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They Call it the Silent Exodus

By: Jock Ficken

Some interesting facts: 70% of 1st generation Korean immigrants are churched. 95% of 2nd generation Koreans are unchurched by the time they enter college, making them one of the most unreached people groups in American cities. They call it the Silent Exodus. Gone. Immigrant churches are torn between tradition and language and practice from the … Continue reading

In Memory of 3 Great Men

By: Jock Ficken

Dear friends, It’s an honor and a privilege to invite you to remember three men who significantly invested in the vibrant ministry of PLI. As PLI leans toward the completion of its 2nd decade of investing in pastors, spouses and leaders to more effectively lead and live out the Mission of God, each of us … Continue reading


5 Things to Remember about Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

Change for the sake of change is never good. It’s a waste of time, or worse, an abuse of people. It’s the issue that’s in front of every pastor and every leader and every congregation in one form or fashion…it’s not just you! And that’s why I want to offer a few reminders about leading … Continue reading

Do you or your people feel useless?

By: Jock Ficken

There’s a growing trickle of churches that increasingly engage their communities. They invest in the baptized people of God to become shepherds/missionaries where they live, work and play. This is no small task for most church leaders! People often see themselves as unable or disabled to be real participants in God’s mission. They’re good people…they … Continue reading

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What do you measure?

By: Jock Ficken

Most churches measure average worship attendance each year. Offerings, too. Easter Sunday…for most the largest Sunday attendance of the year…gives a decided boost to the average. And the Sunday after Easter? For most it’s one of the lowest. An average attendance blow and a discouragement to the leaders who count. Most of us, no matter … Continue reading

Our Easter Prayer for You

By: Jock Ficken

PLI Family, our heart this Easter is you. As you enter into the last days of Holy Week we are praying that God protects you and your family and provides for all your needs as you trust in Him. In the midst of this busy season we pray you find time to rest and joy … Continue reading


The 10 Imperceptible Leader Drifts

By: Jock Ficken

No leader, woman or man, drifts toward a preferred destination! Congregations today desperately need leaders who can point them enthusiastically toward a future vision that embodies the Mission of God while also taking on the challenge of leading themselves well. Here are 10 leader drifts: Retreating to small, safe vision when big visions and bold … Continue reading

Disciple Me First

By: Sarah Greiner

Chances are, you’ve been discipled. At some point along your faith journey someone took time to disciple, or pour into you. It probably happened unintentionally in the casual moments of life. Maybe it was the “ask your pastor any question” time in confirmation, conversations in the car with your dad, or at the dinner table … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Increase Impact and Sustainability by Serving “Outside the Walls”

By: Jock Ficken

Getting outside the church walls to serve and represent the love of Jesus to people around you is a difficult step for many churches and many of us as individuals. I used to see it as an unnecessary drain of volunteer hours desperately needed to man the programs inside our church. And today’s emerging adults … Continue reading

The 3 Non-Negotiables for Congregational Change

By: Jock Ficken

Every day, leaders wake up knowing that their congregation must navigate change or distance itself from being a vibrant community with wider influence. Here’s the problem: Inertia wakes up even earlier every day and has already resolved itself to fend off any feeble attempts at desperately needed change that would challenge status quo. So, here … Continue reading

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