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Posts Tagged ‘Enter New Territory’

There’s Still Good News in Your Congregation

By: Jock Ficken

Of course there’s still good news… right? The Bible is being taught. The Gospel is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are being administered. Plus, you and other folks like you are … Continue reading

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Leading Change: I Lived to Tell about It!

By: Jock Ficken

Over the last several weeks, we have: This week I’m continuing the storytelling I began last week about my experience in leading change. I shared about two of my early … Continue reading

My Experience in Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

In the past weeks: You may be asking, does this really work in my church? I’m certainly no expert but I thought it best this week and next to lean … Continue reading

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5 Killers of Courage

By: Jock Ficken

There are 5 things that will kill courage that any leader, woman or man, needs to know and confront. They’re embedded in who we are. (And they’re adapted from Heifetz, … Continue reading

7 Common Mistakes Made When Leading Change

By: Jock Ficken

Last week we compared remembering the past for nostalgia or for future vision. Practically speaking, most of us are not able to pursue a compelling God-inspired future vision without first … Continue reading

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“PLI Checked All the Boxes”: Continuing the Conversation with Cheryl Gieseke

By: Jock Ficken

This week I’m continuing my conversation with Cheryl Gieseke, a champion for young pastors and spouses. But first, a word from one of the young pastors who has benefited from … Continue reading

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Leading While Leaving: An Interview with Mark Zehnder

By: Jock Ficken

Mark and Sharon Zehnder have been longtime champions of PLI. Mentors. Donors. Sharon was on staff for some years. Mark served as senior pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, for many years … Continue reading

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Building a Foundation that Will Live On

By: Jock Ficken

PLI has always placed a high value on a husband and wife learning together. Last week we listened in on the transition to retirement of Pastor Steve Sohns and Pastor … Continue reading

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Some Wisdom on Retirement for Leaders Who Aren’t Ready to Retire

By: Jock Ficken

Back in 2022 I shared a TED talk about the four stages of retirement and the things that those who aren’t ready to retire can still learn. I admit that … Continue reading

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Reflections on Retirement

By: Jock Ficken

By now you’ve seen PLI Board Chairman Lynn Thomsen’s announcement of my retirement in August 2024. I so much appreciate the caliber and character of PLI’s Board of Directors and … Continue reading

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