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“Let Down Monday”…and a Genesis Leader Webinar that Could Help

By: Jock Ficken

I’m a pastor, a leader.  For 25 years, I was a pastor-leader. (It never fully occurred to me that I, with our team, shepherded an entire generation in that congregation into heaven over those years until Gail mentioned it!) But, for more than a few of those 25 years, I suffered from “let down Monday.” … Continue reading

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The Gap between Intentions and Action

By: Jock Ficken

I am absolutely excited about Gail’s rollout of Multipli last week. If you haven’t yet… watch the video introduction: If you didn’t… read Gail’s blog from last week. If you haven’t… sign up or or recommend someone for Genesis leader. The bottom line:  I’m seeing people all over the place who are stuck and have … Continue reading

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Introducing Multipli

By: Gail Ficken

PLI family, you are the first to know! As the President/Founder, I am pleased to announce the start of Multipli, a companion organization of PLI. In PLI’s 20 year history, it has trained 3,000 leaders–mostly pastors and their spouses–in the United States and around the globe. Thanks be to God that PLI has never been … Continue reading

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Announcing Genesis Leader

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

We are absolutely excited to announce the launch of GENESIS LEADER! If you’re a pastor, can you remember each time that you’ve exhorted the congregational community to be the everyday missionaries where they live and work and play? And then you didn’t know what to do to actually train and coach and support them in … Continue reading

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The Faces of our 1,000 Young Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Here’s what I see: I see the faces of hope…in these 1,000 Young Leaders! A couple weeks ago cars and airplanes delivered these missionary pioneers to Nashville. Some were veterans of the fully online weekly training. Some were newly started. Some well on their way. They are all part of the largest adult generation in the … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Leaders Don’t Lead and Churches Don’t Change

By: Jock Ficken

It feels like every conversation I have these days, leaders are saying, “We need to adapt!” OR “Why isn’t someone at the top doing something?” OR “We really don’t know quite where to go but we know we can’t stay here.” I’ve been thinking about this a bit. Interestingly, it’s taken me back to some … Continue reading

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A Look at (almost) Post-Pandemic Ministry in Suburban Boston

By: Jock Ficken

An Interview with Eric Sahlberg I recently sat down with Pastor Eric Sahlberg to talk about leading on the other side (almost?) of the pandemic in suburban Boston. Eric is succeeding a gifted, long-tenured pastor who recently retired. COVID disrupted the smooth transition that was planned. Eric is humble, thoughtful, a champion of D2MC and … Continue reading

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Discipleship in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah and Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

Several years ago, as Gail and I would give updates at PLI learning communities, we would challenge leaders that the church in America needs pioneers. Leaders who are willing to dare and try and risk with no confidence that the outcome will be preferred. Leaders who are willing to experiment for the sake of the … Continue reading

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Community in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah & Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we started a conversation with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner. We explored how each of them has led in the uncertain times of a pandemic that shuttered their church and school. Today I’d like to pull the lens out a bit beyond COVID and look at the challenges almost all of our churches … Continue reading

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Leading in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah and Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

A few weeks ago I sat down with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner to discuss leading in uncertain times. Sarah and Micah have served at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a decade or so. They’ve been in Leadership Essentials, Senior Leader and D2MC. Now they teach and coach others. You’ll appreciate … Continue reading

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