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It’s Fun to be a Leader…Again

By: Jock Ficken

It’s fun to be a leader again! Have you been there? After a season of congregational leadership not being fun, to step out of the forest and into the bright sunshine of leadership and find that it’s “fun”? It’s a great thing! I loved hearing one of the leaders in the PLI family simply declare: … Continue reading

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Not So Perfect Family on Mission

By: Sarah Greiner

Hi there. My name is Sarah, and I’ve a missional story for you. It began like this…I was a bit nervous about my kids’ behaviour when I invited her over. This mom and her two kids were new to our area and I wanted to get to know them. As my youngest came up for … Continue reading

Here’s to the Dispassionate Leader!

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders need to be dispassionate — at times! I’m a champion for leaders leading with passion. Hearts fully engaged. Leaning forward. Willing to take on the “uphillness” of holding out the Mission of God. Helping the people of God align their hearts and activity around God’s vision and not condoning the simple drift to lowest … Continue reading

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Discipling is not for Experts

By: Sarah Greiner

When I asked Tricia Foster, PLI alumni and discipleship huddle leader, what things Jesus taught her about discipleship through leading huddles, the first thing she said was “You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to have a disciple.” This is a bit earth shattering. Jesus had disciples and I’d say he was an expert. … Continue reading

I’ve Got One More Good Run in Me

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I have opportunity to be in conversations with PLI family across all age groups, from those entering PLI in their 20s and all the way to those in their 70s and 80s eager to invest in the leaders several decades their junior. We frequently hear the 50s/early 60’s crowd say… I love these … Continue reading

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PLI’s International Impact

By: Jock Ficken

Our international teams lead by Scott and Lori Rische wrapped up a week of training in Uganda earlier this month. They focused on “Leading Change for the Sake of the Mission.” The team leaves Sunday for an 8th year of training in Ethiopia. Are you following PLI on Facebook? Be sure to watch our page … Continue reading

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4 Questions Leaders Should Ask

By: Sarah Greiner

Do you care about the missing emerging adults?

By: Jock Ficken

Will we lose an entire generation plus the next generation? I attended a two-room school in a Nebraska farm town. Fantastic! Farms were small. Families abundant. The generations before me sacrificed for that opportunity. I’m deeply thankful! I had the same teacher for five years in a row, Mr. Walter Brase. The first time I … Continue reading

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3 Questions that Get Real and Move On

By: Sarah Greiner

As leaders how often are we honest? I mean, really step back and take stock of what’s actually going on in our ministry culture? If we do, are we afraid of what we’ll find? Will we be paralyzed by fear? Here are 3 questions we ask in PLI’s Discipleship to Missional Community to help leaders … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Keep Your Church a Fort

By: Jock Ficken

American churches are like forts. 30% of the members ride into the fort once a week and then they ride back out of the fort intending not to be influenced…or to influence…the people who live out on the frontier. And, frontier people have no interest in discovering what fort people do inside their forts or … Continue reading

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