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A Final Word to You in 2021

By: Jock Ficken

My sense is that it’s important today to simply say that your leadership is critical. Who you are and what you do in the Kingdom is critical. Most would say that it’s been a difficult year in which to lead. Sadly, it’s been a year in which many have simply surrendered. I recognize that you … Continue reading


Sticks and Stones…but Words Never Hurt?

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we noted that 51% of mainline pastors are thinking of calling it quits according to Barna! Obviously, that reality cuts deeply in this audience and spares few. Remember the childhood proverb? “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Well, they do hurt! They have an erosive effect. … Continue reading


51% of Pastors are Considering Quitting Right Now!

By: Jock Ficken

If you are a pastor-leader right now, this statistic probably comes as no surprise. You probably know people who have thought about quitting. Maybe you have thought about quitting. And if you’re a congregation leader and not a pastor, this may not apply to you. If, however, you have a pastor in your congregation, then … Continue reading


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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