out of control.  We’ve never been here before! Coronavirus. From a news feed from a distant city in China to National Emergency at home. Quarantines. Daily updates. Closed schools and restaurants.  Social distancing… now common to our collective vocabulary.  We’ve never been here before!  … Continue reading

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2030 Pioneering while Living Up to Expectations

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we began to pursue how to make sense of getting from “here” to “there” in 2030.  Here’s the Dilemma There are roughly 350,000 churches in the United States and the vast, vast majority are focused on serving the 25% (and rapidly shrinking!) of the population identified as practicing Christians.  Two fundamental problems result: … Continue reading

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