Luther and Katie Presentation Well Received

During the 2017 Annual Gathering, Johan and Sonja Hinderlie shared a skit depicting on Martin Luther and his wife Katy in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This was well received and we have had many requests for more information.  Johan has graciously provided a video on the 95 Thesis that we have linked here.  It is available for download so you will be able to share it with you congregation as you ... [...]

Introducing the LCMC Store

You asked, we answered! After receiving dozens of requests from LCMC-ers everywhere for clothing items featuring our new logo to be available online, the staff of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is happy to announce the official launch of our brand new online store. [...]

Scholarship Opportunity for Seminary Students

To God be the Glory, to a seminary student the gain!  A wonderful gift was given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak, Alaska.  So, we have established a new scholarship, The Wheeler Family Scholarship! This scholarship was established from a gift given by Gary and Annette Wheeler, long time members of St. Paul Lutheran Church who hoped to encourage people to consider a call into the ordained ministry of Lutheran ... [...]

Advice Regarding Interim Pastors

Part of my role as Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry includes dealing with pastors and congregations in the call process.  As I prepared my Call Committee Workshop I came across a very helpful article by Lavern Brown on the advisability of interim pastors. I have found that many congregations neglect the essential work of dealing with the transitional issues that arise after the resignation and departure of their pastor. I offer ... [...]

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 ... [...]

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

Lutheran Leader Scholarship Valparaiso University is offering two scholarships to high school seniors for outstanding leadership . The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, October 23, 2015.  The application process, if selected, would be later. For further information, contact Rev. Martha Nelson at marthaunelson@yahoo.com.  [...]

Plan Now: October is Pastor & Staff Appreciation Month!

Did you know that Thanksgiving sometimes comes in October? Well, not the official Thanksgiving, but elements of thanksgiving have found their way into October in many congregations, because the second Sunday in October has been designated as Clergy Appreciation Day, and some congregations observe this spirit of Thanksgiving all month long! [...]

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 ... [...]

Is the Holy Spirit Calling You to Be a Pastor? Start Here!

Is the Holy Spirit poking at you to consider being a pastor? Are you already attending seminary?  Do you know someone who would make a good pastor? It has always been important for the body of Christ to be connected... connected to Jesus and to one another. One of the most practical ways for LCMC seminarians to connect is to make sure that their name is on our list of seminarians. If you are an LCMC seminarian and would like to be on ... [...]

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 ... [...]

New Training Opportunities Available for Certification Interviewers

Rev. Steve Lien, LCMC's Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, announces Interviewer Inservices for those who conduct Certification Interviews.  Join him for this two-hour refresher and training session just before or after any of the following District Conventions: Texas District: Friday, August 1, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Seguin, TX) Heartland District: Friday, August 15, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Fremont, NE) Iowa District: Saturday, November ... [...]

LCMC Hosts Fall Retreat for Seminary Students

LCMC will be hosting a three day Seminarian Retreat from October 3-5, 2014 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA. Throughout the weekend, seminarians will have the chance to meet fellow seminarians in LCMC; ask questions about seminary, LCMC, first call, and pastoral family life; gain wisdom and advice from a few pastors who have been there; build relationships with your future colleagues in [...]

Meal Packaging Project Update

Preparations for this fall's meal packaging project are underway, and we are making progress in raising the $80,000 needed for the supplies we will use to package 400,000 meals together at our Annual Gathering in October.   As of January, we have collectively raised $8,940.67 to be used for obtaining food, packaging materials and postage for the project.   Those wishing to make a donation to the project, or to download ... [...]

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

When you add up to cost of tuition, books, lab fees, parking passes, and sometimes even room and board, the cost of a college education adds up fast.  Fortunately, one organization is offering an opportunity to help avoid racking up the debt.  The Lutheran Community Foundation plans to award one $5,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans to attend a Lutheran-affiliated college or university for the 2014-2015 ... [...]

Thoughts on Housing Allowance

Many of us may be wondering about the recent court decision about minister’s housing allowances. Here is some excellent info from a denominational office (The Presbyterian Church USA).  Here is what they are sending out (and it provides good answers to ‘what about my next filing?)Office of the General Assembly (OGA) has been receiving inquiries and questions regarding the November 21, 2013 decision of a federal district court ... [...]

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 ... [...]

2012 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available Online

The first of the 12th Annual Gathering videos from Denver have been posted online at our website, and can be found on our Video & Presentations page. To view additional videos from this and other events, please keep checking back regularly, as new presentation materials are added as they become available. Please Note: Due to various technical difficulties... [...]

Surplus LCMC Logo-Embroidered Apparel Now Available

For those interested in snagging some sweet new LCMC apparel for the holidays (or anytime), an array of surplus, logo-embroidered clothing items from October's Annual Gathering is up for grabs in a colorful assortment of styles and sizes.    Supplies are first come, first serve, and limited to availability.    For more information, please contact our administrative assistant, Cathy Nichol, via email at ... [...]

Book Offering for Ethiopian Seminary to Take Place at Annual Gathering

"Ambassadors for Christ" is the theme of our 2012 Annual Gathering, and those attending the event are all invited to take part in becoming just that.  The seminary of the Mekane Yesus church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is in desperate need of books for their students.  To help out, LCMC is welcoming an offering of books from our members at the Annual Gathering to be given to that seminary.  If you have books on any of the topics ... [...]

LC Keynote Speaker Releases New Book

Rev. Dr. Walter Sundberg, who will be one of three keynote speakers at this year's LCMC Leadership Conference next month, has published a new book. Worship as Repentance: Lutheran Liturgical Traditions and Catholic Consensus, which was released by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. earlier this month, discusses the idea that repentance is at the heart of authentic worship. The book is available to purchase for $18.00 via the publishing ... [...]

Augustana District Announces LCMC Mission Forum

The Augustana District of LCMC has put together an online discussion group for anyone and everyone who is passionate about missions or interested in what is taking place in the mission field. The group will serve as a place for prayer requests, ideas, information, networking, and of course, a forum for sharing related stories about projects and experiences with one another. [...]

LCMC Retirement Savings Plan Now Live

Lutheran Congregations in Mission For Christ is pleased to announce that our retirement savings plan is now live, allowing our members to conduct their business via telephone or web. Participants may view their account balances, add beneficiary information and make changes to their investment information by visiting www.LCMC403b.com or by contacting the Participant Service Center at 1-800-442-4015. Distributions may now be requested as ... [...]

2001 Photographs

Is anyone interested in sharing photographs from the first two meetings in 2001? If so, please email them to Kristy Thomas, LCMC Communications and Public Relations Specialist, at kristy@lcmc.net. We would love to use these photos as part of a multimedia presentation to be given at some of our upcoming LCMC events. Thank you all so much for your help! [...]

Far Above Rubies: A Resource for Teenage Girls

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies… --Proverbs 31:10 Mrs. Rebecca Meidinger, who will be speaking in Fargo, ND at the LCMC Annual Leadership Conference this April, is the director of Far Above Rubies, a program designed to help young women explore their true identities in Christ and teach them to build healthy relationships. Far Above Rubies is a one-day conference, created especially for teen girls ... [...]


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