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A Simple Solution for Reaching People

By: Jock Ficken

“So, did you grow up around here?” I was in North Dakota. Gail and I were driving home from vacation. (Beautiful drive!) It’s a question I often ask when meeting waiters, hotel staff, folks pausing long enough for a brief intersection of stories. It’s a chance for me to listen to a bit of their … Continue reading

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Pioneering a New Future

By: Jock Ficken

There are pockets around the United States where it still feels like not a lot has changed. Gail and I were in one of those pockets last week near St. Louis at a large PLI congregation.  “We had our largest attendance at Christmas that we’ve ever had! Last month!” Not many leaders are saying that … Continue reading

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The Real Measure of your Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

What if the real measure of your leadership was not all that was accomplished within your span of influence (count: worship attendance, offerings, buildings and programs built, etc.), but the “successes/successors,” the congregational “heroes,” you mentored? Successors who might shine as bright or brighter than you and might become the future leaders/mentors the church will … Continue reading

Where is God Leading you Next?

By: Jock Ficken

I asked a bunch of younger leaders to do the difficult, to challenge some “landing pattern” pastors and spouses and others who have served so well for so long to not squander what might be their largest legacy in helping the Church set sail toward a new season of great mission vibrancy. This “landing pattern” … Continue reading

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Are you in a Landing Pattern?

By: Jock Ficken

Here are two realities: Reality 1: The United States is one of the largest mission fields in the world. Reality 2: Large numbers of pastor-leaders (spouse-leaders and lay-leaders too!) will retire in the next 3… or 5… or 7 years. They’re all flying toward a landing pattern transition. (Or they’ve already landed.) The popular view … Continue reading

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Grit Your Teeth and Get in the Local Mission

By: Jock Ficken

So many—pastors, churches, women, men—who intentionally enter some slice of their community to represent Jesus and respond to the mission of God start by gritting their teeth and finally giving it a try. They’ve heard about it, talked about it, prayed about it, but never did anything about it. There is a lot of talk, … Continue reading

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2 Prayers for the Mission Field

By: Jock Ficken

The Prayer Dr. Robert Newton, former missionary to the Philippines, former district president and PLI Board member, explained that when they were missionaries in the Philippines they would kneel down, hold hands and pray the essence of these two prayers as they prepared to enter a village.     We have now come with the One … Continue reading

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Do the Important Stuff

By: Sherrah Behrens

“WOW! THERE MUST BE SOME REALLY GOOD STUFF HAPPENING HERE!” That was the response of a couple of leaders attending the conference our congregation hosted some years ago. Several years earlier we had jumped to a multiple campus ministry and had now built the first phase of the new campus where the event was being … Continue reading

To the Little-Known Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Most ministry leaders are not well known outside their local setting. Their fame is not widely traveled. Their stature is the product of wise decisions and godly behavior. They lead with character. They live with hope. They set their sights on what needs to get done…even when it’s difficult. No excuses! Just simple resolve. They … Continue reading

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Celebrate God’s Work around the World

By: Jock Ficken

Please allow me to use this space to do more of an update about PLI and its work than I would usually do in this space! Last week, PLI was training in: Ghana with our first trained trainer from Uganda on the team! That means this leader has been through a Learning Community and then … Continue reading

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