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Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Mike Newman: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, Today’s COVID-19 and the Future of the Church

By: Jock Ficken

A few weeks ago I sat down with Michael Newman. Mike currently serves as president of the LCMS Texas District. He’s the author of the excellent book Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing Church. We each served wonderful Chicagoland congregations an hour apart some years ago. Mike, church leaders are trying to gain some … Continue reading

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God will Equip Us – An Interview with Bob Newton

By: Jock Ficken

A few weeks ago I sat down with Dr. Robert Newton. Missionary. Seminary Professor. Pastor. Bible scholar. Denominational executive. We laughed and lamented. Bob shared wisdom and biblical insight as it relates to our current environment.  Bob, let’s start with some perspective. What do you see happening in the world right now? What’s going on … Continue reading

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11 Things Church Leaders are Getting Right in COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

COVID-19 is no longer an interruption. It’s a disruption of everything. Church. Education. Economy. Government. Disruption. No bump in the road.  Church experts are gone. Those that claim to be are mere pretenders. Crises eliminate experts.  Here are 11 things church leaders like you are doing and getting right. They: Make decisions for today…not forever. … Continue reading

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The 5 Courage Killers Meet COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

Almost a year ago I wrote “The 5 Courage Killers” below. Some of the people in your church probably won’t be coming back to the church…soon. Others will be in a mad rush to get back to “everything’s normal.” Just to feel “normal”… Good or bad. Just Normal.  You’re in a tough spot as a … Continue reading

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4 Simple and Important Steps in Leading Your Leaders During COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

Let’s be brief this week… Here are 4 Simple and Important Steps in Leading Your Leaders Celebrate What You’ve Accomplished in the Last Two Months! You’re doing things today that you didn’t know how to spell let alone do two months ago. Make a list. Celebrate. Smile and tell each other you never would have … Continue reading

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Sign Up for “The Great Opportunity” or “School Scenarios”

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

Thanks for Leading! Last week Gail and I shared the 6 questions you and your congregational leaders need to be asking to do more with less in the coming season. These two assumptions inform the two opportunities below! Assumption #1  – The Corona Virus might have a quick cure but there’s a high probability that … Continue reading

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Do More with Less in a COVID-19/post COVID-19 World

By: Gail & Jock Ficken

COVID-19/post COVID-19 will have far reaching effects on your church: It will create more opportunities for Kingdom impact. It will result in less resources to do it. It might be over in a few weeks or months…but it won’t be over. It will make decisions for you if you don’t decide to act first. It … Continue reading

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5 Things You Have to Get Right Coming Out of COVID-19

By: Jock Ficken

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 During times of uncertainty and crisis, churches have a greater need for gifted, confident leadership! Welcome to the party…as a gifted, confident leader! (Or better said, as a group of gifted, … Continue reading

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You Made It Through Easter! Now, What’s Next?

By: Jock Ficken

Easter has come. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed! You made it.  The future looks bright! It’s just more difficult getting there than most of us thought! There are whispers that the U.S. might start to reopen in the next few weeks. So, what does this mean? According to Barna/Gloo: Two-thirds of churches report … Continue reading

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7 Pandemic Essentials and 8 Ways to Stabilize Congregational Giving

By: Jock Ficken

Again, thanks for leading. For praying, communicating, guiding, listening, remembering the mission. Allow me six leader guesses… You’re starting to realize COVID-19 and “shelter in place” isn’t going away quickly and could be around for months or years. You have some regrets about pre COVID-19 decisions you made…or didn’t make…as a leader or as a … Continue reading

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