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Stopping Setting Up Leaders to Fail

By: Jock Ficken

The door to a vibrant, future church in 2030 swings on the hinges of relational discipleship! Here are 4 thoughts! We’ve settled for a discipleship that looks good on the surface. You can only give away what you yourself possess. Minimally transformed leaders produce minimally transformed leadership groups that result in minimally transformed ministries. And… … Continue reading

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8 Things You and Your Congregational Leaders could Learn from the Church in Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

Last month, PLI took its board and some of its friends to learn from the Church in Ethiopia and to observe PLI’s training, expertly designed and developed by Dr. Scott and Lori Rische, PLI’s international directors. (Similar to PLI’s Leadership Essentials in the U.S.). It’s estimated that there are 25 million evangelical Christians in Ethiopia. … Continue reading

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3 Different Leaders. 3 Different Results.

By: Jock Ficken

There’s really only one way to get to a vibrant 2030 church… no matter your tactics or plan. The journey requires stepping into the chasm.

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10 Nuggets Worth Learning from Mel and Nolan and their Friend John!

By: Jock Ficken

You read last week the story of Mel and Nolan and their friend John. John wasn’t sure God existed. He definitely didn’t believe God cared. John was alone. He didn’t trust the church. Enter 1000YL Mel and Nolan. They notice John. Sense the prompting of God. Genuine in their friendship. They become good news to … Continue reading

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Melissa & Nolan’s Story

By: Jock Ficken

The world has changed. There are 73.4 million millennials. Most are gone from our churches. 1000 Young Leaders seeks to train millennial missionaries to their own generation. A vibrant 2030 church will see the baptized people of God owning the mission of God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. You’ll like this 1000YL story. Meet … Continue reading

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2030 Pioneering while Living Up to Expectations

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we began to pursue how to make sense of getting from “here” to “there” in 2030.  Here’s the Dilemma There are roughly 350,000 churches in the United States and the vast, vast majority are focused on serving the 25% (and rapidly shrinking!) of the population identified as practicing Christians.  Two fundamental problems result: … Continue reading

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Evidence for the Need for a Vibrant 2030 Church

By: Jock Ficken

A few months ago we sounded the alarm that there won’t be much left of the established church in the U.S. by 2030…a why we can’t stay “here.” We offered a snapshot of what an emerging, vibrant church might look like in 2030…a picture of “there.” We did our best to invite you as a … Continue reading

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The Church Needs 2 Types of Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Whether woman or man, baptized or clergy, you most likely align with one of these two: NEW, YOUNG LEADERS You’re new to the leadership thing. Younger. Newer. Short track record. Genuine. You’re eager…or reluctant. You’ve been… Elected. Called. Nominated. Recruited. Convinced. Whatever! (You might be a 1000 Young Leader…link) Your eye is likely on the … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020!

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Allow us a simple word of thanks. You show up to lead almost every day in your congregation.  Easy or not Experiencing joys or not Trends up and to the right or not We’d simply like to say thanks. You’ve read our vision of what an emerging vibrant church might look like in 2030 over … Continue reading

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A Christmas Poem

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

We thought you would enjoy this as a wonderful Christmas reflection from Tanner Olson. Tanner is an author, speaker and poet who goes by the name Written to Speak. He is currently available to come speak at your school, church, or organization. Visit www.writtentospeak.com for more information! Tanner’s wife Sarah is a member of the … Continue reading

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