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My 5 Biggest Mistakes

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I shared 5 things I wish I had learned sooner. Here are my 5 biggest mistakes as a congregational leader: 1 – INVEST IN LEADERS. I didn’t consistently invest in leaders. Didn’t disciple them to be better women and men who followed Jesus. Better leaders. More character and faith. Greater competency. I encouraged … Continue reading


5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Leader

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner as a Congregational Leader: “Leadership Essentials is the first place in my entire life I saw a healthy way to deal with conflict.”  – Leader in New England “What you celebrate you accelerate.” Here are Three Questions… Which of the 5 did you learn quicker … Continue reading

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Celebrate True Freedom

By: Jock Ficken

As we celebrate America’s Independence Day, remember and celebrate where true freedom comes from: Christ crucified and resurrected. God’s blessings to you on this holiday weekend!


BLESS People and Turn Unlived Aspirations into Action

By: Jock Ficken

Leaders cast visions of everyone being everyday missionaries. Truth be told? Most leaders struggle to do it. Most people don’t have a clue how to do it. Here’s a great model to turn unlived aspiration into action…for everyone.  Easy to remember. Easy to start practicing. Teach it. Practice it. Ask people to regularly tell stories … Continue reading

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5 Facts about Congregational Leaders

By: Jock Ficken

Five facts about congregational leaders. Most leaders overestimate what can be accomplished in 3 months and underestimate what can be accomplished in 3 years. Most leaders avoid the single, large, “this we must do” challenge and distract themselves with familiar, sometimes unproductive work. Most leaders could better connect with unchurched people by inviting them into … Continue reading



By: Sarah Greiner

Summer provides a space to pursue a different life rhythm. Think about being intentional about rest this summer by creating some margin. This unhurried time with nothing on the schedule frees you up to start new rhythms of refreshment. Use the following lists to help you plan your times of rest. Make rest a priority … Continue reading

What if You Sent off a Couple R & D Pioneers?

By: Jock Ficken

Most churches are trying to preserve what they have. Trying to avoid losing ground too quickly. Even though they know that continuing to do what they’ve been doing is not going to get them to where they need to go! They keep trying to marshal the energies to maintain. (I did this in our multi-campus … Continue reading


Quick + Crowd = Greatest Impact?

By: Jock Ficken

What’s the quickest way to the greatest impact? For the sake of the Mission of God? Maybe “quickest” and “greatest” are not compatible when it comes to impact. Leaders often equate “quickest” plus “crowd” with “greatest impact.” Particularly if “crowd” was modified with larger or bigger! There’s a growing uneasiness among leaders with this equation: … Continue reading

The 5 Courage Killers

By: Jock Ficken

Here are 5 courage killers that any leader, woman or man, needs to know and confront. They’re embedded in who we are. (And they’re adapted from Heifetz, Grashow and Linsky’s book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership.) 1. LOYALTIES TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T BELIEVE YOU’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING It’s an unstated social contract that a good … Continue reading

This We Must Do! 3 Simple Questions to Answer

By: Jock Ficken

Most congregational leaders and leadership groups lack FOCUS. The urgent constantly distracts from the important. Clear, singular focus: “This we must do!” See the note to the right about the church in one region of Tanzania has focused on seeing the witchdoctors converted to Jesus. “This we must do!” So, here’s a simple tool: Do … Continue reading


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