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Rebirth and Renewal

By: Jock Ficken

Congregations have life cycles, just like people. Birth Growth Decline Death… or… Renewal or Rebirth No secrets here… most congregations are on the decline side of the curve. Few have imagined how many churches will die in the next decade. So, let me speak to what I hope is a growing group of courageous champions. … Continue reading

Adaptive Leadership: Five Things You Need To Practice To Lead In This Ever Changing World

By: Sarah Greiner

Change is happening at an unprecedented rate, leaving leaders of churches and Christian organizations asking, “What do we do?” Here are five things you need to practice to lead in this ever changing world. 1. Capacity to be an adaptive leader begins with a humble spirit. A humble spirit attaches itself to the mastery of new skills … Continue reading

Time, Vision & Grace: Three Things You Need to Get Out of the Pit

By: Sarah Greiner

Isolation is a familiar word to those in the pit. Whether inflicted or perceived, isolation is crippling to God’s invitation to build something deeper and stronger out of the pit experience. (Read You’re in The Pit: Three things to do while you’re there.) Through relationships, time, vision and grace can be offered to help you … Continue reading

7 Benefits of Pruning

By: Jock Ficken

It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s well documented in many places. It’s no secret that this places enormous pressures on pastors and their families and their congregations. But… What if much of what is happening in the church is a season of pruning? And it’s a season … Continue reading

Six MORE Ways to Speak Life in Times of Crises

By: Sarah Greiner

The devastating results of #Harvey #Irma and the wildfires in Oregon have us in the PLI team thinking about the best ways to love and help neighbors, friends and strangers in times of crisis. We worked with Diane Bahn, resident in a Harvey affected area and Leadership Essentials leader/coach, to compile a list of helpful … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Speak Life in Times of Crisis

By: Sarah Greiner

We at PLI are grieved by the tragedies in Texas, Florida and the wildfires in the Northwest. To the many in the PLI family that were affected, you are in our prayers.  For those of you who are mobilizing to help, thank you. When we encounter someone in crisis it can be hard to know … Continue reading

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Keep on Loving One Another

By: Jock Ficken

Irma…Harvey…fires in the Northwest! We’ve been encouraged by so many, and by those in the PLI family in particular, that are in the middle of it all and stepping up to make a difference. And the many not impacted that are extending their impact into these arenas. (Here’s a video of what just one church … Continue reading

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10 Things We Learned from the Flood

By: Jock Ficken

Hurricane Harvey and Greater Houston Our hearts have been warmed by the incredible response in and for greater Houston and equally overwhelmed by the scope of its loss and devastation. For those of you “in it”…you are loved. For those of us on the outside looking in… we get ready for the long haul of … Continue reading

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A New Fundraising Model

By: Jock Ficken

Stewardship…Giving…Fund Raising…the churches that are navigating through the rough waters of adaptive challenge are also figuring out sustainable funding models. They are building future financial muscle today through a comprehensive (they’ve stopped dabbling!) gift planning initiative. Teri can share this  affordable and highly effective PLI/LCMS Foundation model. They are building healthy current stewards by annually inviting … Continue reading

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Mapping Cultural Distance

By: Jock Ficken

The PLI community cares about leaders and the future of the church and the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Its pioneering spirit looks to journey toward new, better horizons. Let me tell you a quick story from lunch at a restaurant the other day and then it’s translation! “I overheard what your … Continue reading

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