LCMC Congregations to Organize Youth Mission Trip in 2019

LCMC churches and their youth have partnered on several mission trips in the past, including 2014 and 2015 in Oklahoma, and most recently 2017 in Colorado Springs.  Plans are starting to shape for another great LCMC mission trip for the Summer of 2019.  For details and information, please contact Scott Strachan from Faith Lutheran Church of Albuquerque NM via email at  sstrachan@faithabq.org or call 505-296-0762.  [...]

Annual Gathering Photo Contest Ends July 16th

There are still a few more weeks to submit photos for our 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest.  The theme of our 2018 Annual Gathering is "Growing Up", and to help illustrate this concept throughout our book, we would love to see photos of service projects, outreach events/activities/programs, mission trips, creative/artistic projects, disaster relief, or church planting efforts from any and all age groups within your ... [...]

Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role?

If you are a pastor who is interested in serving in an interim ministry role during the next year, and have not yet received LCMC training, there are still a few spots open at this year’s LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Training event.   More and more we are discovering the vital role that interim ministry plays in helping a congregation transition from one ministry to another. There are a certain set of skills and ... [...]

Our 2018 Service Project And How You Can Help

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ will once again be teaming up with Meals from the Heartland to help feed the hungry at both our Called 2 Follow youth event and our 18th Annual Gathering.  When we hosted our 2014 Annual Gathering in Des Moines, we raised over $90,000 and packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from The Heartland.  (Watch a video of the experience here!) In 2016, we worked with Meals from the ... [...]

Get Mobile Updates!

Did you know that the LCMC App lets you sign up to receive news updates on your mobile device based entirely on your interests?  Here's a breakdown of what's available: General Notifications: Select this option if you’d like to be notified of only the basics, such as when new videos, podcasts or other resources have been added to our website.  You’ll also be notified of new service projects, contests, and ... [...]

Called 2 Follow Registration Opens December 1st

Our Called 2: Follow youth event is coming to Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa from July 17-20, 2018! Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." Our youth event next summer will focus on these words of Jesus that call us out of ... [...]

Introducing LCMC's New Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, Pastor Perry Fruhling

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have a Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry!  Pastor Perry Fruhling has accepted the position and begins January 15, 2018.  Perry has served congregations in Texas (Zion Lutheran in Fredericksburg) and in Iowa (Bethany Lutheran, Thompson; Immanuel Lutheran in Independence; and St. Mark’s Lutheran, Marion).   Perry has additional training and interest in ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 [...]

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... [...]


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