LCMC Blog [by LCMC] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Register Now - 24th Annual Gathering & Convention Wed, 01 May 24 00:00:00 +0000 Our association is made up of many different types of congregations: large and small, rural and urban, younger and older, traditional and contemporary, U.S. and international.  Although we may have differences in where we’re located and how we do things, we all have one thing in common: we each have the ability to engage the unique cultural moments before us when God presents us with an opportunity to do so.  The challenge is being prepared to act on it! 

The theme of our 24th Annual Gathering & Convention is “Engaging Your Cultural Moment”.  Together, we will explore how the cultural moments happening all around us can be seen not as something negative, but as potential opportunities for carrying out the Great Commission.

The LCMC Annual Gathering & Convention serves as an opportunity for pastors, leaders, and church members from all types of congregations to join together for an intentional time of worship, prayer, fellowship, networking, learning, and inspiration.

The event takes place September 29 - October 2 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Marion IA.  More information and online registration can be found here

Travel Tip: We recommend registering by August 15 to get the discounted "early bird" rate, then booking your hotel accommodations as soon as you have registered to guarantee your spot.  REGISTER NOW >>

Hurry...the LCMC Youth Gathering Registration Deadline is April 1 Tue, 26 Mar 24 00:00:00 +0000 If you're planning on joining us for our upcoming summer youth event, next Monday, April 1 is the last day to sign up! 

The LCMC Youth Gathering is designed to be a leadership development experience for both students and student leaders. Everything at this youth event is designed to empower youth ministry in the local church and to encourage students to consider the vocation of ministry in the future.

The event takes place July 9-12, 2024 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA and is open to students completing grades 9-12, youth leaders, and adult chaperones. 

More information and a link to online registration can be found here

An Announcement on Staff Transition Wed, 14 Dec 22 00:00:00 +0000 Dear Pastors and Members of LCMC Congregations,

This communique is to inform you of a transition for Perry Fruhling. Perry has served as LCMC’s Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry for the past five years but is now sensing a need to return to parish ministry.
He writes, “During the past six to nine months, my wife, Marlys, and I have been discussing the need for me to return home and to parish ministry.  While it has been my pleasure to minister in congregations across the country, to attend many LCMC meetings, and to give workshops and seminars in districts and fellowships, we desire to return to life in community in a parish setting.”
He goes on to say, “I am grateful for the support of Service Coordinator, Mike Bradley (and previously, Mark Vander Tuig), in my work throughout the years, along with the entire LCMC staff. I also deeply appreciate the support of the Ministry Board.”
As Perry transitions back into the parish, we will take this opportunity to reshape and redefine responsibilities for a new role on the LCMC staff which can help us carry out the goals of LCMC 3.0 as established by the Board of Trustees in our strategic-operational plan. We will keep the association informed of our process in creating and filling this position. In the interim, if you have any questions regarding areas of responsibility that Perry has filled on the LCMC association staff, reach out to Mike Bradley.
For now, we say thank you to Perry for his love for the Lord and for you as an association. We pray that God blesses our brother in Christ with the Lord’s favor in whatever new opportunity God leads him to embrace in this next season of life and ministry. Thank you, Perry! And God bless you!

Videos from our 22nd Annual Gathering & ConventionĀ 22ndĀ annual-gathering--convention/a998.html Thu, 03 Nov 22 00:00:00 +0000 Videos from our 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention, which took place October 2- 5 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN at are now available for streaming. 

To watch from your mobile device, download our mobile app, tap on the "Media" tab, then select "2022 Annual Gathering" from the list of options.  The app is compatible with AirPlay and Google Cast, enabling users to play content on a TV or other compatible device. 

Videos can also be found online by navigating to Events > Media > Videos & Podcasts on our website, or by clicking the link: LCMC Media Library

To go directly to the videos for the 2022 Annual Gathering click this link:  2022 Annual Gathering Videos.

Downloadable copies of this year's book can be found on our website under Events > Media > Annual Gathering Books or by clicking this link:  Annual Gathering Book.

Register Now - 2022 Seminarian Retreat Tue, 24 May 22 00:00:00 +0000 Seminary students are invited to join us October 1-2, 2022 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN for our next Seminarian Retreat.

The retreat is an opportunity for LCMC seminarians to come together to experience fellowship, learn about issues related to vocational ministry in LCMC, become more aware of our association’s DNA, and ask questions.

Registration for the retreat is being handled separately from Annual Gathering registration. To sign up for the retreat, contact Perry Fruhling at

There is no cost to attend the seminarian retreat, however lodging and travel costs are on your own.

Registration for the Annual Gathering & Convention is available at a discounted rate for seminary students who are listed with LCMC.

For more information on this event, click here

LCMC Health Plan Information Fri, 03 Dec 21 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC is pleased to announce that the LCMC Health Plan is moving forward effective January 1, 2022Click here for a brief outline of the coverage and rates.

  • Deductible: $1000
  • Maximum Out-of-Pocket: $2500


  • Employee Only: $560
  • Employee & Spouse: $1250
  • Employee & Children: $997
  • Employee & Family: $1650

If you have not submitted your health application, we have a one-time extension to December 10, 2021 to be part of our January 1, 2022 start date.  If you do not apply by that time, you will not be able to enroll until the following year (2023). 
The online link is: 

We invite you to be part of our LCMC launch, but we need your information submitted by December 10.  If there are any questions please reach out to the Hahn Financial Group at 1-800-516-4246.

2022 National Youth Event - Registration is Open! Mon, 22 Nov 21 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is officially open for our next national youth event, a leadership development experience for students and youth leaders designed to help empower the ministry of the local church.

Our youth event offers a chance for students and youth leaders to connect with one another, explore God's call on their lives by participating in keynote presentations, breakout sessions, worship, and small groups, and take part in a service project through Meals from the Heartland. 

The theme for 2022 is The Way, The Truth, The Life, and keynoting the program will be speakers Brandon Foster of Trinity Lutheran Church (Columbus, NE) and Andrea Paulson of Hawley Lutheran Church (Hawley, MN). 

Chip Reynolds of First English Lutheran Church (Victoria, TX) will serve as preacher, and Noah Ruppert of Morningside Lutheran Church (Sioux City, IA) will lead worship services. 

The event takes place July 19-22, 2022 on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines, IA and is open to students completing grades 7-12, LCMC youth leaders, and adult chaperones.

The cost to attend is $350 per person and includes food, housing, and convention materials.  A $50 deposit per person will be due at the time of registration. 

The deadline to sign up is April 1, 2022 or when capacity for the event has been reached, whichever occurs first. 

More detailed information and online registration can be found by clicking here.  We hope to see you there!

Payroll Made Simple with MinistryWorks Tue, 16 Nov 21 00:00:00 +0000 Payroll and tax filing services often cost way too much, especially for ministries, like yours, that rely on tithes, offerings, and donations. This was one of the reasons our preferred insurance provider, Brotherhood Mutual, created its own payroll company: MinistryWorks®.
“We serve more than 5,000 ministries, so our team has the expertise to help solve complicated payroll problems, especially for clergy,” said Mark Landrigan, assistant vice president for MinistryWorks.
Ministry payroll is complicated and time-consuming. Landrigan emphasized that just keeping up with the unique laws and tax codes can be a full-time job. “And if you make a mistake, the IRS could hit you with costly back taxes and penalties,” he said. “Ministry payroll is all we do. We can handle the particulars that keep you up at night—ministerial housing allowances, dual tax status, W-2s, and more.”
As an added benefit, every MinistryWorks customer has a personal payroll specialist. “This individual will know you on a first-name basis, and they understand the peculiar ins and outs of ministry payroll—tax issues for pastoral staff, government policies and compliance issues, and more,” said Landrigan.
Additional services include healthcare reporting and Time and Attendance, so your staff can check in remotely and you can track and manage time cards, time-off requests, and accruals.
You can learn more by visiting They have free resources to help with tough payroll issues. The site also has a payroll calculator so you can quickly compare them to your current payroll method—most customers save 20-50%* when switching from comparable services to MinistryWorks.
We invite you to contact MinistryWorks to learn more. They are focused on making payroll simple, fast, and affordable, so you can give more to what matters—ministry.
Visit or call 866-215-5540.

Registration for the Annual Gathering is Closed Thu, 16 Sep 21 00:00:00 +0000 Due to construction delays, the main sanctuary space at UALC will not be ready for use by the time the Annual Gathering is going to start on Sunday, October 3, 2021. We must move to a much smaller space, hence closing registration for the Annual Gathering this year.

All registrations received through Thursday, September 16, 2021, have been confirmed.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk-in registrations. If you do not have a confirmed registration, we will not be able to make an exception due to space limitations.

We regret the frustration and disappointment that capping the registration will cause for you.  We thank you for understanding.

Livestreaming will be available starting with opening worship on Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 P.M. EDT.  More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our Annual Gathering page in October. 

This article has been edited to include the reason for capacity limits at the event and an update on registration confirmations.

Now Closed - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention Registration Tue, 07 Sep 21 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now closed for the 2021 Annual Gathering & Convention

Due to space limitations at the venue, we have closed registration and can no longer accept new registrations for the event. 

We look forward to a great event and will be live streaming, so if you are not able to attend in person, you are welcome to participate online. 

More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our Annual Gathering page (Events > Annual Gathering), and on the LCMC Facebook page, in October.  As you are making your plans, do note that all times listed on the schedule are in local time (EDT) for Columbus, OH.

A digital copy of this year's Annual Gathering book will also be available on our website (Events > Media) and in the LCMC app once the event is underway.

The staff and board of trustees appreciate your understanding!

Safe Place - FREE Webinar Thu, 06 May 21 00:00:00 +0000 Join us online May 18-19, 2021 for "Safe Place", a FREE webinar hosted by LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley. 

In a culture which is often judgmental, condemning, arrogant, angry, and polarizing, becoming a safe place is an essential key for increasing our effective witness in the world.

Being a safe place creates an atmosphere to build authentic relationships, struggle without judgment, and ask real questions; a place to grow in our ability to relate to people helping them to experience the love and power of God.  "Safe Place" is a metaphor to help us be intentional about becoming more like Jesus.

This seminar is designed to:

  • Introduce the "Safe Place" vision
  • Present its importance in developing healthy leaders and disciples for living lives of effective witness
  • Begin identifying safe-place characteristics
  • Challenge participants to identify at least one way God wants to further transform them to live as a Safe Place person
  • Help participants develop a Safe Place Action Plan to intentionally experience God’s transforming work in their lives.

This two-day online event takes place Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Central Time online via Zoom.  For more information and a link to join, click here

Have You Updated Your Clergy Profile? Wed, 24 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 We would like to take a moment to thank all of the LCMC pastors who have responded to our request to update their clergy profile on our website.

For those who have not yet had a chance to do so, please consider taking a few moments to review your profile, then submit any changes to your contact information or credentials using our online form

To date, approximately 683 pastors out of 1,288 have responded.  We are still looking for more participation.

Thank you for helping us keep the information in our directory current! 

Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop Canceled Wed, 01 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 The LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop originally scheduled for July 6-9, 2020 at Grand View University has been canceled. 

"There was a sense that people will be reticent to register and no one is sure at this point whether safe distancing will be at an end by July.  We also canceled the LCMC youth event which had been planned for later July," said Perry Fruhling, LCMC's coordinator for pastoral ministry. 

While the importance of social distancing during this time is being taken seriously, the need for intentional interim ministry training among our pastors has not gone away. 

"There had been a number of inquiries, so there is still interest in this important training." Fruhling said. 

If you would like to be notified of future intentional interim ministry workshops, please "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook, subscribe to our e-newsletter, and/or follow our blog.

2020 Youth Event Canceled Wed, 01 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's Called 2: Love youth event, scheduled for July 21-24, 2020 at Grand View University, has been canceled. 

"The deadline for registration was today and as of 11 am CST we had only 77 people signed up and needed 200 to break even," said Mark Vander Tuig, service coordinator of LCMC.  "This is understandable for youth groups and youth leaders with the days ahead to be so uncertain and the current climate quite restrictive.  Groups can’t even meet to have a discussion, nor able to raise funds to make the trip.  Travel plans are constantly changing and we simply can’t make the necessary financial commitments without the numbers required."

Called 2: Love participants who have already registered for the event will be contacted by LCMC and issued a refund for any deposits that have already been paid. 

Going forward, the LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees will be working together to determine whether to move the event to 2021, or to try something completely diifferent. 

"I am disappointed to say the least.  This has been a great event and I think a real blessing for all of us who have been involved, both those who have made it happen and those who have attended.  But, I am convinced that God still holds the world and our lives and ministries in the palm of His almighty hand and the Lord will use even this for a greater good and for the Kingdom." Vander Tuig said. 

If you would like to be notified of future LCMC youth events, please opt-in for "Youth Event" notifications in our mobile app [here's how], "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook, or subscribe to our e-newsletter

Intentional Interim Ministry Training Returns for 2020 Mon, 24 Feb 20 00:00:00 +0000 A change of pastors is a significant and sometimes traumatic event in the life of the church and congregation. 

The need has never been greater for trained intentional interim ministers who are called and equipped to assist congregations during times of change and transition. 

Intentional interim ministry is not just filling a void during a pastoral vacancy, but focusing on developmental tasks of the congregation and process tasks for the intentional interim pastor.  It is vital for intentional interim ministers to discover an increased awareness of self as part of a system in order to equip a congregation to define their present reality and to plan for their future.

A basic course on intentional interim ministry will be offered July 6-9, 2020 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  It is for anyone who is new to interim ministry and has not yet received intentional interim ministry training through LCMC.

To register for the basic course, contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator at or call (734) 788-7476. 

The cost for the training course is $275.  Housing is available through Grand View University.

We ask that those enrolled bring a serious commitment to learning and conscientious determination to healthy practice of intentional interim ministry. 

The basic course is not intended to be exhaustive, but the first introductory step in a continuous learning process. 

LCMC is committed to providing continuing education for those who have taken the basic course.  Future classes are being planned and will be announced at a later date.

LCMC Announces Search for New Service Coordinator Mon, 10 Feb 20 00:00:00 +0000 In October 2019, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced his decision to retire from his position as the Service Coordinator for LCMC effective August 31, 2020. 

The leadership and staff in LCMC have gone through a consultation process that aided the Board of Trustees in developing an opportunity profile for the incoming Service Coordinator. 

This document is included at the LCMC website within the open position (   A printable PDF version can also be obtained by clicking here

Interested candidates are asked to read the opportunity profile and prayerfully consider applying for the position.  The Board of Trustees will be accepting applications through March 15, 2020.  

The initial phase of the hiring process simply requiring a cover letter along with a resume or C.V. be submitted in pdf format to

Candidates that are selected to move further in the process will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

Church Planting Update Mon, 24 Jun 19 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC Coordinator for Church Planting Development Dan Clites, along with Matt Anderson, pastor of Surprise Church in Bismarck, ND, are traveling to several cities in Brazil on behalf of LCMC from June 18 through July 2 to meet with hundreds of Movemento Encontrao Lutheran pastors and leaders that are interested in joining the church planting movement.

A group of Brazilian church planters will also be attending the LCMC Annual Gathering & Convention in October.

As a reminder, the 2:47 Network will be hosting a retreat for church planters October 1-2 during the Annual Gathering.  There is no cost to attend, however participants must be registered for the Annual Gathering and contact Dan Clites to RSVP for the retreat. 

For more detailed information on the church planting retreat, click here. 

Appellate Court Upholds Housing Allowance for Ministers Wed, 24 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0000 A decision was made in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals last month to uphold the constitutionality of housing allowances for ministers. 

Click here to view a summary of the court's decision, by the Church Alliance.

New Resource Available Mon, 01 Oct 18 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC has a new ministry partner that provides high-quality insurance protection for congregations. 

Check them out on our resources page (under Church Life > Resource Links) or visit their website at:

Meals from the Heartland Service Project Update Thu, 19 Jul 18 00:00:00 +0000 At their last meeting, the LCMC Board of Trustees decided to cancel the meal packaging event scheduled for the Tuesday night of our upcoming Annual Gathering and Convention in Des Moines. 

To date, we have only received just over $11,000 of our $80,000 fundraising goal for this project.

We are grateful for everyone who has already contributed.  All of the funds donated, as well as any future contributions, will be given directly to Meals from the Heartland for their ongoing packaging events and they will be exceedingly grateful for our support. 

If you are still interested in making a donation, you may do so online by clicking here, or by mailing a check made payable to LCMC with an indication that your payment is intended for our "Meals from the Heartland Service Project" to the LCMC office at following address:

7000 North Sheldon Road
Canton, MI 48187

In lieu of the packaging event scheduled for Tuesday evening of the Annual Gathering, the Board is working on an alternative option.  Stay tuned! 

Our 18th Annual Gathering takes place October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, IA and features keynote speakers, opportunities for fellowship and networking, breakout sessions, dozens of vendors to explore, and more. 

If you plan on attending, early bird registration ends soon, so be sure to register by September 1 to secure the best possible rate.

Our 2018 Service Project And How You Can Help Tue, 27 Feb 18 00:00:00 +0000 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 Heartland at our Called 2 Serve youth event, raising $48,000 and packaging 80,000 meals. 

Our goal for 2018 is to raise $100,000 for supplies and package 400,000 meals between the two events. 

Whether or not you are planning to attend either event, please consider how you might be able to help contribute to this goal (but please consider attending one or both events — it is the best way to be a part of what the Spirit is doing in LCMC)!

If you'd like to volunteer to help out with this project at either event, you may sign-up by checking off the appropriate checkbox on your registration form for either event.  (If you'd like to be notified when Annual Gathering registration is officially open, be sure to opt-in for Annual Gathering notifications in our mobile app [here's how].)

If you'd like to make a donation towards this project, you may do so online by clicking here, or by mailing a check to the LCMC office. 

Please make all checks payable to LCMC and be sure to indicate that your payment is intended for the "Meals from the Heartland Service Project".  All donations received with this notation will go towards purchasing supplies for this project. Mail checks to:

7000 North Sheldon Road
Canton, MI 48187

We'll be making updates on our progress for this project periodically via our blog and Facebook page, so stay tuned!

Seminary Students, Save the Date! Wed, 24 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000 Seminary students: discover what tools your head, heart, and hands will need in order to become a pastor in LCMC at our next Seminarian Retreat October 5-7, 2018 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA. 

This is affordable weekend retreat for seminary students is held every other year on the Friday evening through Sunday morning immediately preceding the Annual Gathering.  Spouses are also welcome to attend. 

This event is subsidized by LCMC, so registration will be only $50 per person.  Lodging, plus Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast are included. 

Stay tuned for further details, and be sure to sign up for Seminarian retreat push notification in our mobile app if you'd like to be notified when registration opens! 

For more information, go to

Luther and Katy Presentation Well Received Fri, 20 Oct 17 00:00:00 +0000 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 wish. 

They have also ishared with us an ebook resource titled What Drove Luther's Hammer to accompany the video, which can be downloaded by clicking here

For more information about their ministry, check out section 5 of this year’s Annual Gathering book


Pastor Brian Goke Installed at Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County Fri, 08 Sep 17 00:00:00 +0000 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 served in youth ministry at Gethsemane Lutheran in Hopkins, MN (1998-2001), and Prince of Peace Lutheran in Burnsville, MN (2001-2007). Before joining and serving alongside us in July of 2017, Pastor Brian served as an Associate Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran in Atlanta, GA (2007-2012) and Senior Pastor at St. John's Lutheran in Bloomington, IL (2012-2017).

He has been happily married for 24 years to Cindy, an elementary school teacher. They have four children: Mikelah, Logan, Quinten, and Zoe. They also share their home with three dogs, two birds, one cat, a leopard gecko, and about a dozen fish (depending on the day).

Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricaine Harvey Mon, 28 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC has a dozen congregations that were in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey, some of which have reported damage to their buildings. 

According to the New York Times, the Category 4 hurricaine reached the the U.S in Texas, bringing with it winds reaching 130 miles per hour and heavy rain, causing severe amounts of damage to the area.

Three groups within LCMC are coordinating efforts to help with disaster relief for victims of the tropical storm. 

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Victoria, TX is setting up a center to assist those in that area and welcome donations. 

The LCMC Texas District has a Facebook page set up to coordinate efforts as well.  Please visit to learn more. 

Finally, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ also has established a Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund (LDA Fund) to responsibly handle the administration of donations in response to natural disasters.  Your funds can be sent directly to LDA for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. 

If you would like to contribute to the LDA Fund, please notate that your donation is intended for Hurricane Harvey Relief and mail all contributions to:
Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund
c/o St. Mark's Lutheran Church
8300 C Avenue NE
Marion, IA 52302

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Application Deadline is August 31 Mon, 21 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0000 Just a friendly reminder, the deadline to apply for the LCMC staff position of Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry is next Thursday, August 31.   

If you are interested in applying please submit the following to

1)  A letter of interest
2). Résumé
3). Brief answers to the following three questions:

  • How would you describe the distinctives of LCMC?
  • How would you describe your relationship/interaction with other LCMC pastors?
  • Tell us how you see the role of the Coordinator of Pastoral Ministry.

The current job description is available on our website at  

Final candidates will be interviewed at the October meeting of the Board of Trustees, which immediately follows the Annual Gathering and Convention.

Please keep this process in prayer as we seek the Lord’s direction.

Now Accepting Applications: Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Tue, 01 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0000 The Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry.  The current job description is available on our website at

If you are interested in applying please submit the following to

1)  A letter of interest
2). Résumé
3). Brief answers to the following three questions:

  • How would you describe the distinctives of LCMC?
  • How would you describe your relationship/interaction with other LCMC pastors?
  • Tell us how you see the role of the Coordinator of Pastoral Ministry.

Applications will be received until August 31st, 2017.  Final candidates will be interviewed at the October meeting of the Board of Trustees, which immediately follows the Annual Gathering and Convention.

Please keep this process in prayer as we seek the Lord’s direction.

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien to Accept New Call Wed, 05 Jul 17 00:00:00 +0000

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 behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Ministry Board, and the people and constituencies of LCMC. I have been blessed to meet hundreds of God’s faithful people and visit dozens of pastors and congregations in the United States and around the world. It has been a delight to watch God call hundreds of pastors to serve LCMC during my tenure. Mark Vander Tuig has been a faithful and competent supervisor, friend and advisor. I have also enjoyed the incredibly faithful staff of LCMC and the amazing people who serve on the Ministry Board.

I leave this post and the Midwest closeness to our family with mixed and bitter-sweet feelings, but trust in God’s faithfulness for me and for LCMC.

God’s great blessing and joy to you as you serve our Lord in this part of His Kingdom Vineyard!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,



Rev. Stephen C. Lien
LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry


The Board of Trustees has accepted Rev. Steve Lien’s resignation with deeply mixed feelings. Steve has been a tremendous addition to our staff team and to our association.  His passion for ministry and insight has helped us in ways that will be appreciated for years to come. He will be missed by those of us who work for LCMC and by many, many pastors and leaders whose lives he has touched, prayed with, prayed for, and counseled.

The Board of Trustees meets in July, in just a few days, to finalize the process of finding the next Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry. They will first review the position description and then establish a team to receive resumes, review the applications, and bring 3-5 finalists for the Board to interview. The team will include members of the Board, representatives of the Ministry Board, and a member at large. They will also then establish a timeline for this process. This is a critical position for our association and we ask all to commit this process to prayer.

More details will be announced after the Board meets this July.

Register Now for our 17th Annual Gathering Tue, 16 May 17 00:00:00 +0000 Online registration is now open for our 17th Annual Gathering and Convention, which takes place October 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis in downtown Minneapolis, MN. 

The theme of this year's event is “We Confess Our Faith”.  Our format will be a bit different this year, hoping to engage those attending in the conversation of three of the fundamental teachings of the Reformation:

  • Justification
  • The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms
  • The Priesthood of All Believers

The format will start with a brief introduction of the topic from a theological perspective, a panel discussion focusing on application to daily life—both domestic and international contexts – and discussion at tables by those attending the gathering.

This year we also celebrate the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses of Martin Luther to the church door in Wittenburg, the beginning of the Reformation.  We will be screening documentary commissioned by Thrivent, “Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World”.

Once again, this year's event will include service projects, vendors, breakout sessions, and great worship opportunities. 

Early bird registration ends September 1st, so be sure to sign up before the price increases! 

For future updates on this and other events, be sure to download our mobile app and enable push notifications. 

Learn More  |  Register Now!

Lutheran World Relief Service Project Update Mon, 24 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0000 At our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, Colorado, we partnered with Lutheran World Relief to assemble 8,228 personal care kits for people in need. 

The staff of LCMC has received an update from Lutheran World Relief that the kits we packaged have been shipped to Angola on March 28, 2017 and should be arriving within the next four months. 

Lutheran World Relief will be working with Hope for Angola to ensure that the resources will be distributed to people in need once they arrive.  The organization is a partnership between several Christian denominations in Angola serving a population who lives on an estimated $1/day (US dollars) per family.


From Lutheran World Relief:

Dear Friends at Lutheran Congregations in  Mission for Christ,

Greetings from Lutheran World Relief! We're so thankful for your partnership, and for your energy and enthusiasm for this ministry.

I'm excited to be able to share some details about where some of your items traveled in the last year. You may already have spotted in your online Tracker record that your Personal Care Kits have gone to Angola. Your donations departed our warehouse on March 28, 2017.

LWR's partner in Angola is Hope for Angola {HFA}. Founded in 2006 by Angolans living in the United States, the organization seeks to advocate and support sustainable community based development for the vulnerable people of Angola to ensure that all have equal access to basic human needs. This distribution of Mission Quilts, Personal Care Kits, School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Fabric Kits will reach an estimated 20,147 people in Luanda, the capital city of Angola.
These precious gifts will support refugee, asylum-seeking and internally displaced families as they work to establish sustainable lives in Luanda.

To learn more about this shipment, visit and click on the country to view a report. We will provide updates as we receive information from our partner. Thank you so much for your partner ship 'in bringing hope to our neighbors in around the world. We thank God for you!

Continued blessings on your ministry!

Melanie W. Gibbons
Quilt & Kit Ministry Manager

Introducing the LCMC Store Thu, 23 Mar 17 00:00:00 +0000 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.

The LCMC Store offers an assortment of casual clothing items in sizes ranging from XS through 3XL as well as bags, mugs, decor items and more!  Available items include:

  • T-Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Sweatshirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sweatpants
  • Wall Art
  • Mugs
  • Bags
  • Notebooks
  • Phone Cases
  • Throw Pillows
  • Rugs

We will be updating our shop regularly as new items become available, so be sure to check back often to see what’s currently in stock!  

For the convenience of our members, we also plan to continue offering our traditional items including polo shirts, button-ups, t-shirts, and jackets at our Annual Gatherings.  

You can access our shop from our website anytime by clicking on "Resources", then "Online Store" in the main menu of our website, or by visiting  

Through Saturday, March 25, LCMC-ers can also get free shipping on orders of $45+ using the promo code SPRNG17800be4

Customer support is available via email at should you have any ordering-related questions or experience any problems.  

By introducing our online shop, we hope to make it easier for our pastors and congregation members to access much-requested LCMC logo items, and to further embody who we are as an association: a first century church for the twenty first century.

Register Now: 2017 Leadership Conference Tue, 08 Nov 16 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now open for our 2017 Leadership Conference

Themed Discipling by Design, our 2017 Leadership Conference focuses on how we can become more and more disciple-making in our worship, community, mission, and leadership development.  

Participants will enjoy keynote speakers, worship, and interactive discussion groups after each presentation.  

Advance registration for this year's conference is $89 per person for all pastors, church leaders and church members and includes all programming, refreshments on Sunday, and lunches on Monday and Tuesday.  Early bird registrations must be received by April 29, 2017, and may be submitted online, by mail, or through our mobile app.  

The event takes place April 30 - May 2, 2017 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Elknorn, Nebraska.  

For more information, click here.  

Meals from the Heartland Service Project Update Thu, 29 Sep 16 00:00:00 +0000 Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the congregations in LCMC, as well as the hard work put in by the volunteers at our 2016 Called 2 Serve youth event in Des Moines, we were able to package over 80,000 meals to help feed the hungry.  Below is a letter that received from the staff of Meals from the Heartland.

August 19, 2016

Dear Mark,

The team at Meals from the Heartland wants to thank you for your generous support regarding the LCMC National Youth Gathering packaging event held on July 21, 2016. With your financial gift of $48741 on 8/5/2016 and the help of 125 volunteers, a total of 80,784 meals were packaged during this event.

Please know that your support makes a difference in the lives of thousands. In 2015 Meals from the Heartland packaged over 15 million meals to distribute around the world to help feed people in need of nourishment. Also in 2015 over 1 million meals were distributed in Iowa as well as elsewhere in the United States.

We are thankful for the support that has allowed Meals from the Heartland to package and distribute over sixty-five million meals since its inception. The need continues and together with you we will carry on this critical work.

At Meals from the Heartland our vision is to alleviate life-threatening hunger. Thank you for supporting our mission to empower people to feed the starving. We look forward to working with you on future events!

With sincere thanks,

Susan Bunz
Executive Director

LWR Service Project Update Sun, 31 Jul 16 00:00:00 +0000 As many of you know, we will be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief during our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, CO to help assemble personal care kits for people who are victims of natural disasters.  Our goal for this project is to raise $50,000 to help participants at the event assemble 10,000 kits. 

As of today, we have officially raised $43,750 in donations to help cover the cost of supplies for this project. 

If your congregation would like to learn more or make a donation, you may do so online or by mail by clicking here

If you will be attending the Annual Gathering and would like to sign up to help assemble the kits, you may do so by checking off the appropriate box on your registration form

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

Service Project Update: Lutheran World Relief and Meals from the Heartland Wed, 25 May 16 00:00:00 +0000 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 Called 2 Serve youth event will be packaging meals with Meals from the Heartland

Lutheran World Relief Project

Our goal for this year's Annual Gathering in Denver is to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  To date, we have raised $17,119.52 of the $50,000 needed for supplies.  

If your congregation would like to make a donation to this project, click here.  All donations must be received by July 1, 2016 so that we can acquire all necessary supplies. 

If you plan on attending the Annual Gathering this fall and are interested in helping assemble the kits, simply check off the "Service Project" box on your registration form

Meals from the Heartland Project

This summer, one of the service projects high schoolers attending Called 2 Serve will be taking part in is packaging meals kits for the hungry.  

Thanks to the generosity of our congregations, the staff of LCMC is pleased to announce that we have not only met our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Meals from the Heartland service project, but have exceeded it with a total of $15,743.15!  

Thank you so much for helping make this project possible! 

Called 2 Serve Deadline Extended Wed, 02 Mar 16 00:00:00 +0000 The deadline to register for Called 2 Serve has been extended to Thursday, March 31.  

Called 2 Serve is open to high schoolers completing grades 8-12 and takes place July 19-22, 2016 at Grand View University

To learn more and register, click here

E-Newsletter Update Wed, 24 Feb 16 00:00:00 +0000 It has come to our staff's attention that, due to an error with our e-newsletter software, an old email announcement has been unintentionally sent out to our subscribers.  Please disregard this email. 

We apologize for any confusion this email may have caused our readers. 

For clarification purposes, our 16th Annual Gathering will in fact be held from October 2-5, 2016 in Denver, CO

Our latest e-newsletter, titled "Scholarships, Discounts & Training Opportunities for Current & Future Leaders", is scheduled to be sent out this afternoon. 

Here's what you need to know for February 2016:

Registration Now Open for 2016 Leadership Conference Wed, 25 Nov 15 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now open for Shift: Retooling Church, our 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  

Through the use of keynote speakers, skits and small group discussions, this year's conference will bring to light three major shifts that the Holy Spirit is inviting us to make in order to be retooled for His mission to a plugged-in and over-booked world:

  • From congregational-focused to kingdom-focused
  • From pastor-dependant to pastor-equipped
  • From consumer-making to disciple-making

Speakers for the event include Rev. Jo Saxton, Rev. Dan Clites, Rev. Steve Turnbull, Mrs. Laurel Swanson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Nathan Anenson and Rev. Per Nilson. 

Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will receive a discounted registration rate!   Register Now! >>


Take the Service Coordinator Assessment Survey! Wed, 11 Nov 15 00:00:00 +0000 Pr. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC, has initiated an assessment of the Service Coordinator position in order to ensure that the needs and interests of our association are being met.  This is simply an opportunity to touch base with our pastors, leaders and members of congregations. 

You are invited to participate in a brief survey.  Please click here to take the survey and give us your thoughts.  This survey should only take 10 minutes or so and we would appreciate your investment!

The deadline to submit your survey is Wednesday, November 25, 2015. 

– The Assessment Team


Last Call for Fellowship Activity Sign-Up! Thu, 23 Apr 15 00:00:00 +0000 Our 2015 Leadership Conference is just one week away, however there is still an opportunity for those who plan on attending the conference to sign up for one of the Guided Fellowship Activities on Tuesday, May 5th!  These activities require tickets and/or a headcount, so advance registration is required. 

Guided Fellowship Activities at the Leadership Conference include:

  • Columbus Clippers Baseball Game:  Enjoy an evening of Columbus Clippers Minor League Baseball at Huntington Park, conveniently located in downtown Columbus.  Watch the AAA Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians take on the Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights in a recently built and award-winning Minor League ballpark.   Be on the lookout for foul balls and a special scoreboard shout out to the LCMC attendees.  Adults $10; Youth (12 & under) and Seniors  (60+) $7.  Location:  330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 462-5250.  Approximately 9 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • North Market Tour/Dinner:  Embark on an Amazing Tastes Tour of downtown Columbus’ largest public food market.  During the one hour tour you will meet some of the North Market merchants first-hand, sample some fabulous local foods and then enjoy a $5 voucher to purchase a delicious dinner.  Relish your meal in the balcony eating area while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of an international array of foods.  $15 per person, 4:30pm.  Location:  59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-463-9664.  Approximately 10 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • SON Ministries:  Observe one of the most comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs in the country.  Learn how the Church at Mill Run hosts a program to support ESOL families with children from infancy to teens by providing both professionally-taught English classes as well as infant, preschool and school-aged reading, tutoring and extra-curricular programs for the children of the attendees.  Tour and view the different aspects of the ESOL program, and then enjoy time talking with the staff to exchange ideas.  Location:  The Church at Mill Run, 6:30pm.

If you are interested in the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game, North Market Tour/Dinner or SON Ministries, we must have your paid, advance registration NO LATER than Friday, April 24th.

Contact Cathy Nichol at (734) 788-7476 for reservations.

Self-Guided Fellowship Activities, which do not require advance registration, will also be offered.  To learn more, click here

LCMC Clothing Items Now Available Thu, 05 Mar 15 00:00:00 +0000 A colorful assortment of LCMC Logo clothing items is now available for purchase.  

Available items include:  

  • Women's Long Sleeve Shirts (Kelly Green) 
  • Women's Polo Shirts (Wine, Black) 
  • Men's Long Sleeve Shirts (Blue, Black)
  • Men's Short Sleeve Shirts (Blue, Black)
  • Men's Polo Shirts (Wine, Black)
  • Unisex T-Shirts (Yellow, Dark Green, Blue, Black)
  • Pullover Jackets (Red & Black)
  • Full Zip Jackets (Blue)  

These items are available to all who are interested on a first come, first serve basis.  

If interested, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant at or 734-788-7476 for sizes and prices.

2015 Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open! Tue, 03 Mar 15 00:00:00 +0000 All seminary students in LCMC are invited to join us in Denton, TX from October 2-4  for LCMC's 2015 Seminarian Retreat

Held the weekend leading up to our 15th Annual Gathering, this retreat gives fellow LCMC seminarians the opportunity to connect with each other, connect with members of the ministry board, and connect with a few seasoned pastors.  

Participants will learn about the DNA of LCMC, the seminary process, how to arrange an internship, and the certification process.  We will share meals, prayer, worship and question and answer time.

Space is limited and advance registration is required, so reserve your spot today! 

Click here to learn more and register.


Leadership Conference Update: Fellowship Activity Sign-Up Wed, 11 Feb 15 00:00:00 +0000 Our 2015 Leadership Conference will be here before you know it, and the deadline to sign up for some of our planned Fellowship Activities is fast approaching! 

As tickets for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game and North Market Tour/Dinner must be purchased in advance, all Leadership Conference attendees who would like to take part in either fellowship activity should register for the conference by Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The conference, themed iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, takes place at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, near Columbus OH, from May 3-6, 2015 and features four keynote speakers, live music, learning labs, and more. 

To learn more, click here

Congregation & Clergy Directory Update Mon, 19 Jan 15 00:00:00 +0000 We believe that keeping our members connected is an essential part of accomplishing what we need to do, and LCMC strives to keep our records as accurate and up-to-date as possible. 

Take a moment to review your congregation profile and your clergy profile on our website.  If there are changes that need to be made, please click here to update your information.  There is a Statistical Update Form for Congregations and Information Update Form for Clergy. 

If you have any questions, contact Cathy Nichol at or (734) 788-7476. 

How Would Your Congregation Use $5,000?$5000/a633.html Thu, 01 Jan 15 00:00:00 +0000 To celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, LCMC and the Thrivent Financial Foundation will be awarding $5,000 grants to 15 LCMC congregations for use in planning a project to benefit their local community. 

To apply, congregations must complete an online application, available at our website, which includes a short essay describing how the congregation would use a $5,000 grant.  The program begins January 1, 2015 and ends August 15, 2015

All eligible applications received by the deadline date will be voted on at our 15th Annual Gathering in Dallas, TX in October.  Recipients of the grant will be announced at the end of the Annual Gathering, and the results will be posted at our website after the gathering commences. 

To read the complete details and view our online application form, click here.

Call Committee Coach Training to Continue in 2015 Fri, 19 Dec 14 00:00:00 +0000 Pastor Steve Lien, our Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, is currently accepting invitations to conduct his eight-hour workshop to train Call Committee Coaches, a new initiative to equip volunteers, lay and clergy, around the country to help resource and encourage congregational call committees if and when they seek additional support. 

Steve has already conducted the workshop in Georgia, and has upcoming workshops in Medesto, California (January 12), Rancho Palos Verdes, California (January 17), and Farmersville, Ohio (February 9).   

To RSVP or inquire further, email Cathy Nichol, Administrative Assistant, at


We've Added a Search Bar! Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 +0000 To help make it easier to navigate our website, we have added a new "search bar" feature.  

This new feature enables site users to find information and documents on the LCMC website by typing in what they're looking for, as opposed to using the menu at the side of our homepage.  

For those who may be new to using the internet, or have limited computer skills, a brief tutorial on how to use this feature to find information on the LCMC website is included below.  

New Training Opportunities Available for Certification Interviewers Thu, 31 Jul 14 00:00:00 +0000 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 15, 3:30-5:30 P.M. (Story City, IA) - TENTATIVE
  • Greater Atlanta Area: Saturday, November 8, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Email to register or ask questions.


Annual Gathering Lodging Update Mon, 28 Jul 14 00:00:00 +0000 Accommodations at the The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel have sold out for the week of the Annual Gathering

For your convenience, the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus and the Des Moines Marriot Downtown are also offering reduced rates to LCMC-ers who are traveling to Des Moines for the Annual Gathering.  Be sure to mention that you are part of the LCMC group while making your hotel reservations to receive the discount. 

Of course, there are other hotels located in the Des Moines area that you are welcome to check with, as well. 

More detailed information on lodging and transportation for the Annual Gathering can be found by clicking here

American Lutheran Church Installs Pr. Jeff Redlin Wed, 02 Jul 14 00:00:00 +0000 Pastor Jeff Redlin was installed as pastor of American Lutheran Church in Winifred, MT on June 29, 2014. Pastor Redlin has been with LCMC since 2010 and previously served as founding pastor of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Lebanon, OR from 2010-2013.

Top row (L to R): Pastor Jeff Stoopes, Pastor Bob Coughlin, Pastor Gordon Buckentin
Bottom Row (L to R) Pastor Bill Duffey, Pastor Jeff Redlin, Pastor Alan Daugherty.

LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan Update Mon, 07 Apr 14 00:00:00 +0000 The Retirement Plan has added new Roth provisions as well as 2 new investment fund options. 

Roth Provisions: 

Roth After-Tax Contributions: 
Participants may contribute Roth after-tax contributions to their plan account.  With Roth contributions, the dollars going into the plan have already been taxed, thus, no tax when withdrawn at retirement. Earnings of Roth contributions are tax-free when withdrawn at retirement when held for 5 years or more.

Roth In-Plan Conversions:
This provision allows you to elect to change the tax treatment of all or a portion of your pre-tax account.  Participants may transfer vested, pre-tax contribution in their account to a Roth after-tax contribution account within the retirement plan. Please note - a conversion will result in taxable income being reported to the participant.

New Investment Fund Options:

Eaton Vance Floating Rate Fund – a Floating rate bond fund
The funds investment objective is to provide a high level of current income. Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in income producing floating rate loans and other floating rate debt securities. The Fund invests primarily in senior floating rate loans of domestic and foreign borrowers.  The interest rate on these loans “floats” so this may be a good investment in a rising interest rate environment.

Eventide Gilead – a Mid-cap Growth fund
This fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation. Normally, the Gilead Fund invests primarily in a broad range of equity securities without limitation to market capitalization. The Advisor seeks to invest in companies that reflect the following values:
  • Respecting the value and freedom of all people; this includes the right to life at all stages and freedom from addictive behaviors caused by gambling, pornography, tobacco and alcohol.
  • Demonstrating a concern for justice and peace through fair and ethical relationships with customers, suppliers and business partners and through avoidance of products and services that promote weapons production and proliferation.
  • Promoting family and community; this includes protecting children from violent forms of entertainment and also includes serving low income communities.
  • Exhibiting responsible management practices, including fair-dealing with employees, communities, competitors, suppliers and customers as demonstrated by a company’s record regarding litigation, regulatory actions against the company and its record of promoting products and services that improve the lives of people.
  • Practicing environmental stewardship
Have questions about the plan?  Click here to learn more. 
LCMC Service Coordinator to Present New Workshop Series Mon, 27 Jan 14 00:00:00 +0000 Rev. Mark Vander Tuig has created a new series of workshops designed to help as many members and leaders of LCMC congregations to make the paradigm shift from membership to discipleship as possible.

In each Congregational Workshop, he will present some Biblical concepts that will hopefully challenge, inspire and encourage our people to remember who we are as the Body of Christ and to whom we belong: Jesus.
Click Here to learn more.

LCMC Staff to Mail Updated Clergy Cards Thu, 09 Jan 14 00:00:00 +0000 We have received several inquiries over the past few weeks regarding the expiration date of clergy cards for rostered LCMC pastors. 
Our staff is currently in the process of creating and mailing updated clergy cards to our pastors, and we anticipate all updated cards to be mailed by the end of January. 
Should you have any further questions, please contact Cathy Nichol, Administrative Assistant for LCMC.
Accepting Applications for Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Position Thu, 15 Aug 13 00:00:00 +0000 an earlier post, Pastor Paul Spaulding is retiring at the end of this year. 

The Board of Trustees has approved a new job description (view description) and is calling for letters of application. 

The application process will close on September 15th, 2013 and requires a letter of interest, resume’ and the answers to three questions.  

All materials are to be sent to Pastor Larry Lindstrom either digitally or in writing (digital is preferred).  Pastor Lindstrom’s email address is:  Pastor Lindstrom’s address is:

Pastor Larry Lindstrom
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
106 North Taylor Street
Farmersville, Ohio  45325

A team of people has been appointed to sort through the applications and recommend up to four candidates to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, October 9th in Dearborn, immediately following the Annual Gathering and Convention.  The hope is that this position will be filled and begin work January 1, 2014.
Congregational Updates for Summer 2013 Tue, 25 Jun 13 00:00:00 +0000 Congregational Directory is important, as it allows us to communicate with one another in a timely and effective manner.  

If your congregation has received a Congregational Update email from our office, please follow the instructions in this email to let us know whether or not there have been any changes to your congregation's contact information or statistics within the past year.

Due to early publishing deadlines for our Annual Gathering book, updates must be received by our office no later than Wednesday, July 31st.  

Additionally, you may update your information with us at any time by completing and submitting any of the following online forms from the "Documents" area of our website:

Etana Abdissa Debel, Luther Seminary Student Mon, 20 May 13 00:00:00 +0000
A member of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and a third-year PhD student at Luther Seminary, he is a Church History major. 

He is married and has two daughters.  He is a full-time student living with his family.

Prior to his coming to Luther Seminary, Etana earned his Bachelor of Theology from Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa and Master of Philosophy in Theology from School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway.  Etana was full time minister of the EECMY.
He served as instructor, Dean and Director of Nekemte Christian Education College from 1997 to 2004.  Due to the need for more national teaching staff at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Etana was called to a full-time teaching position in February 2004, thereafter appointed to serve as the Dean of Theology at the Mekane Yesus Seminary from July 2004 to June 2008, then continued teaching.  Besides his full-time service, he also contributed to the ministry of the church of God on various capacities.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Pr. Challa Baro via email at]]>
Calling All Church Planters! Fri, 03 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 If your congregation has formed over the last 5-years, or is in some process of being developed, please consider joining us for our Third Annual New Ministry Workshop from October 9-10, 2013 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI. 
The event will be hosted by Rev. Dan Clites, Coordinator for New Ministry Development for LCMC.  Dan planted and led Rejoice! Lutheran Church in Northfield-Dundas, Minnesota for 10-years.

By coming together for this workshop, we hope to discern how we, as an association, can best support, encourage, develop and build-up the new ministries we currently have.  In addition, we desire to practice biblical principles and paradigms so we can plant and develop new church starts as a primary means of evangelism and discipleship.  We also hope to discover what resources might be most helpful for both the congregation and its leadership and to help build-up our New Ministries Network on the solid rock of the Great Commission.
There is no cost to take part in this two-day workshop, but please register in advance if you plan on attending.  
Click here to learn more.  
Pr. Rene D. Vega Ordained and Installed at the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis Thu, 02 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 Pr. Rene D. Vega was Ordained and Installed at the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis (Genesis Christian Lutheran Church) in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Pictured below are Pastors Rene D. Vega, Marilyn González and Pablo N. Aymat
Pr. Frederick Schumacher Ordained at Highland Lutheran Church Tue, 09 Apr 13 00:00:00 +0000 Pastor Frederick Schumacher of Outlook, Montana was ordained on February 10, 2013 at Highland Lutheran Church, where he currently serves as pastor. 
Pictured with Rev. Schumacher (below) are Pr. Jon Gerdts of Living Water Church in Sun Prairie, WI, Ms. Ellen Sedgwick, Council President of Highland Lutheran Church, and Mr. Steve Bethal.

Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis to Ordain and Install Rene D. Vega Thu, 07 Mar 13 00:00:00 +0000 The Ordination and Installation of Rene D. Vega will take place at the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis (Genesis Christian Lutheran Church) in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, and all are welcome to attend.
The service will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. during the congregation's regular worship service.  The building is located at:
Iglesia Crisatiana Luterana Genesis
Calle AA G-16 Ciudad Universitaria
Trujillo Alto PR
LCMC to Host Church Council Workshops Thu, 10 Jan 13 00:00:00 +0000 New for 2013, LCMC will be hosting a series of Church Council Workshops at LCMC congregations throughout the year.
Workshops will be led by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, the Service Coordinator of LCMC, and focus on gathering church council members, leaders, and pastors to center our ministries on the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

For more information, click here, or check out our Events Calendar for scheduled dates and locations.
Surplus LCMC Logo-Embroidered Apparel Now Available Thu, 06 Dec 12 00:00:00 +0000 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
Coordinator for New Ministry Development Position Now Posted Online Thu, 18 Oct 12 00:00:00 +0000 Coordinator for New Ministry Development. 

This full-time staff position will help the association membership grow in mission by helping us implement the many faces of new church starts: traditional congregation, house church, etc. as the Spirit leads.
More information and a complete description of the position are located under "About Us"  >  "Board and Staff"  >  "Open LCMC Staff Positions" or by clicking here. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 30, 2012.
Rev. Carol Clark and Rev. Frank Remski Recently Ordained Fri, 12 Oct 12 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC is pleased to announce the ordination of Rev. Carol Clark at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM and the ordination and installation or Rev. Frank Remski at Reformation Lutheran Church in Westminster, CA.
The photographs and bios listed below have been submitted to us for publication on our website and in our quarterly newsletter.
Annual Gathering Feedback and Suggestions Welcome Wed, 10 Oct 12 00:00:00 +0000 Thank you, LCMC, for another great Annual Gathering!
We will be updating our website as soon as possible with new information regarding any news and announcements that were made at the gathering, as well as any media files that you may be looking for, as information becomes available.
If you have not yet taken the time to do so, please consider filling out an evaluation form to let us know what you thought of this year's gathering. 
We do take the time to read through each and every evaluation form that we receive, whether it is submitted through our website, by mail, or in person at the gathering.
Your feedback, ideas and suggestions are taken into account by the Staff and Board of Trustees of LCMC in the planning of future events.  
So that we are able to have all of this information processed in time for our next Board of Trustees meeting, please be sure that we are able to receive your evaluations no later than Friday, October 26, 2012.
For your convenience, this form is available at our website at the following link:
Thanks for your help!

Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church Installs Pr. Susan Westland Mon, 17 Sep 12 00:00:00 +0000 The congregation of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church, LCMC, welcomed Pastor Susan and Rich Westland in June of this year, celebrating her installation on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:00 P.M.
Pastor Susan and Rich, of Bellevue, Nebraska, were called to Shepherd of the Falls in June of this year and arrived in the small agricultural town of American Falls, ID on August 3. 
The next day was the annual American Falls Day Parade, and preparations had been made to have them ride on a horse with a buggy, decorated in royal purple.
On Sunday, Pr. Susan's husband, Rich, sang with the "Shepherd Singers" at an outdoor summer concert called "Gospel on the Grass". 

On August 12, approximately one week later, Pr. Susan conducted her first service and performed a wedding ceremony, all at one service. 
Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church has been without a pastor since its beginning in September of 2010, when approximately 70 people walked out of another church group and began worship the very next Sunday. 
"God has so richly blessed us with miracles and more miracles as we followed His timing to get a pastor," said Ms. Juanita Burgemeister, the congregation's secretary.
Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church began the search for a pastor in March, and through many resumes and interviews, decided to call Pastor Susan Westland, a certified LCMC clergy. 
She is a graduate of Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN with a Master of Divinity.  Pastor Susan also has a BS degree in Human Resources and Family Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Some of her training includes clinical pastoral education and Stephen Ministry leader training. 
During her time in Nebraska, she served 16 counties in developing Drug and Alcohol Prevention programs for teens, assisting communities in developing mentor programs for at-risk youth, and authoring the state guideline manual for juvenile diversion programs. 
She has extensive training in substance abuse prevention and early intervention programs; domestic violence, and victim advocacy programs and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.
Susan and Rich have been married for ten years and are parents of four adult children and grandparents of two. 
Pastor Susan previously served as Vicar in charge of pastoral care at Thanksgiving! Lutheran in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Rich is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel and plans to attend classes at ISU. 
They are active in the Christian Motorcyclist Association and enjoy the ministry with love and compassion.
Pastor Susan and Rich are truly thrilled to be in American Falls and look forward to meeting those in the community sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.  God has moved mountains and has blessed them in so many ways in bringing them to American Falls. 
Book Offering for Ethiopian Seminary to Take Place at Annual Gathering Thu, 16 Aug 12 00:00:00 +0000 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 that pastors, church leaders, and church musicians could use, and you are willing to part with, please bring them along to Denver this October.  All kinds of books are welcome:  theology, church history, worship, church administration, Lutheran doctrine, Luther’s works, church growth, evangelism, Biblical interpretation, commentaries, and any Biblical resource books, etc.

The offering will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2012  at 11:30 A.M. during the “International Focus” with Professor Abdi Tadesse from the Mekane Yesus seminary.

We will be taking an offering for shipping costs as well.  

This is one of many ways that we can directly partner with the church in Ethiopia.

For additional ideas, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba presenting a breakout session on the Ethiopia connection during the Annual Gathering as well.
We hope to see you all there!
LCMC Announces September Missions Conference Thu, 02 Aug 12 00:00:00 +0000 This September, the Great Commission Lutherans of Northwest Iowa will host A Light for All Peoples!, a Missions Conference aimed at equipping pastors and church leaders with the skills to ignite a passion within their congregations for sharing God's mission beyond the walls of the church building.
Keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, Ethiopian Evangelist and NALC’s leader of World Mission, Rev. Ken Kimball, Dean of the Iowa Mission District of the NALC, and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC will take the stage at this two day event, which takes place September 28-29, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church of Spencer, IA.
On Friday evening at 6:00 P.M., a forum designed for congregational leaders will be held.  Featuring all three keynote speakers, this session will offer pragmatic help to "lead congregations into mission".
Saturday's programming will feature discussion on local and world missions with Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, as well as an open forum with all three keynote speakers.
Those attending the conference will also have an opportunity to learn more about several missions organizations through breakout sessions and exhibit tables. 
Breakout sessions scheduled include:
  • John Spaulding – “Christians Meeting Muslims”
  • World Mission Prayer League
  • Rusty Bailey – Haiti
  • Ken Kimball – NALC Update and Information
  • David Lerseth – Madagascar Ministry
  • Kevin Grimes – Dream Center
  • Jan Turner – Cherish Center
  • Rod Quanbeck/Dan Antoine – Ingham/Okoboji
  • Julie Schieb – Discovery House
  • Mark Vander Tuig – LCMC Update and Information
The cost of registration is $20.00 per person.   To register for this event, please contact Faith Lutheran Church via email at or call (712) 580-4316.
Additional details for this event will be announced as they become available.
Important Leadership Conference Announcements Tue, 20 Mar 12 00:00:00 +0000 logoOur annual Leadership Conference in Fargo, ND is just around the corner.
With less than a month until the event begins,  we'd like to make a few important announcements for those of you who are interested in this year's conference.


For those of you who still plan on attending and have not yet booked your hotel room, please be advised that the deadline for doing so at a reduced rate is soon approaching.
The hotels listed on our website have each reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate for those who plan on attending our conference next month.
We have recently been advised to inform any interested Leadership Conference participants who have not yet booked a hotel room but still plan on attending this event that these accommodations will only be available for one more week.
While attendees will still be able to reserve rooms in or near Fargo during the time of the conference after this date, it is highly likely that the rate for each room will increase.


As a general reminder, the deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 11, 2012
If you have not yet registered for the Leadership Conference and still plan on attending, we ask that you please send us your registration information and payment of $60 per person at your earliest convenience.
Processing our registrations on time will allow us to plan the best possible experience for our guests.
Registration is available online at our website, or by printing and mailing us your completed registration form.

Sunday Evening Activities

While earlier Leadership Conference announcements listed the event as April 16-18, 2012, please note that there are additional activities planned for Sunday April 15.
We will be meeting at Atonement Lutheran Church beginning at 5:30 PM on Sunday for opening registration as well as a chance to catch up and get acquainted with one another.
The evening will wrap up with worship music at 7:00 PM, followed by dessert and coffee at 8:00 PM.

Leadership Conference Videos

If you are unable to attend this year's Leadership Conference, but are still interested in listening to one or more of the presentations, you're in luck.
This year, we do have plans to make video from our conference available online at our website.
As there are several hours of work that will go in to creating each video, these videos may not be available until several weeks after the conference.
We will announce further details on our Leadership Conference videos as they become available.

St. John's Lutheran Church Ordains Rev. Charles Stevenson Thu, 23 Feb 12 00:00:00 +0000 Rev. Charles Stevenson was ordained at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Peabody, MA, on September 26.

Pastor Ray Phyles presided. Pastor Norm David delivered the sermon.

Pastor Charles was raised in southeast Michigan. He has a PhD in electrical engineering and two divinity degrees from Yale University. He is a professor of computer science at Salem State University (SSU), Salem, MA.

He looks forward to the challenges of a “tent-making” ministry at St. John, where he will combine teaching/mentoring students at SSU with ministering to his congregation and conducting outreach programs to the North Shore Community.

He and his wife, Joni, have four children: Ian, Colleen, Hannah and Keely.


Photo (Left to Right): Pastor Norm David, Charles Stevenson, Pastor Raymond Phyles.

St. John Lutheran Church Installs Pastor Mark Brickzin Thu, 02 Feb 12 00:00:00 +0000 Pr. Mark BrickzinOn Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 pm an installation service was held for Pastor Mark Brickzin, who recently accepted a call to serve St. John Lutheran Church of Hatton, ND.

Pastor Curtis Tilleraas from North Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, conducted the service and Rev. Mark Ellingson of Northwood, ND, Chaplain with Red River Valley Hospice, brought the message.

Pastor Brickzin and his wife, Sherry, came to serve the St. John congregation in August of this year. He has served congregations in Minnesota and North Dakota since 1977, and was, most recently (2003-2011), the founding pastor of Christ Community Church LCMC of Pelican Rapids, MN.


Pictured from left to right: Pastors Curtis Tilleraas, Mark Ellingson, and Mark Brickzin.

Living Word Lutheran Church Ordains Rev. Mark Lund Fri, 27 Jan 12 00:00:00 +0000

Rev. Mark Lund of Canby, formerly of Marshall, was ordained on Sunday, January 22 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall.

He was ordained by Rev. Mark Richardson, Service Coordinator of the Augustana District, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

Rev. Lund is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul and is serving as pastor of Word of God Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Canby.

He is the son of John and Marilyn Lund of Marshall.

Front row (Left to Right): Rev. Mark Richardson, Rev. Dave Christensen, Rev. Tom Jacobson, Rev. Randy Freund.
Back row (Left to Right): Rev. Tom Stenzel, Rev. Bruce Berg, Rev. Mark Lund, Rev. Kelly Wasberg, Rev. Wolfgang Laudert.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church Installs Pr. James Lindgren Thu, 26 Jan 12 00:00:00 +0000 Pastor James Lindgren was installed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, MI on November 16, 2011.

Pastor Charles Mzinga from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania preached the sermon.

Pastor Steve Cowen from Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, officiated.

Pastor Lindgren has been in the ministry over 30 years. He and his wife Judy had previously served congregations in Nebraska and Minnesota.

LCMC Retirement Savings Plan Now Live Fri, 13 Jan 12 00:00:00 +0000 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 or by contacting the Participant Service Center at 1-800-442-4015.

Distributions may now be requested as well by contacting the Participant Service Center at the number above.

When contacting the Participant Service Center, please be sure to have your SSN and last four digits ready in order to access your account.

Additional information is available at the LCMC 403b plan website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 1-800-442-4015 and select the option that allows you to speak with a Participant Service Center representative.

Contact information regarding our retirement savings plan will remain posted on the Pension & Benefits page of our website, which is located under Documents  >  Serving with LCMC  >  Pension & Benefits.

There is also a brief tutorial on how to access your online account available here.
Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church Ordains Pr. Tim Glendening Tue, 10 Jan 12 00:00:00 +0000 Ordination CeremonyOn December 3, 2011, Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Smithfield, Nebraska ordained Pr. Tim Glendening.
Rev. Keith Menter presided over the ceremony, which took place in the midst of a blizzard.
This is Pr. Glendening's first call.
Prior to his ordination at Hope Evangelical, he shared a ministry on depression titled "Out of Darkness" in over 1,000 churches aross the country, many of which now are part of the LCMC commiunity. 
He and his wife, Jan, have two children, Derek and Nicolle, as well as three grandchildren.
In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fishing and counted cross-stitch.
2001 Photographs Mon, 05 Dec 11 00:00:00 +0000 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

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 Mon, 17 Oct 11 00:00:00 +0000 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 and their mothers or mentors, and aims to give women a better understanding of love, identity and self-worth.

To learn more, visit or download the article below.]]>
Word of Hope Lutheran Church Ordains and Installs Reverend Wilson Metz Thu, 22 Sep 11 00:00:00 +0000 Rev. MetzReverend Wilson Metz was ordained and installed at Word of Hope Lutheran Church in Ashland, NE on July 24, 2011.

Reverend Oliver Olson, President of the Omaha Bible School, presided at the ordination service. Members of the Word of Hope family and visitors participated in the laying on of hands as they gathered around Pastor Metz to pray.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Wilson is the director of the Heartland Men of Faith, a field trainer for Man in the Mirror, an Iron Sharpens Iron conference organizer, and works to connect national and local ministries with the goal of equipping men to minister to each other, their families, their cities, and their congregations.

Wilson and his wife Sandy have been married 37 years and have two children and six grandchildren.

LCMC to Host New Ministry Workshop following Annual Gathering Mon, 29 Aug 11 00:00:00 +0000 A workshop designed to gather at least one pastor and one leader from each of our new ministries will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa following the Annual Gathering.  
This workshop is designed for all LCMC congregations that have formed within the past five years, and will include discussions oh how LCMC can best support, encourage and help develop its newest member congregations.  
There will also be networking opportunities for participants.  
For additional information and to register, please click here
What is a Denomination? Sun, 17 Jul 11 00:00:00 +0000 Some have said, "LCMC is a vibrant and faithful association of congregations, rather than a denominational church body."

LCMC has referred to itself as "a post-denominational association of congregations," as a way of acknowledging that its horizontal structure is different than the more vertical structure of many classic denominations.

But having said that, LCMC is recognized as a church body (denomination) by the IRS, by the ELCA, and by other denominations. LCMC does have structure that is defined in its Constitution and bylaws. LCMC has member congregations, association-wide meetings, a clergy List (roster), a retirement and health plan, and regional and otherwise configured Districts for congregational support. LCMC does endorse chaplains for the military and its pensions and health plans transfer. Seminary students have a candidacy process and clergy a certification process.

While we understand our association to be post-denominational, we are a denomination by most societal definitions.

The freedom we enjoy allows us a variety of ways of saying who we are. We are primarily Lutheran congregations in mission for Christ.

LCMC The First Ten Years Sun, 17 Jul 11 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC The First Ten Years tells the story of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) — its origins and its first ten years as an association — told from the perspective of those who were participants and leaders on that journey.

"The writers of this book have several things in common: All are united by a common faith in Jesus Christ. All claim a personal history that is rooted in a Lutheran understanding of the Christian Faith. All believe that the Lutheran Confessional documents of the Reformation are not subject to the whims of modern culture. Then generously multiply that truth to the Scripture, itself, which stands over all human attempts to interpret it. In recent years these writers have been put to the test. Their commitment to an orthodox understanding of Christianity has brought them together into a much less structured church body called Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Without exception, each one has experienced some form of rejection by their former church body. That too has united and motivated these writers with a fervor producing a truly modern church body that looks much like the Church of our Lord in the Book of Acts where both suffering and blessings abound!"

- Rev. Dr. Paul Braafladt, Seattle
Soft Cover Book, 189 pages
Price: $10.00 US
Order the book by sending an email to or through the Sola Publishing link. ]]>
Who Is LCMC? Sun, 17 Jul 11 00:00:00 +0000 Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are:

  • free in Christ;
  • accountable to one another;
  • rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions;
  • working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

LCMC is an association of congregations. We have a great respect for the reality that the church is where the people of God gather together around Word and Sacrament. The local congregation is where the church becomes a concrete reality for God's people.

At the same time we are joyously aware that each congregation is a part of the greater body of Christ. The actions of each congregation within our association reflect on our association as a whole. And the actions of our association reflect on the whole body of Christ. For this reason we have committed ourselves to a common set of ministry standards.

Congregations have significant latitude in ordering and shaping ministry in their local setting, and we intentionally have made joining and leaving the association simple. We have also agreed to a disciplinary process for addressing congregations whose actions violate our agreed-upon statements of faith and practice.