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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: Are they about 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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How to Make Effective Change in Your Life & Ministry

By: Sarah Greiner

At PLI we’ve seen that it’s extremely difficult to make effective change in isolation. The gap between the change you want to see and the actual change you experience is often wide when no community surrounds you. To experience real life transforming change in your life and ministry you need a community that can provide … Continue reading

Navigating the Double-Edged Challenge of Leadership…and Why it’s Worth It

By: Jock Ficken

2018 is here! Some congregations have already given up. Victimized by an inability or unwillingness to take on their greatest challenges in their past, hope has left the premises. In many more congregations, taking on today’s challenges looks a lot like going back to the same old strategies that haven’t worked and seeing if they … Continue reading

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Crazy Hope

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need hope to lead and congregations need hope to venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory. No hope? No action! And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope! I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because … Continue reading

7 Benefits of Pruning

By: Jock Ficken

It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s well documented in many places. 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 season … Continue reading

The Choices of Dead Man’s Hill

By: Jock Ficken

Increasingly, most pastors realize they were trained for a world that almost no longer exists. Mix that into their marriages (if they’re married) or their families for an added stressor! And most churches realize that the essence of what’s been a blessing to those inside the church is increasingly dismissed by those outside the church. … Continue reading

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Mapping Cultural Distance

By: Jock Ficken

The PLI community cares about leaders and the future of the church and the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Its pioneering spirit looks to journey toward new, better horizons. Let me tell you a quick story from lunch at a restaurant the other day and then it’s translation! “I overheard what your … Continue reading

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