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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 4 of 7: Leader Teams

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

A vibrant church has emerged in 2030 that’s lead by teams of disciple-making leaders. There are very few full-time salaried pastors now in 2030. There are plenty of wonderful exceptions. Large churches. Other models. But the vast majority of what has emerged is being led and gathered by teams of leader-disciples…oftentimes collaborating alongside pastors.  Teams—not … Continue reading

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He Said, She Said

By: Sarah Greiner

As the fall learning community season is coming to a close we wanted to share some of the comments we’ve been receiving about the impact PLI is having in the lives of leaders. I felt alone. On an island. PLI encouraged me, gave me the courage to step up and be the leader our church … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the US in 2030 -Part 3 of 7: Communities of Missionaries

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

You already know the institutional church is a whisper of what it was in 2030. Mostly gone.     But, over the last decade a vibrant church has begun to emerge… The church discovered that it could carry a “light backpack.”  It invested in relational discipleship. Changed the congregational culture. It was the single greatest shift responsible … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Church in the U.S. in 2030, Part 2 of 7: Making Disciples for Life

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

No one single shift did more to change what emerged as a vibrant church in 2030 than the rapid development of relational discipleship/apprenticeship. A disciple investing their time, energy, skills, and life in others to make better followers of Jesus.  It’s hard to imagine that a decade earlier it would have been unusual for most … Continue reading

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A Picture of a Vibrant Christian Church in the U.S. in 2030 Part 1 of 7

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Two weeks ago we shared that the institutional church, possibly Christianity in general, will be a whisper, mostly a shadow, in the U.S. by 2030. But, there’s good news in 2030 of a small, vibrant, emerging Christian church in the U.S. It’s certainly the work of the Spirit breathing breath into dry bones (Ezekiel 37). … Continue reading

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U-Haul Truck

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

By 2030 much of the institutional church in the U.S. will have significantly collapsed. We’re not wishing it to go away. It just is. It’s exponentially accelerating toward that juncture now! You can tell that we’re not campaigning to win a popular vote right now! It’s incumbent upon us to help give birth to what … Continue reading

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The Christian Church in 2030

By: Jock Ficken

For Gail and me, here’s our sobering reality: By 2030 the Christian landscape in the United States will be mostly cleared. Historic denominations will be a whisper of what they once were…by 2030. Congregations gone. Many more will be simply shadows of what they once were…by 2030. The Christian “footprint” of the people of God will … Continue reading

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Introducing New PLI Team Members

By: Jock Ficken

God is moving through PLI in ways that are “more than we could ask or imagine.” We have once again experienced our largest enrollments in PLI this year. 1000 Young Leaders has had a strong launch. And our international presence has been deepening work around the world. We are in awe of what God is … Continue reading

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20 More Reasons Your Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now

By: Jock Ficken

For 20 years PLI has been a big fan of pastors and their spouses! We’re eager to invest in them, to see their congregations vital and reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus. It might seem counter-intuitive to make a list of 20 reasons your pastor may not finish well 40 years from now and to … Continue reading

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20 Reasons Your New Pastor Might not Finish Well 40 Years from Now   

By: Jock Ficken

20 years ago PLI began with a simple equation… When pastors and spouses become better, healthier leaders The people they lead benefit, and The congregation has greater capacity to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. Explore how the 1,000 Young Leaders Initiative can partner with your organization to extend the reach of the gospel … Continue reading

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