We're Forming a Non-Geographic Hispanic Network!

We have a number of congregations and ministries that have a tremendous outreach to Hispanic communities, and it would good if we could get these leaders, ministers, ministries connected.  If your congregation is currently carrying out an Hispanic ministry, mission, or agency in our association, and you would like to get connected, please click here and sign up.  If you are interested in learning more about developing an Hispanic ... [...]

Service: A Central Part of Our Gatherings!

Dear Friends, “Service” is becoming a central part of our gatherings! This year for our Called 2 Serve youth event, which takes place July 19-22 at Grand View University in Des Moines, one of the service projects is again working with Meals from the Heartland. In order to reach our goal, we need about $10,000 to have 140 young people package meals for two hours, which would amount to about 50,000 meals.  At our ... [...]

Why an LCMC Youth Event?

The best people to witness to other youth are the youth that we already have. The local church must do what they are able to train and equip youth to be disciples to their own generation. One of the best ways to do that is to build mentor relationships with mature Christian adults who can mentor youth in the development of their relationship with Jesus. [...]

Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer Takes Place January 5-7, 2016

Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer is set for January 5,6 and 7, 2016.  Obviously, we pray more than three days a year but this is an opportunity for the congregations of LCMC to spend this time together before the throne of Grace.  Each congregation is free and encouraged to do this in the way that seems best to them.  For us together, Day One is a prayer of Confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against ... [...]

We've Launched CHURCHES CONNECT!

When I first started in this job in 2010, I had an idea about a way to use our website to connect congregations with one another.  The idea came from the internet dating programs that are now commonplace and have resulted in thousands of marriages. We are finally ready to launch this new effort.  Here’s how it works:  The leader/pastor/member of a congregation goes to our website and signs up for Churches ... [...]

2016 Youth Gathering: Save the Date!

At our 2014 Annual Gathering, it was decided that we should have a National Youth Gathering.  I have been meeting with a team of volunteers; we have proposed our ideas to the Board of Trustees and they have approved the following proposal: Theme:  Called 2 Serve Purpose:  To strengthen the ministry of the local church Location:  Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa Dates:  July 19-22, ... [...]

LCMC Forms Prayer Ministry Team

A prayer ministry team has been formed and is active!  At our last Annual Gathering, I made an invitation to sign up for a prayer ministry team, and we now have over 50 people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations.  Cheryl Coffman is the leader of this team and she is looking for others who may also be interested joining. Each Monday, Cheryl contacts five congregations from our list that are selected at random by ... [...]

LCMC Workshops to Continue in 2015

2015.  I am looking forward to a great year together.  Steve Lien will continue to offer workshops on call committee coaching, Dan Clites will continue to offer workshops on the development of new ministries, and I will continue to offer workshops for congregational leadership.  One of the things that we hope to be is a resource to our congregations.  Other models for staffing in church bodies looks to do the work ... [...]

Three Days of Prayer Begins January 6th!

This January, join with us for our Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.  This is an opportunity for us to join together across our association to come before God Almighty and bring our concerns, our ministries, our people and our future to the throne of grace and to the foot of the cross.  Day One, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  ... [...]

Getting Connected!

To date, we now have 16 districts and fellowship groups all across the U.S.  Most of them are geographic in nature, some are non-geographic, but in every case, districts help us to get connected and stay in touch with each other.  Districts are voluntary and vary in degree of “organization”, and that is exactly as was intended from the beginning of LCMC.Three years ago, I invited the leaders of all the districts at that ... [...]

Register Now for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering!

What do we say and how do we respond?  These are the questions that often face Christians and Lutherans in 2014 right here in America.  We are now living in a “post-denominational era”; the way we used to do church is no longer working.  Times have changed and we now need to be able to defend, explain and affirm our faith in Christ alone.  We have been given a great heritage of faith and theology through the ... [...]

LCMC to Add New Staff Position, Package Meals in 2014

One very important thing took place at our convention in Dearborn…we approved the budget for 2014! Our 2014 budget calls for a 16% increase in giving from our member congregations. At first, this seems like a lot, and we have not often ever asked our congregations for more. But, as our association has grown, so have the requests for greater resources and help. [...]

LCMC: In the Cloud

When Facebook first became popular, I signed on thinking that it would be good for me to “stay in touch”.  I lasted about 3 days.  Mainly because I was overwhelmed with too much information!  It seems that some folks have trouble discerning what should be public and what should remain private.  TMI is still a problem in some cases, and it simply reflects a symptom of our culture: there seem to be few, if any, ... [...]

LCMC Hosts First Seminary Summit

Earlier this month I sent out an invitation to the 11 Seminaries with whom we have a working relationship.  I invited them to join in a conversation with members of the LCMC Ministry Board, along with Rev. Dr. Paul Spaulding, our Coordinator for Pastoral Certification and Rev. Dan Clites, our Coordinator for New Ministry Development.  The agenda for the meeting was very simple:  Here’s what is happening.Here’s where ... [...]

We are Going to the Motor City!

We are heading to the Motor City, Dearborn, MI, for our Annual Gathering and Convention from October 6-9, 2013.  The event and all of our breakouts will be held at the Adoba Hotel and Convention Center (www.adobadearborn.com).  The hotel has more than enough rooms for all who want to attend!The theme for this year’s gathering is:  “The Grace of Giving”, as we consider how we might fund the Great Commission in ... [...]

LCMC Invites All to Participate in Three Days of Prayer

Every congregation, member and pastor is being invited to set aside some time each day of January 8, 9 and 10, 2013 for prayer.   Our attitude toward prayer has often been characterized by saying, “well, all we can do now is pray!”.  Prayer is not the hopeless act of desperation.  Prayer is a gift that God has given to us as a means to approach the throne of grace with confidence—like that of a child ... [...]

By-Law Changes to be Voted on at 12th Annual Gathering

Dear Friends, LCMC was founded in March of 2001 and its constitution and by-laws approved in October of the same year. About three years ago, it was decided that we should review those original documents and make any necessary changes, additions and deletions. Our constitution and the “pastoral admonition” have not changed—they both continue to serve our association well.However, in reviewing our by-laws, the team ... [...]


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