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Posts Tagged ‘Enter New Territory’

The Gap between Intentions and Action

By: Jock Ficken

I am absolutely excited about Gail’s rollout of Multipli last week. If you haven’t yet… watch the video introduction: If you didn’t… read Gail’s blog from last week. If you haven’t… sign up or or recommend someone for Genesis leader. The bottom line:  I’m seeing people all over the place who are stuck and have … Continue reading

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Gathered and Scattered

By: Jock Ficken

Remember when we all shut down and scattered back in March…for two weeks? Remember when whatever it is that you lead adjusted…adapted…zoomed…went online…got creative? And remember when you started talking about “going back to normal?” Do you remember the first time it occurred to you that “back to normal” would not be “normal”—maybe similar but … Continue reading

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Letting Go of the Single Voice to Reach the Many

By: Gail Ficken

Many of you know that I grew up in suburban Washington, D.C. Our neighbors changed based on who was ushered in by the most recent presidential election. To say that “I work for the government” was oftentimes code for CIA or FBI, or someone who wanted to appear important or mysterious. As a child I … Continue reading

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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

Get In The Game

By: Jock Ficken

Get yourself in the mission game if you’re not there already! Don’t wait for all those folks to one day wake up and decide they should ask you about Jesus. You’ll be waiting a long time. (Review our Christendom and Post-Christendom PLI Entry Paths.) It was incredibly difficult when I started down this path. I … Continue reading

Look Into the Future

By: Jock Ficken

As a leader…think women and men here…it’s your job to be looking out into the future of your congregation, your ministry, your organization! Seeing the bigger picture Looking at your stated mission. Have we drifted? Are we aligned? Thinking more than most 20 years ago PLI’s founders saw the big picture and started to train … Continue reading

Overcoming the Hesitater in You

By: Jock Ficken

… the spirit told me to have no hesitation—Peter (Acts 11:12) It was part of Peter’s explanation/defense of the landmark visit to Cornelius, equally buttressed by… So if God gave them the same gift he gave us…who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way? (v. 17) No doubt that Peter’s vision … Continue reading

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Impact Through Authenticity

By: Kyrie Klopke

We all desire authenticity, yet it’s hard to find in our culture today AND — dare I say? — even harder to find among Christians or in the church. It’s difficult to share Jesus with your friends or co-workers without coming across as judgmental, hypocritical, or religiously irrelevant. So how do you live an authentic … Continue reading

Pockets and Places

By: Sarah Greiner

“I’m in church work so I’m around Christians all day. It’s not possible for me to meet people who don’t know Jesus.” Sound familiar? We often perceive roadblocks to living missionally and feel stuck in the circles of the church world. PLI believes that God opens up possibilities for relationship with lost and broken people … Continue reading

Identity! Capturing Freedom to Lead and to Live

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader I know risks fastening their identity to the wrong thing. Identity might be the most fundamental of leadership building blocks. The Flourishing in Ministry study funded by Lilly Foundation interviewed thousands of pastors. It’s one of their four fundamentals to avoid a lifetime of life depleting ministry. True for the rest of … Continue reading

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