Healing from Church Conflicts

Conflict occurs wherever humans gather because our needs differ. The church is no exception. In one church I served, tension arose over whether to build a rose garden as a memorial to the many members who served the church or to invest in a program for youth to draw new families into the church. In one church, tension escalated in a worship committee meeting when members were deciding whether it w [...]

Pastor Brian Goke Installed at Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County

Installation of Pastor Brian Goke serving Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County (Bloomington, IL). Pictured are: Pastors Doug Johnson, John Nelson, Martha Nelson, Brian Goke, John Schurter, Mark Martin, Jay Johnson. A native of Minnesota, Pastor Brian is a graduate of St. Olaf College (1991, BA), Fuller Seminary (1998, MA), and Luther Seminary (2007, Master of Divinity). After serving as a missionary in Thailand and Cameroon (1990s), he ... [...]

AG Photo Contest Deadline is July 17th

There's still time to enter our 2017 Annual Gathering photo contest before the Monday, July 17th deadline date! If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submi [...]

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien to Accept New Call

Dear Members of the Board of Trustees, Victory Lutheran Church, Mesa, Arizona, has recently voted to extend a call to me to serve as Pastor of Growth Ministries. This opportunity came knocking, without my looking, and I have accepted; I begin at Victory on September 1, 2017. This letter, therefore, will serve as my official letter of resignation, which will be effective August 31, 2017.  I have been honored to serve with, and on ... [...]

Installation of Rev. Mark and Rev. Wenda Fry

Rev. Mark and Rev. Wenda Fry were installed at Joy Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana, on March 12, 2017. Particicpants in the service (left to right) included: council members Jan Wolf and Deb Lane, Pr. Warren Baker, Pr. Mark Fry, Pr. Wenda Fry, Paul Johnson (Council President), Pr. Ingrid Aderhold, and council members Jan Hunter and Carol Wahl.   Click on this link to read the Billings Gazette article: ... [...]

Enter the 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest!

If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos for our 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! [...]

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. [...]

New Scholarships Available!

The InFaith Community Foundation has two scholarship opportunities available for graduating high school seniors.  The InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship available to high school seniors who are seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university and are members of congregations that hold active organizational endowment funds at InFaith Community Foundation. Eligible woman ... [...]

T. H. I. N. K.

Social media platforms can provide instant communication to large numbers of people and the capacity for messages to go “viral”, connecting with millions within a short period of time. This is both an amazing opportunity for the gospel to spread and a deep responsibility, especially for Christ-followers who are called to be positive and winsome witnesses to our Lord. [...]

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 ... [...]

Congregations Team Up for Faith in Action Day

On Sunday, September 18, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn, Indiana left the building.  After gathering at the church for a time of communion, 90 members—from 5 years old to 90 years old—from St. Mark’s joined members from Auburn First United Methodist Church, all dressed in bright red, Faith in Action shirts - in serving our community. This event, called Faith in Action Day, was an amazing opportunity to ... [...]

Grand View University Welcomes LCMC for Called 2 Serve Youth Event

High school students and youth group leaders from across the nation headed to Grand View University in Des Moines last month to take part in our 2016 summer youth event, Called 2 Serve.  According to Cathy Nichol, LCMC’s administrative assistant, a total of 300 people from 32 different LCMC congregations attended the four day event, which was designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving students a ... [...]

LCMC to Launch New Website, Logo at Annual Gathering

The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday of this year’s Annual Gathering, we will be launching a brand new, re-designed version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet while still providing the same information and resources that are available today.   At ... [...]

LCMC Cambodia Partners with ALWM, ILT for the 5 Year Challenge

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, Cambodia has partnered with Awakening Lives to World Missions (ALWM) and the Institute for Lutheran Theology (ILT) to expand and strengthen Christian Mission in the southeast asian country.  Pastor Samuel Chim, Service Coordinator for LCMC Cambodia, has led mission in Cambodia for 20 years, establishing 50 house Churches, 9 Congregations, and 5 major regional projects.  Some of his ... [...]

Annual Gathering Photo Contest Now Open!

Were looking for photos that exemplify what it means to be in mission for Christ in the 21st century to include in the 2016 Annual Gathering Book and on our website. Photos must be submitted via our online photo submission form by Friday, July 1 and will be selected based on subject matter, photo quality, and story. [...]

Service Project Update: Lutheran World Relief and Meals from the Heartland

Over the past few years, "service" has become a central part of our Annual Gatherings.  In 2014, we packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from the Heartland and raised over $90,000 to do so.  Last year, we donated just over 160 pints of blood to a local blood bank in Texas.  This year, we will be working with Lutheran World Relief to help assemble personal care kits at the Annual Gathering, and participants at our ... [...]

Annual Gathering & Seminarian Retreat: Online Registration Now Open!

Online registration for our 16th Annual Gathering and our 2016 Seminarian Retreat is now open! The theme of our 2016 Annual Gathering is Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century. Held October 2-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, the event features plenty of opportunities to get inspired, connect with other people in LCMC and get news... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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. [...]

LCMC Celebrates 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer

Congregations across the nation took part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC was invited by Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig to start off the new year by setting aside some time during each of the three days to pray.   While congregations were encouraged to structure each of the three days in any way that made sense to the congregation, there was ... [...]

Introducing MissionsLink

Denominational leaders, missions minded pastors, and many congregational mission leaders agree about the need to share information in order to partner together effectively with mission organizations and other churches in taking the Gospel to the nations. What kind of information helps? For example: Do you have an effective global missions team/committee? What countries are you working in, and with which mission agencies? Do you ... [...]

Pastor Julie Gellert Installed and Ordained

Pastor Julie Gellert was installed and ordained by her congregations, Pondera Valley Lutheran Church and Golden West Lutheran Church, Conrad, Montana, on September 13, 2015.  Rev. Warren Baker officiated, and council presidents from each congregation in the Conrad Lutheran Parish took part in the ceremony. Pastor Julie is a graduate of Beyond the River Academy. [...]

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 ... [...]


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