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Posts Tagged ‘New Hope New Courage’

10 Ways to Kick Up Your Leadership Energy

By: Jock Ficken

I have less energy than I used to have. #sadfact I seek to maximize it daily! Deploy it effectively! The ministry that you lead needs you to lead with strategic allocations of energy. How are you doing? Most leaders are not doing so good! Some leaders actually lose credibility and trust with the people they … 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

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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

Are You Teetering on the Edge?

By: Raechel Pfotenhauer

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a pastor who admitted that he was teetering on the edge of burnout. During our time together he was wrestling with some big questions. I feel so jam-packed day-to-day. But am I busy doing the right things? Or am I just busy?  How do I lead … Continue reading

The 500 Faces of PLI

By: Gail Ficken

Meet some of the 500 leaders in PLI this year. Several weeks ago, you met some of the babies of PLI! A few more showed up in Chicago last week! This week I’d like to give you a snapshot of the women and men who gathered in our Learning Communities this spring…250 leaders in the … Continue reading

Let Me Lead

By: Jock Ficken

It’s a bit hard to describe… A few weeks ago I started out the day with a clear sense that I was at the end of myself. I wasn’t desperate, or depressed, or disappointed. I was confident. But…empty. At the end of myself. The next few days would be big… A strategic collaboration with potential … Continue reading

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

Can you dare to dream again?

By: Jock Ficken

Can I challenge you? Today I’m not thinking about those who have the wind at their backs… I’m thinking of all the rest of us! I see marvelous examples all over the place. Oftentimes in the most difficult of circumstances and situations, somebody–usually the pastor and another leader or two–dared to dream again. For some … Continue reading

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The Wright Brothers Soft Landings… 3 Things I Learned

By: Jock Ficken

The Wright Brothers chose Kitty Hawk, NC, for their flying experiments. It had: Wind Good weather Sand dunes…. for soft landings Soft landings…for when their experiments failed!   God seems to be providing unprecedented opportunities for wider Gospel influence for the people of God in the chaos of our current culture, but…   …if most churches are … Continue reading

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