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Thank You

By: Jock Ficken

I’m prompted to offer a simple word and a simple story. The Word Thanks! Thanks for the sacrifices and risks that you make for the Gospel to be shared with people that don’t live in His grace. Thanks for being faithful. Thanks for serving and leading when it would be easier to comply and coast. … Continue reading

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When leaders stop growing….Organizations start dying.

By: Jock Ficken

It’s an unfortunate truth. Leadership has a short shelf life. Especially in the rapid, discontinuous changes of the last decade or two. Leaders leading with no leadership growth quickly become inhibitors to the ministries they lead. It can happen at 29…39…59! If you’re leading the same way you did back then, you’re leading a diminished … Continue reading

Where is God leading you next?

By: Jock Ficken

I asked a bunch of younger leaders to do the difficult, to challenge some “landing pattern” pastors and spouses and others who have served so well for so long to not squander what might be their largest legacy in helping the Church set sail toward a new season of great mission vibrancy. This “landing pattern” … Continue reading

Landing Pattern

By: Jock Ficken

The United States is the 3rd largest mission field in the world. Here are two realities: Reality 1: The United States is the 3rd largest mission field in the world. Reality 2: Large numbers of pastor-leaders (spouse-leaders and lay-leaders too!) will retire in the next 3…5…7 years. They’re all flying toward a landing pattern transition … Continue reading

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7 Simple Steps to Better Focus as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

FOCUS. Most leaders don’t focus well. Life just happens. They don’t prioritize. Next year will look a lot like last year. A little better…a little worse.  There’s something inherently evil in most leaders’ minds about being FOCUSED. FOCUS implies… Accountability to themselves. Accountability to others. An expectation that something will actually result. That something should … Continue reading

Discover Your Leadership Sweet Spot

By: Sarah Greiner

    Discover Your Leadership Sweet Spot Three Areas You Need to Explore At PLI we know that when leaders lead out of their own unique gifts, talents and abilities great things happen. Leaders break down isolation and fear in ministry to gain hope and courage to become great leaders. Ministry teams are unleashed, and … Continue reading

Relationships Lead to Jesus: A Story from China

By: Sarah Greiner

Earlier this month, Scott and Lori Rische, leaders of our international work based in China, were able to baptize their friend Eva. Through her relationship with the Risches and other believers, God cultivated curiosity about Jesus that eventually led Eva to come to faith.   “Lori and I got to know Eva (her English name) … Continue reading

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Three Things that Always Take Leaders Off Course

By: Jock Ficken

In a world bent on its own course(s), you represent that “there is another king, one called Jesus.” (Acts 17:7)  Thank you!  You are valued and valuable!  The Word of God still changes lives and the Spirit still has power.  What you’re doing, what you’re leading…it’s important. Thessalonica offered OPPOSITION to Paul and to that … Continue reading

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Marriage & Mission

By: Jock Ficken

“We Need Help.” I know that not everyone reading right now is married. You’ll be okay this time. I also know that if you are married and if you are a ministry leader and if your marriage is humming along right now, you are in a distinct minority. Healthy marriage and fruitful ministry can seem … Continue reading

Do the Important Stuff

By: Jock Ficken

WOW! THERE MUST BE SOME REALLY GOOD STUFF HAPPENING HERE! That was the response of a couple of leaders attending the conference our congregation hosted some years ago. Several years earlier we had jumped to a multiple campus ministry and had now built the first phase of the new campus where the event was being … Continue reading

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