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Don’t Let COVID-19 Control Your Church’s Future

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

It’s difficult not to! Right? To not let COVID-19 control your church’s future? We get it. It’s overwhelming. We get bad news coupled with confusing signals. It creates uncertainty. And trying to understand congregational life? We have mixed messages from members. Mixed metrics. At PLI, just like you, there’s a lot we don’t know but … Continue reading

Grateful for You this Thanksgiving!

By: Jock Ficken

Greetings dear friends,  Thank you so much for your love and care for the mission of PLI. Through the generosity and love of so many; our ministry continues to take on greater value and scope. Locally and globally! PLI is helping the church of today become the church of tomorrow. And the church of tomorrow … Continue reading


Missionaries are Pouring into the United States…

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I and the PLI team started 2019 with an incredible group of Ethiopian and Liberian immigrant missionaries. You’ll see a few of their faces, hear a few of their words. (A couple of congregations and an LCMS district had the vision to invest in them.) As PLI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019, … Continue reading


Six Energy Outputs for Top Level Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership takes energy. However if you’re like me you don’t have a never ending supply. Here are six places to focus your energy that will multiply your efforts. 1 Enter New Territory. Build relationships with spiritual sojourners outside your ministry context.  You’ll gain insight that can unlock a mission future. AND be nimble. The culture changes … Continue reading

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