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PLI is devoted to empowering leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their ministries. Learn more about our vision and process here.

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Sabbatical Makes a Difference

By: Jock Ficken

This week we continue the interview with Rev. Tim Fangemeier, and get into some more of the details of sabbatical. Read the first part of the interview here. Tim, you … Continue reading

Why You Need a Sabbatical

By: Jock Ficken

Tim Fangmeier has been a champion of sabbaticals for pastors and staff longer than I’ve realized that I’m not invincible! Tim and his team have an incredible resource at Ministry … Continue reading

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What’s Different in Ethiopia?

By: Jock Ficken

We’ve been talking all things PLI and Ethiopia with PLI’s international director Dr. Scott Rische. (A Look Inside the Training of 20,000 in Ethiopia and PLI’s Beginning in Ethiopia.) Today, … Continue reading

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PLI’s Beginning in Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

In last week’s interview with Dr. Scott Rische, PLI’s international director, you saw a close-up look at PLI’s training focus on the Mission of God and leaders leading with character! … Continue reading

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A Look Inside the Training of 20,000 Leaders in Ethiopia

By: Jock Ficken

I sat down with Dr. Scott Rische last week to talk about Ethiopia and the rapid growth of Christianity, PLI’s training, the need for humble, godly leaders, and so much … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Increase Impact and Sustainability by Serving “Outside the Walls”

By: Jock Ficken

Getting outside the church walls to serve and represent the love of Jesus to people around you is a difficult step for many churches and for many of us as … Continue reading

A Creative Way to Screen Candidates for Your Next Pastor

By: Jock Ficken

This week I’d like you to lean back and just smile with me! Okay? The Senior Leader learning community met in Tampa a few weeks ago. The entire immersion centered … Continue reading

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5 Truths about Emotional Intelligence

By: Jock Ficken

The Senior Leader cohort recently spent a day around Emotional Intelligence as it relates to leading high performing teams. It was an exceptional day! To be honest, I was taking … Continue reading

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We’re Celebrating 20 Years of PLI International!

By: Jock Ficken

To my detriment—and that of the good, godly people in our congregation—as a young pastor, I thought you were only supposed to celebrate “big deal” events. So in my early … Continue reading

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A Tribute to the Life of Eunice Otte

By: Jock Ficken

Eunice Otte was invited home to heaven a few weeks ago. Her funeral is this morning (May 4) in Fort Worth, TX. She was 94! You can read her obituary here. … Continue reading

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