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The Faces of our 1,000 Young Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Here’s what I see: I see the faces of hope…in these 1,000 Young Leaders! A couple weeks ago cars and airplanes delivered these missionary pioneers to Nashville. Some were veterans of the fully online weekly training. Some were newly started. Some well on their way. They are all part of the largest adult generation in the … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Leaders Don’t Lead and Churches Don’t Change

By: Jock Ficken

It feels like every conversation I have these days, leaders are saying, “We need to adapt!” OR “Why isn’t someone at the top doing something?” OR “We really don’t know quite where to go but we know we can’t stay here.” I’ve been thinking about this a bit. Interestingly, it’s taken me back to some … Continue reading

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A Look at (almost) Post-Pandemic Ministry in Suburban Boston

By: Jock Ficken

An Interview with Eric Sahlberg I recently sat down with Pastor Eric Sahlberg to talk about leading on the other side (almost?) of the pandemic in suburban Boston. Eric is succeeding a gifted, long-tenured pastor who recently retired. COVID disrupted the smooth transition that was planned. Eric is humble, thoughtful, a champion of D2MC and … Continue reading

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Discipleship in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah and Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

Several years ago, as Gail and I would give updates at PLI learning communities, we would challenge leaders that the church in America needs pioneers. Leaders who are willing to dare and try and risk with no confidence that the outcome will be preferred. Leaders who are willing to experiment for the sake of the … Continue reading

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Community in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah & Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we started a conversation with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner. We explored how each of them has led in the uncertain times of a pandemic that shuttered their church and school. Today I’d like to pull the lens out a bit beyond COVID and look at the challenges almost all of our churches … Continue reading

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Leading in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Sarah and Micah Greiner

By: Jock Ficken

A few weeks ago I sat down with Sarah and Pastor Micah Greiner to discuss leading in uncertain times. Sarah and Micah have served at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a decade or so. They’ve been in Leadership Essentials, Senior Leader and D2MC. Now they teach and coach others. You’ll appreciate … Continue reading

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How is Your Relational and Emotional Health?

By: Jock Ficken

This is an exciting blog to write. You already know that the PLI family is an incredibly encouraging and supportive family. Especially while you lead in these uncertain times. Two members of the PLI family have independently raised their hand and offered to provide a place of respite and retreat for ministry leaders as a … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Your Leadership in Uncertain Times: The 4 Fundamentals

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we introduced 4 fundamentals for leadership in uncertain times. COUNSEL from those you trust CLARITY of your mission FLEXIBILITY with programs or plans TRANSPARENCY even when it’s not pleasant to say or there’s not much to say I recently met with some folks who lead a prominent national ministry. We had a lot … Continue reading

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4 Keys to Leading in Times of Uncertainty

By: Jock Ficken

We all thought that a few weeks in March 2020 spelled uncertainty. Over a year later, most of us, and most of our congregations, continue to experience the turbulence of leading in times of uncertainty. Last week I offered 4 major challenges that hide behind most of the uncertainties that we experience in our churches. … Continue reading

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Stating the Obvious about Discipleship Today

By: Jock Ficken

Nehemiah stated the obvious: The walls are broken down. Jerusalem is at risk.Noah stated the obvious: Repent; it’s going to rain.Nebuchadnezzar stated the obvious: I’ve got the world by the tail. (But it was a short-sighted assessment that led to his demise.) Here’s my attempt at stating the obvious about discipleship in today’s churches. Most … Continue reading

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