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Lean back. Have a Smile. Watch Kristin and Zach.

By: Jock Ficken

A little lighter fare this week. You read last week in Leadership Between the Rock and The Hard Place Virginia’s question: “Is there a group in Sioux City like that for me?” (Where I can discover with others that God loves me.) If you missed it… click back and read it. So, today… Lean back. … Continue reading

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Pockets and Places

By: Sarah Greiner

“I’m in church work so I’m around christians all day. It’s not possible for me to meet people who don’t know Jesus.” Sound familiar? We often perceive roadblocks to living missionally and feel stuck in the circles of the church world. PLI believes that God opens up possibilities for relationship with lost and broken people … Continue reading

Leadership Between the Rock and the Hard Place – The 3 Questions to Ask

By: Jock Ficken

The Rock It’s the numbers. Specifically worship attendance and offerings. As if they were an adequate and complete indicator of spiritual growth, discipleship, mission engagement in the community or with young generations…including the “nones.” I value measurements but they’re just incomplete. They insulate churches from the hard “think like a missionary” choices desperately needed that … Continue reading


The 2 Most Important Things You Can Say to an Emerging Adult

By: Jock Ficken

1000 Young Leaders launches this fall intent on deploying everyday, ordinary indigenous missionaries within their own generation. Learning how to understand and build trust so there’s traction for the truth of the Gospel to be shared. So, what if you pick out a couple of promising young adults. (Add yourself to the list if you … Continue reading

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Will the Next 10 Years be the most Fruitful?

By: Jock Ficken

What does it take for the next 10 years to be the most fruitful 10 years of your leadership life? Like last week, it will include… Necessary Endings New beginnings A “not so easy” journey through the Muddled Middle or Neutral Zone Do these well in your church? Change gets easier. Do these well personally … Continue reading

Six Energy Outputs for Top Level Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Leadership takes energy. However if you’re like me you don’t have a never ending supply. Here are six places to focus your energy that will multiply your efforts. 1 Enter New Territory. Build relationships with spiritual sojourners outside your ministry context.  You’ll gain insight that can unlock a mission future. AND be nimble. The culture changes … Continue reading

3 Critical Steps to your Best Leadership Future

By: Jock Ficken

As a leader, what if the next 10 years were your best 10 years? No matter your age and stage! The workplace is full of people that have decided that they are too old to make a shift. – William Bridges in Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes You’ve seen a lot about 1000 Young … Continue reading

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64 Things You Might Not Be Good At and What to Do About It!

By: Jock Ficken

It’s a popular myth that every leader should possess the same competencies and skills to be effective and fruitful. They don’t. You don’t. Most congregational leaders are steered into activities they’re not good at and they don’t do well! Congregations suffer because leaders make three common mistakes… Leaders never gain clarity about what stirs deep … Continue reading

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Identity! Capturing Freedom to Lead and to Live

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader I know risks fastening their identity to the wrong thing. Identity might be the most fundamental of leadership building blocks. The Flourishing in Ministry study funded by Lilly Foundation interviewed thousands of pastors. It’s one of their four fundamentals to avoid a lifetime of life depleting ministry. True for the rest of … Continue reading

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3 Simple Requests that Could Change the Trajectory of Your Ministry

By: Jock Ficken

3 simple requests that could change the trajectory of your ministry: Watch the above video and forward it For the Calling of a Generation. Pray for God to raise up young missionary disciples to go where you can’t go and do what you can’t do. Give thanks for the women and men who are faithful … Continue reading

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