Pastoral Leadership Institute

Vibrant Communities. Deeper Connections. Wider Influence.

Wheaton, IL   |
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Pastoral Leadership Institute

EIN: 43-1806114



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Principal Officer

Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken

Main address

P.O. Box 972

Wheaton, IL 60187 USA

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Subject area info

Leadership development


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NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Leadership Essentials

The PLI Leadership Essentials Learning Community provides a safe place for women and men to discover and implement the building blocks of Godly leadership. These women and men recognize that gentle, yet courageous leadership is needed to align people and processes around the fulfillment of God’s vision for His Church.

This Learning Community is designed for pastors, ministry leaders, young leaders starting out or established leaders looking for a tune-up. To lead others well we must first lead ourselves well. Leadership Essentials helps participants grow in Christian leadership and influence in whatever context they find themselves.

Population(s) Served

This Learning Community is specifically designed for Nonprofit Executives, University Administrators, Principals, Heads of Schools, Senior Pastors, and Executive Pastors. Additionally, PLI’s Senior Leader features lead staff involvement. When key leaders are learning alongside each other, the journey gets easier.

Through this investment in yourself you will learn
Organizational leadership
Adaptive Missional leadership

Population(s) Served

The Discipleship to Missional Community (D2MC) Learning Community provides a leadership training experience where pastors and church leaders work side-by-side to learn intentional, reproducible rhythms for multiplying discipling leaders who live out their church’s mission.

PLI’s Discipleship to Missional Community combines leadership training and coaching that provide ongoing encouragement and accountability needed in the missional church today. Dig deep alongside your church leadership (key staff and lay leaders) to drive the mission and vision forward. When one or more key leaders are learning alongside their pastor and spouse, the journey gets easier.

As the culture around us shifts and changes, we are rooted in an unchanging God. Jesus challenged his disciples to “go and make disciples.” The commitment to discipling everyday people who disciple others can give birth to fresh expressions of the extraordinary mission of God.

Population(s) Served

1,000 Young Leaders is a Christian leadership training and coaching initiative that is designed to help you find out who God has made you to be, and to empower you to start and lead communities where anyone can encounter Jesus.

Gen Y (millennials) & Gen Z Christians who...
are between the ages of 21-36
desire to grow in their faith alongside others is a like-minded community
are seeking clarity and purpose
want the tools and training to more naturally share Jesus
are ready for leadership development
are not professional church workers

You’ll learn how to live your purpose in your everyday rhythms of life, to build intentional community with both believers and non-believers, and to lead others toward Jesus

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work


Pastoral Leadership Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Pastoral Leadership Institute
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.46 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Pastoral Leadership Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Pastoral Leadership Institute

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Pastoral Leadership Institute

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Pastoral Leadership Institute’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $47,655 $109,538 $160,777 $36,105 -$259,051
As % of expenses 2.9% 5.2% 6.2% 1.6% -13.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $44,599 $104,036 $153,275 $28,604 -$261,681
As % of expenses 2.7% 4.9% 5.9% 1.3% -13.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,959,513 $2,360,984 $3,695,528 $2,187,238 $1,860,449
Total revenue, % change over prior year 48.9% 20.5% 56.5% -40.8% -14.9%
Program services revenue 35.7% 32.1% 26.6% 21.5% 31.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 63.4% 67.7% 73.3% 76.3% 68.0%
Other revenue 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,639,963 $2,118,234 $2,587,592 $2,224,302 $1,923,476
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.7% 29.2% 22.2% -14.0% -13.5%
Personnel 48.1% 48.8% 45.6% 62.8% 53.4%
Professional fees 8.5% 8.2% 6.6% 5.1% 6.6%
Occupancy 1.1% 3.0% 3.3% 3.3% 4.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 8.6% 7.8% 9.3% 3.1% 5.4%
All other expenses 33.7% 32.1% 35.3% 25.7% 30.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,643,019 $2,123,736 $2,595,094 $2,231,803 $1,926,106
One month of savings $136,664 $176,520 $215,633 $185,359 $160,290
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $3,334 $17,479 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,783,017 $2,317,735 $2,810,727 $2,417,162 $2,086,396

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 6.7 6.8 5.4 7.4 8.1
Months of cash and investments 10.1 9.4 7.7 10.4 11.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.6 4.8 4.7 5.7 5.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $910,956 $1,201,189 $1,156,309 $1,376,294 $1,291,420
Investments $470,727 $462,538 $506,360 $546,872 $531,440
Receivables $117,112 $66,233 $1,091,875 $827,145 $905,177
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $24,587 $40,338 $40,338 $40,338 $40,338
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.0% 56.3% 74.9% 93.5% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.5% 25.9% 10.7% 10.9% 11.0%
Unrestricted net assets $769,341 $873,377 $1,026,652 $1,055,256 $793,575
Temporarily restricted net assets $354,463 $478,034 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $354,463 $478,034 $1,469,511 $1,437,535 $1,707,359
Total net assets $1,123,804 $1,351,411 $2,496,163 $2,492,791 $2,500,934

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/17/2023
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Board chair

Lynn Thomsen

Organizational demographics

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