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Surviving Sabotage

By: Jock Ficken

The call came while we were on a February family vacation some years ago. Our congregation was deciding to leave its much loved 150 year old inner city campus to join the rapidly growing suburban campus and then expand our vibrant Hispanic congregation in its place. “Pastor, there’s a hundred people in Luther Hall. They’re … Continue reading

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A New Fundraising Model

By: Jock Ficken

Stewardship…Giving…Fund Raising…the churches that are navigating through the rough waters of adaptive challenge are also figuring out sustainable funding models. They are building future financial muscle today through a comprehensive (they’ve stopped dabbling!) gift planning initiative. Teri can share this  affordable and highly effective PLI/LCMS Foundation model. They are building healthy current stewards by annually inviting … Continue reading

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4 Things Great Leaders Never Do

By: Jock Ficken

Good congregational leadership is imperative!      Good congregational leadership can be developed! Here are 4 things good church leaders never do! Good Leaders never blame circumstances or other people for their congregational challenges. It is what it is. They pray. They trust. They roll up their sleeves. They go about the task of taking action.  … Continue reading

Mapping Cultural Distance

By: Jock Ficken

The PLI community cares about leaders and the future of the church and the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Its pioneering spirit looks to journey toward new, better horizons. Let me tell you a quick story from lunch at a restaurant the other day and then it’s translation! “I overheard what your … Continue reading

Leading with What’s Left

By: Jock Ficken

Mistakes Leaders Make and How to Fix Them “I’m not sure how much I have left.” There have been a few pivotal moments/seasons in my leadership years where I’ve hauntingly wondered, occasionally voiced, “I’m not sure how much I have left.” I’d tell Gail. In my darkest “wonder what’s left” it was sometimes difficult even … Continue reading

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So You Think Your Church is Failing…What Can You Do?

By: Jock Ficken

80% of U.S. churches… Worship less than 100. Face steady to rapid decline. Possess collective memories of being 2 times or 10 times larger. Leaders and members are taunted with the whisper that they’re failing. Usually today’s realities were set in motion years earlier by… A stubborn refusal or inability to make necessary changes for … Continue reading

4 Questions Missional Leaders Should Ask

By: Sarah Greiner

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Summer’s Here! Refresh!

By: Sarah Greiner

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Discipleship: Three lessons I learned from playing Simon Says

By: Sarah Greiner

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Why Not Lead with Saying Thank You?

By: Jock Ficken

Congregational leaders need to be bold masters at graciously navigating change! It’s essential to faithfully living out the vision that God has for your congregation…or people will never be touched with the love of Jesus! Members prefer to cast their vote for “no change” and champion the elusive status quo…until they realize the enormous short-sightedness … Continue reading

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