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An Incredible Story from Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

And an Incredible Opportunity Last week I shared some recent discoveries. And, I asked you to watch for this week’s announcement and invitation to help! The Christian Church in Africa is booming! The center of global Christianity continues to march across northern Africa. Remember the eunuch of Ethiopia and Phillip? Earlier this month, we presented … Continue reading

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Some Recent Discoveries

By: Jock Ficken

Late this summer we began partnering with leaders in the PLI family to host regional catalyst gatherings. Church leaders have been bringing: Formal and informal leaders Young adults who hold the keys to reaching the millennial and Gen Z generations People of any age who Know the world is a dark place. Know they should … Continue reading

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Two Types of Leaders that the Church Needs

By: Jock Ficken

Whether woman or man, baptized or clergy, you most likely align with one of these two: NEW, YOUNG LEADERS You’re new to the leadership thing. Younger. Newer. Short track record. Genuine. You’re eager…or reluctant. You’ve been… Elected. Called. Nominated. Recruited. Convinced. Whatever! (You might be a 1,000 Young Leader.) Your eye is likely on the … Continue reading

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Gathering with Young Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

1,000 Young Leaders hosted the 4th Annual Gathering in Nashville this summer. Some fun facts: 35 participants, alumni and coaches attended. Someone from each of the 6 cohorts attended. Two people attended who aren’t in a cohort. They came with someone in the Fall 2021 cohort and are considering joining the upcoming Fall 2022 cohort! … Continue reading

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Stages of Retirement…and What We Can Learn about Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

No matter your age or stage in life—pastor, spouse, esteemed lay leader—I have a short Ted Talk, “The 4 Stages of Retirement,” that I want to recommend. First, a bit of context…  Our Reality I’m obviously a big fan of 1,000 Young Leaders and seeing young adults—who know that God is calling them to “something” … Continue reading

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College Football & Discipleship

By: Jock Ficken

College football finally gets started in a week. The Nebraska Cornhuskers play Northwestern in Ireland in what’s termed Week 0! Most know that in Nebraska, there are two seasons: football season and off season. Off season has seemed particularly long this year. It can be that way when you only won 3 games the previous … Continue reading

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Mistake: I Didn’t Say Thank You Enough

By: Jock Ficken

Churches need leaders…  Because churches often don’t know what to do, and Because they don’t know how to work together to do it! Agree? And, when leaders don’t know what to do… They seek to gain clarity about who they are…personal vision, calling, gifting, passion, etc. Who are they as a child of God and … Continue reading

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I Never Trained Anyone

By: Jock Ficken

If you’ve missed the previous posts in our summer series, you can find them here: Time for Adventure and a Return to Learning The Leadership Adventure Continues Adventures in Relationships Slaying the “It Won’t Work Here” Mindset Earlier this summer, I proposed that we step forward as learners. We’re in a world that none of … Continue reading

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Slaying the “It Won’t Work Here” Mindset

By: Jock Ficken

This summer we’ve invited ourselves to return to a season of adventure and discovery…to admit that all things in leadership and ministry are different. They aren’t what they used to be. We’ve packed a decade (or more?) of change into a handful of months. (It hasn’t really caught up with us or the people we … Continue reading

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Try Having a Little Fun Together

By: Jock Ficken

Every high performing team that I’ve ever experienced or led learned how to: Have FUN together, or Build COMMUNITY together, or CELEBRATE together or Do ALL THREE together, and do them well. Here’s the reality: 80% of American churches are declining. Some are rapidly declining. 16% of American churches are growing. 4% of American churches are reproducing… … Continue reading

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