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Posts Tagged ‘Leadership Challenges’

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

Mentoring Leads to Life-Enriching Leadership

By: Jock Ficken

Every church leader needs mentors, coaches, guides to flourish. (For short, we’ll call them mentors.) Remember this? Think of “3” as spiritual apathy and distrusting of church leaders. Think that your leadership task gets increasingly difficult with every widely reported sexual misconduct and cover up noted last week. The Flourishing in Ministry research among thousands … Continue reading

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Flourishing in Ministry…It’s all about Relationships!

By: Jock Ficken

Is your ministry life-enriching or life-depleting? Congregational leadership can flourish…be life-enriching and not life-depleting…when four types of relationships are well according to Bloom’s Flourishing in Ministry project. While this was a clergy study, you’ll find easy application to whatever your role. We termed it “Collegiality” last week.  Here are the four critical relationships: Family and … Continue reading

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Mission Teams: Are they about the Team or the Mission?

By: Jock Ficken

Why Leading Today is So Difficult In defense of the pastors and leaders! We have a few other articles (read them here and here) that have focused on the mission challenge before leaders of the church in this post Christendom age. If we’re not careful it can produce a “somebody should do something” bromide that … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Difficult

By: Jock Ficken

I’m not exactly sure when I first put the pieces together that leading is difficult…even when we think it’s going to be difficult. Big things are difficult: Turnaround churches Planting churches Focusing on the future…those outside the church…and not the past. Not just us. Difficult! And all more difficult than I might have imagined. Seemingly … Continue reading

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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

Those Emerging Young Adults have Names

By: Jock Ficken

The narrow, rickety bridge to Generation Z is being washed away because we’ve lost their parents! Thanks for spreading the word about 1000 Young Leaders. Gail and I are so pleased to introduce Phil and Kyrie to you as they join in leading 1000 Young Leaders. Here are two big things! All those emerging adults … Continue reading

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Navigating the Double-Edged Challenge of Leadership…and Why it’s Worth It

By: Jock Ficken

2018 is here! Some congregations have already given up. Victimized by an inability or unwillingness to take on their greatest challenges in their past, hope has left the premises. In many more congregations, taking on today’s challenges looks a lot like going back to the same old strategies that haven’t worked and seeing if they … Continue reading

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The Leadership Challenge

By: Jock Ficken

Thanks to so many of you who invested in the multi ethnic learning communities on #GivingTuesday. You can still join in building vibrant communities with wider Gospel influence. And then, do some Christmas shopping at Heartfelt Giving. Fill out the information for creating your own site and ask your members (they’re already shopping online) to … Continue reading

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The 5 Courage Killers of Dead Man’s Hill

By: Jock Ficken

Last week I likened my “turn around” at Dead Man’s Hill to the experience most congregations and plenty of leaders have with taking on their greatest challenge. Now I offer the 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, … Continue reading

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