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Posts Tagged ‘Enter New Territory’

Do You Ever Feel Like a Pretender?

By: Jock Ficken

I rode in the Batavia triathlon last month…sort of…unintentionally…for three miles.  Unbeknownst to me, my 20-mile morning ride intersected with hundreds of triathletes!  Cars were being waved through onto the same route as the riders. They shrugged. They smiled. They waved me onto the riding route, too.  For those 3 miles I rode as fast … Continue reading

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Courageous Decisions for Large-Scale Change

By: Jock Ficken

Large-scale change is all around us. Your congregation has decided to lean in to the change and adjust, adapt and improve without surrendering the ever-so-important essence of who you are. Or your congregation is dangerously flirting with the consequences. There are 3 types of decisions: Self-Serving Decision…for the sake of heritage or comfort Procrastinated Decision…for … Continue reading

Good Leaders Create Pain

By: Jock Ficken

Good leaders create pain for themselves and for those they lead from time to time. I was challenged a long time ago not to reduce my ministry leadership to the lowest common denominator where No one gets upset, It costs no one anything, Irrelevance and ineffectiveness get a passing grade. What a gift! It’s not … Continue reading

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By: Jock Ficken

Sometimes leaders need to walk away. Protect their souls. Save their families. PLI invests deeply in leaders… Gaining clarity about who they are. Navigating change. Chaplaining loss. Discovering vision. Leveraging spiritual, relational, physical, emotional well being. These are fundamental building blocks! I’m a big believer in seeing churches that are languishing and have… lost their … Continue reading

Nebo…Mount Nebo

By: Jock Ficken

The invincible walled city of Jericho was across the Jordan.  Entry point to the Land Promised.  Moses had lead the Israelites on the journey of a lifetime but he would not be leading there.  This was it for Moses.  Moses could see it. He just wouldn’t get to lead it. “Because you did not trust me … Continue reading

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Your Next Leadership Season Could Be Your Best

By: Jock Ficken

Remember when you… knew what you were passionate about? You’d give your life for it? Knew what you were good at? What gave you energy, even when you were tired? Knew the difference you could make? And then…something happened. Life… years… fuzzy focus… betrayal… bad experience. And as a result you find yourself… Not so … Continue reading

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The Disappointment Gap…Don’t Be a Settler

By: Jock Ficken

The Disappointment Gap…Don’t Be a Settler “Don’t be a Settler” commercials have been funny and frequent of late. Settling: The “other way” of dealing with the Disappointment Gap. Settling: The Lowering of Future Expectations to Match Past Experience. The Disappointment Gap evaporates when we artificially lower Expectations to match our Experience. It’s like the Good … Continue reading

Venturing into the Muddled Middle Ground

By: Jock Ficken

Nestled stubbornly between necessary endings and the prospect of new beginnings is a muddled, clumsy, uncomfortable neutral zone. Theorists name it differently. It’s the middle ground where leaders navigate the closing of a season wrapped in its emotions and memories and unsettling disorientation along with the uncertainties and fears and anxieties of what comes next. If … Continue reading

Will freelancing become normal for pastors and other ministry leaders in the church?

By: Jock Ficken

,Last week I referenced a “broken” or “soon to be broken” ministry/business model and that churches will be faced with how to: Aggressively live out the Mission of God to an emerging generation AND Cut the costs of operating congregational ministry. Very few churches do these two well… Very few churches do these two well and secure or maintain … Continue reading

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Kale and Campbell’s Soup…3 Questions Leaders Should Ask

By: Jock Ficken

Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow…let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge… (Genesis 41) Joseph had time to prepare Egypt, and God provided a season of abundance…before the famine! Russ Bredholt has been only an occasional … Continue reading

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