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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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Life is better connected. Connect with others to experience life-giving community and build authentic relationships. We have several learning communities. Find the best fit for you.

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Reflections on Retirement

By: Jock Ficken

By now you’ve seen PLI Board Chairman Lynn Thomsen’s announcement of my retirement in August 2024. I so much appreciate the caliber and character of PLI’s Board of Directors and … Continue reading

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Keep On Loving One Another

By: Jock Ficken

I first wrote and shared these words several years ago, when wildfires were raging across the Northwest and hurricanes Harvey and Irma were battering the Gulf of Mexico and east … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Nola: Where Ministry and Writing Meet in the Heart of a Pastor and Spouse

By: Jock Ficken

Ministry has been turned upside down over the last few years. COVID accelerated what was already in play. Some courageous, pioneering pastors are asking the hard questions of what it … Continue reading

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Would You Join Me in Taking a Step Forward?

By: Jock Ficken

It’s not too late to make a PLI gift for Giving Tuesday!   Most of PLI’s Learning Communities in the United States and around the globe are wrapping up for … Continue reading

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Join in Making a Gift on Giving Tuesday

By: Jock Ficken

Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching on November 28.    We are so excited to be celebrating 25 years of PLI and its impact! Lives have been changed. Congregations have been strengthened … Continue reading

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Celebrate PLI’s Gifted Family!

By: Jock Ficken

A month or so ago we hoisted the flag and invited authors within the PLI family to submit their work to us so we could commend it to you and … Continue reading

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Exploiting Opportunities

By: Jock Ficken

Opportunities abound for most of us…for most of our congregations. Seriously! But most of us, and most of our churches, find it difficult to exploit those opportunities. A gap exists … Continue reading

PLI in South Africa

By: Jock Ficken

PLI Learning Communities have been in full action this fall all across the United States and in countries around the globe. It’s difficult for me to imagine all the leaders … Continue reading

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Pioneering for the Future: Part 2 of the Interview with Jon Coyne

By: Jock Ficken

Last week, I shared the front end of a conversation with Pastor Jon Coyne. Jon leads a congregation outside San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Gail and I … Continue reading

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Embracing a Future that Jesus is a Part Of: An Interview with Rev. Jon Coyne

By: Jock Ficken

We have so many pastors (and spouses) who are faithfully leading and serving with little fanfare in challenging circumstances. Pastor Jon Coyne in Menlo Park, CA, is one of them. … Continue reading

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