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4 Keys to Leading in Times of Uncertainty

By: Jock Ficken

We all thought that a few weeks in March 2020 spelled uncertainty. Over a year later, most of us, and most of our congregations, continue to experience the turbulence of leading in times of uncertainty. Last week I offered 4 major challenges that hide behind most of the uncertainties that we experience in our churches. … Continue reading

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Stating the Obvious about Discipleship Today

By: Jock Ficken

Nehemiah stated the obvious: The walls are broken down. Jerusalem is at risk.Noah stated the obvious: Repent; it’s going to rain.Nebuchadnezzar stated the obvious: I’ve got the world by the tail. (But it was a short-sighted assessment that led to his demise.) Here’s my attempt at stating the obvious about discipleship in today’s churches. Most … Continue reading

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4 Lepers Find New Places

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 3 different leadership postures: Our church is fine. We just need to get back to normal. We’ll be fine.  Culture has permanently changed. We need to get members to volunteer to be disciples sent into the mission field.  Culture has permanently changed. Recruiting volunteers to be disciples is a failed plan! I need … Continue reading

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Leading with Integrity

By: Jock Ficken

An Interview with Diane Bahn Diane Bahn wraps up an incredible run leading with integrity on the PLI team as she retires this month. I recently sat down with her and asked her to reflect upon her journey and life in PLI. If Diane has touched your life, would you send her a note of … Continue reading

Book Review: Gasping for Breath

By: Jock Ficken

John Busacker started blessing PLI even before PLI began. Thanks to his insight and input, PLI’s unique investment in leaders was shaped. John has taught “Leadership from Within” to thousands of leaders in the U.S., and he’s also partnered with Dr. Scott Rische, our international director, to train leaders in South Korea, Hong Kong, Latvia, … Continue reading

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Unlikely and Overlooked Leadership for Challenging Times

By: Gail Ficken

Gail Ficken shares some thoughts on leadership for these challenging times. It’s a crazy, unprecedented time. For some reason, God has pushed pause on everything we know as “normal” in the church. These days can crush HOPE. They can squeeze out COURAGE. So it’s a season for pioneers, for people willing to assume the challenge … Continue reading

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Hope & Courage Drive Transformational Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

Hope and Courage! They’re the fundamental octane for leading through disruptive change and adversity. New Hope leads to New Courage! They drive transformational leadership. You need it as a leader! You need to deliver on it as a leader in your congregation. For Gail and me, this is so deeply embedded in us. It’s how … Continue reading

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6 Simple Ways to Inspire Hope and Courage

By: Jock Ficken

The pandemic has accelerated change in every one of our congregations. And, it’s opening new doors. Simple Truth: If you want to see a transformed ministry, it starts with a transformed leader who builds on the blocks of Leadership Essentials. It starts with you as the leader being infused with fresh hope and courage. It … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Capture Hope and Courage

By: Jock Ficken

How to Capture Hope and Courage when Both are in Short Supply If you want the people you lead to experience new hope and new courage, it starts with you. It always starts with the leader.  Simple Truth: If you want to see a transformed ministry, it starts with a transformed leader.  Ask any of … Continue reading

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Opportunity Often Exists on the Far Side of Adversity

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I just finished reading the story of Joseph in Genesis. It’s a great example of how opportunity often exists on the far side of adversity. Joseph is set up with his brothers as his father’s favorite Lacking humility Sold into slavery Wrongly accused of rape Forgotten in prison All of this happened before… … Continue reading

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