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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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Learnings from the DC Learning Community

By: Jock Ficken

Would you join so many others in the PLI family in making a gift…small gift, large gift, any type of gift…before December 31 that will be matched up to $50,000? We’re urgently trying to fully fund this matching gift. Here are 6 things we learned in the incredible D.C. learning community of Ethiopians, Eritreans and … Continue reading

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Crazy Hope

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need hope to lead and congregations need hope to venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory. No hope? No action! And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope! I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because … Continue reading

Impact of PLI 2017 Infographic

By: Sarah Greiner

The Leadership Challenge

By: Jock Ficken

Thanks to so many of you who invested in the multi ethnic learning communities on #GivingTuesday. You can still join in building vibrant communities with wider Gospel influence. And then, do some Christmas shopping at Heartfelt Giving. Fill out the information for creating your own site and ask your members (they’re already shopping online) to … Continue reading

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A Blessed Thanksgiving to You

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I want to personally express our thanks to you and also wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. It’s your leadership that’s helping reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our missional community met on Sunday night. It’s fairly new. Just getting started. We had some new people we had invited. It was a … Continue reading

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A Word of Thanks to You

By: Jock Ficken

I want to say a word about #GivingTuesday and the Washington, D.C., multicultural learning community. But first a word of thanks to you. Thanks for being in the PLI family! Gail and I are so encouraged by you, your stories, and your heart for the Mission of God. Here’s a simple report and an even … Continue reading

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How to Successfully Invite People to Your Church

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last several decades, churches that experienced steady or rapid growth and people coming to faith in Jesus had congregational members who joyfully invited their friends, family, and neighbors to come to church. Several things were essential: People had relationships with people who didn’t attend a church. They were motivated by the love of … Continue reading

What if YOU were the Mission Program?

By: Jock Ficken

Which would you choose to do mission: Being outfitted with a “program” (there are lots of them)? Or, BEING the “Mission Program”? My guess is that a lot of us would reach for the program! Ironically… Our trust in fitting into a program tends to run higher than our trust in God fitting us into … Continue reading

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PLI Is Different. Here are four reasons why.

By: Sarah Greiner

7 Benefits of Pruning

By: Jock Ficken

It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s well documented in many places. It’s no secret that this places enormous pressures on pastors and their families and their congregations. But… What if much of what is happening in the church is a season of pruning? And it’s a season … Continue reading

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