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PLI is devoted to empowering leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their ministries. Learn more about our vision and process here.

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Where Leadership Development Happens

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader needs mentors, coaches, guides to flourish. (For short, we’ll call them mentors.) Remember this? Think of “3” as spiritual apathy and distrusting of church leaders. Think that … Continue reading

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There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation

By: Jock Ficken

Of course there’s still good news… right? The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are … 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 … Continue reading

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Leading Change: I Lived to Tell about It!

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last several weeks, we have: This week I’m continuing the storytelling I began last week about my experience in leading change. I shared about two of my early … Continue reading

My Experience in Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

In the past weeks: You may be asking, does this really work in my church? I’m certainly no expert but I thought it best this week and next to lean … Continue reading

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5 Killers of Courage

By: Jock Ficken

There are 5 things that will kill courage that any leader, woman or man, needs to know and confront. They’re embedded in who we are. (And they’re adapted from Heifetz, … Continue reading

7 Common Mistakes Made When Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we compared remembering the past for nostalgia or for future vision. Practically speaking, most of us are not able to pursue a compelling God-inspired future vision without first … Continue reading

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Vision vs. Nostalgia

By: Jock Ficken

PLI is marking its 25th anniversary of training leaders to be healthier, better leaders for the sake of the mission of God. God wants His lost people found! And He … Continue reading

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The Wind of the Spirit Fund

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared my conversation with Cheryl Gieseke, a champion for PLI and young pastors and spouses. Last week we discussed the process Cheryl used to … Continue reading

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“PLI Checked All the Boxes”: Continuing the Conversation with Cheryl Gieseke

By: Jock Ficken

This week I’m continuing my conversation with Cheryl Gieseke, a champion for young pastors and spouses. But first, a word from one of the young pastors who has benefited from … Continue reading

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