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The Disappointment Gap…Don’t Be a Settler

By: Jock Ficken

The Disappointment Gap…Don’t Be a Settler “Don’t be a Settler” commercials have been funny and frequent of late. Settling: The “other way” of dealing with the Disappointment Gap. Settling: The Lowering of Future Expectations to Match Past Experience. The Disappointment Gap evaporates when we artificially lower Expectations to match our Experience. It’s like the Good … Continue reading

Leading Through Disappointment

By: Jock Ficken

Leading Through Disappointment Gail and I are champions for celebration! We believe the church as a whole and leaders in particular wait too long to celebrate. Celebration is a PLI value.  Today, however, I’d like to look at the other side of the coin. Men and women leading in the Mission of God need to … Continue reading

Venturing into the Muddled Middle Ground

By: Jock Ficken

Nestled stubbornly between necessary endings and the prospect of new beginnings is a muddled, clumsy, uncomfortable neutral zone. Theorists name it differently. It’s the middle ground where leaders navigate the closing of a season wrapped in its emotions and memories and unsettling disorientation along with the uncertainties and fears and anxieties of what comes next. If … Continue reading

Can you dare to dream again?

By: Jock Ficken

Can I challenge you? Today I’m not thinking about those who have the wind at their backs… I’m thinking of all the rest of us! I see marvelous examples all over the place. Oftentimes in the most difficult of circumstances and situations, somebody–usually the pastor and another leader or two–dared to dream again. For some … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Gift Planning

By: Jock Ficken

People don’t realize that when they die they can pick two of three places to give their money. They can give it to The Government (taxes) Family Ministry or other charities Which two would you like to designate in your estate plans? Such was the introduction at a congregation that had capitalized on a congregation-wide … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Pastors Don’t Teach People to Give…and 7 Things They Can Do

By: Jock Ficken

Most pastors in most churches don’t teach people a biblical foundation for giving and as a result they harvest what they sow…or what they haven’t sown! (This follows the “broken ministry/business model”  reference a few weeks ago.) I started down this journey by misadventure some years ago myself. I was a new pastor. I had … Continue reading

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Will freelancing become normal for pastors and other ministry leaders in the church?

By: Jock Ficken

,Last week I referenced a “broken” or “soon to be broken” ministry/business model and that churches will be faced with how to: Aggressively live out the Mission of God to an emerging generation AND Cut the costs of operating congregational ministry. Very few churches do these two well… Very few churches do these two well and secure or maintain … Continue reading

Kale and Campbell’s Soup…3 Questions Leaders Should Ask

By: Jock Ficken

Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow…let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge… (Genesis 41) Joseph had time to prepare Egypt, and God provided a season of abundance…before the famine! Russ Bredholt has been only an occasional … Continue reading

Mary Magdalene’s Three Tips for Pastors

By: Jock Ficken

Sharon, my Mary Magdalene for the morning, was my shuttle driver between airport and hotel. Thirty minutes, just the two of us. She…a talker! Me…not so much. It was quickly obvious that Sharon was a representative of the growing majority of people in most communities that have clicked the “not interested in church” button. I decided … Continue reading

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The Wright Brothers Soft Landings… 3 Things I Learned

By: Jock Ficken

The Wright Brothers chose Kitty Hawk, NC, for their flying experiments. It had: Wind Good weather Sand dunes…. for soft landings Soft landings…for when their experiments failed!   God seems to be providing unprecedented opportunities for wider Gospel influence for the people of God in the chaos of our current culture, but…   …if most churches are … Continue reading

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