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Archive for the ‘Navigate Cultural Change’ Category

We Need Hope-Givers

By: Jock Ficken

You already know that I’m a big believer in the transformational impact of Multipli for adults of any age. The combination of 9 months of… …is amazing. Here’s why I’m passionate! Every week, unknowingly we set up pastors to fail! And we, and our pastors, get increasingly discouraged and disheartened. Attracting the crowd of unbelieving … Continue reading

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2 Culture Shifts that Multipli Addresses

By: Jock Ficken

By now, you have probably heard that PLI’s Executive Co-Leader Gail Ficken will move from her role in PLI into a full-time role as Founder/President of Multipli, beginning March 31. (If you missed it, read about our Joyful Announcement, and Join us in Giving Thanks.) Obviously, I’m no disinterested party in this announcement or its … Continue reading

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Pioneering a New Future

By: Jock Ficken

There are pockets around the United States where it still feels like not a lot has changed. Gail and I were in one of those pockets last week near St. Louis at a large PLI congregation.  “We had our largest attendance at Christmas that we’ve ever had! Last month!” Not many leaders are saying that … Continue reading

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Do the Important Stuff

By: Sherrah Behrens

“WOW! THERE MUST BE SOME REALLY GOOD STUFF HAPPENING HERE!” That was the response of a couple of leaders attending the conference our congregation hosted some years ago. Several years earlier we had jumped to a multiple campus ministry and had now built the first phase of the new campus where the event was being … Continue reading

10 Reasons to Invite 10 People

By: Jock Ficken

PLI alumni have been hosting Regional Catalyst Events for us in their areas, giving members of the PLI team a chance to listen and talk with people. (We shared some of our discoveries a few weeks ago.) Again and again, we see folks leave church every Sunday knowing they are “Now Entering the Mission Field,” … Continue reading

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Benefits of Pruning

By: Jock Ficken

It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s been well-documented in many places. And it’s no secret that this places enormous pressures on pastors and their families and their congregations. But… What if much of what is happening in the church is a season of pruning? And it’s a … Continue reading

You are a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Remember the joke? It’s an old one. I heard it again twice in two months, in Ethiopia and then in Columbus, Indiana. Two guys are walking barefoot in the forest. They meet a bear planning his lunch. One guy starts to put on his running shoes. The other explains: “You’re never going to outrun the … Continue reading

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3 Non-Negotiables for Congregational Change

By: Jock Ficken

Every day, leaders wake up knowing that their congregation must navigate change or distance itself from being a vibrant community with wider influence. Here’s the problem: Inertia wakes up even earlier every day and has already resolved to fend off any feeble attempts at desperately needed change that would challenge the status quo. So, here … Continue reading

What You Can Do if You Think Your Church is Failing

By: Jock Ficken

80% of U.S. churches… Worship less than 100. Face steady to rapid decline. Possess collective memories of being 2 times or 10 times larger. Leaders and members are taunted with the whisper that they’re failing. Usually today’s realities were set in motion years earlier by… A stubborn refusal or inability to make necessary changes for … Continue reading

Why We Can’t Stay Here

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders articulate vision! They offer a preferred future. They also articulate WHY WE CAN’T STAY HERE. My early leader years? Lots of vision! I ignored WHY WE CAN’T STAY HERE, and then I couldn’t understand why nobody wanted to leave…HERE! I was like Moses trying to convince the Israelites to exit Egypt before anyone realized … Continue reading

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