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Archive for the ‘Navigate Cultural Change’ Category

20 Years of PLI

By: Jock Ficken

Thanks for being in the PLI family. The 20 year old PLI family. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of PLI! 20 years since the first pastors and spouses stepped into something they weren’t quite sure about but knew they needed. 20 years since mentoring congregations lined up across the United States to … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Reasons to “Pull the Goalie” at Your Church

By: Jock Ficken

Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Rules of Life center around a simple edict: Pull the Goalie! I listened to Gladwell’s podcast. Entertaining, circuitous, provocative. When a hockey team is trailing by a goal with a minute left in the game, all the fans expect the goalie to be pulled. Swapped for extra offense. To even the score. … Continue reading

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There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation!

By: Jock Ficken

                There’s still good news in your congregation! Of course there is… right?  The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are living out that good news as a response to the sacrifice Jesus … Continue reading

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Necessary Endings

By: Jock Ficken

I don’t do endings well. As a leader I tend to perceive ending something I’m leading as tantamount to failing…especially if it’s a big thing. How ironic to talk about necessary endings after Dare to Dream Again and Sharing Your Dream. Here are 4 keys to remember with Endings: Endings can (should?) create opportunity for what’s next. Endings are natural … Continue reading

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Making Courageous Choices

By: Jock Ficken

Most congregations fail to appreciate the impact that their current decisions (or the lack thereof) will have on future ministry. Many of the churches helplessly skidding down the decline side of the curve  chose not to take on their greatest challenge some years earlier. (Read last week’s post, Rebirth and Renewal.) Some of these congregations … Continue reading

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Rebirth and Renewal

By: Jock Ficken

Congregations have life cycles, just like people. Birth Growth Decline Death …or… Renewal or Rebirth No secrets here… most congregations are on the decline side of the curve. Few have imagined how many churches will die in the next decade. So, let me speak to what I hope is a growing group of courageous champions. … Continue reading

Adaptive Leadership: Five Things You Need To Practice To Lead In This Ever Changing World

By: Sarah Greiner

Change is happening at an unprecedented rate, leaving leaders of churches and Christian organizations asking, “What do we do?” Here are five things you need to practice to lead in this ever changing world. 1. Capacity to be an adaptive leader begins with a humble spirit. A humble spirit attaches itself to the mastery of new skills … Continue reading

Mission Teams: More Concerned with the Team or the Mission?

By: Jock Ficken

Why Leading Today is So Difficult In defense of the pastors and leaders! We have a few other articles (read them here and here) that have focused on the mission challenge before leaders of the church in this post Christendom age. If we’re not careful it can produce a “somebody should do something” bromide that … Continue reading

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How to Reach the World that’s Stopped Coming to Church

By: Jock Ficken

There’s a growing discontent that adults in their 20s, 30s and even 40s are mostly absent in our churches…and maybe absent from faith in Christ. Many are discouraged that large portions of most communities have no interest in what’s inside the church. A while ago I started the “napkin test” on the two entry paths … 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 Dr. James Engle decades ago. “1” is a person with no faith and quite far in their journey to becoming a Christian.   “10” is … Continue reading

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