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Posts Tagged ‘New Hope New Courage’

I’ve Got One More Good Run in Me

By: Jock Ficken

Gail and I have opportunity to be in conversations with PLI family across all age groups, from those entering PLI in their 20s and all the way to those in their 70s and 80s eager to invest in the leaders several decades their junior. We frequently hear the 50s/early 60’s crowd say… I love these … Continue reading

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Leave Behind & Take Away

By: Sarah Greiner

What is the real measure of your leadership?

By: Jock Ficken

What is the real measure of your leadership? What if the real measure of your leadership was not all that was accomplished within your span of influence (count: worship attendance, offerings, buildings and programs built, etc.) but the “successes/successors”…the congregational “heroes”… you mentored? Successors who might shine as bright or brighter than you and might … Continue reading

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

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