LCMC Blog [by Perry Fruhling] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us LCMC to Host Conflict Coaches Training Event Tue, 19 Nov 19 00:00:00 -0700 Conflict is a normal part of our everyday lives.  We experience conflict in our relationships at home, places of work, community, and yes, even in our churches. 

As many as 40% of our congregations will experience conflict to the point of disrupting mission! 

During the past year, Rev. Perry Fruhling, Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry for LCMC, has been conducting Conflict Resolution Workshops around the country. 

The desire now is to take this training to the next level as we train coaches for various regions of the country. 

There will be a Conflict Coaches Training Event held at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL (near to O’Hare Airport), March 30 - April 1, 2020.  

The event will include training on the following:

  • Basic information about anxiety in congregations – learning to identify the source of anxiety and management of it
  • The process of conflict resolution – with hands on exercises
  • Family Systems and congregational conflict
  • Protocol for listening and discernment in congregational conflict
  • Assessment and working with leadership on a plan for conflict resolution
  • Reconciliation, restoration and healing in the congregation
  • Referral and steps for long-term care

Registration for the event is $50, which includes materials, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and other presentation costs. 

This LCMC event is open to LCMC pastors and lay leaders.  Attendance at one of the Conflict Workshops or having other background in conflict resolution would be beneficial but is not required.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Rev. Perry Fruhling at for registration, hotel, and other additional information.

LCMC to Offer Conflict Resolution Workshops Tue, 26 Feb 19 00:00:00 -0700 The LCMC Ministry Board is announcing in place of a leadership conference, conflict resolution workshops will be held regionally throughout the United States. 

Workshops will be led by LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Perry Fruhling, a trained facilitator for Peter Steinke’s Healthy Congregations and has a variety of training in conflict resolution and family systems. 

As we continue to grow as an association, it is vital for our congregations to become healthy in how we relate to one another and resolve conflict.  Perry will present information on emotional systems as they relate to congregational health. 

Pastors, leaders and all members of LCMC congregations are invited to attend these one day workshops, which will take place March 16 – October 19 in various locations throughout the U.S.

For more information, including dates and locations, click here to learn more and download our brochure, or check out our events calendar

2019 Leadership Conference Update Fri, 30 Nov 18 00:00:00 -0700 The LCMC Ministry Board has announced that our 2019 Leadership Conference will be done regionally throughout the United States.  We hope to offer several events at times and dates to be announced soon.  Some of these regional events will coincide with LCMC district gatherings in order to optimize travel efforts.

This year’s Leadership Conference events will focus on Conflict Resolution.  Pastor Perry Fruhling, LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, will work with members of the Ministry Board to present information on emotional systems as it relates to congregational health.  Pastor Fruhling is a trained facilitator for Peter Steinke’s Healthy Congregations organization.

Please look for more information soon regarding dates and locations of 2019 Leadership Conference events in your area.

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Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role? Tue, 29 May 18 00:00:00 -0600 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 necessary training for these transitions to go well.  As you develop in this vital area of ministry, the kingdom of Christ is realized in the congregation you serve.

The event takes place July 10-12 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  To register, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator at or (734) 788-7476. 

May God use this ministry training to strengthen the witness of LCMC in the years to come!

LCMC Announces Intentional Interim Ministry Training for 2018 Thu, 22 Mar 18 00:00:00 -0600 LCMC is hosting our second training class for those who feel called into intentional interim ministry.  

Those of us serving on the LCMC staff believe those serving in this capacity need training. Some of the best training is through the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) or the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP).  These courses require significant time and money, so we are providing a lower cost alternative, even while continuing to suggest pastors consider the more thorough training.

Our LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Training will be taught by Pastors Steve Lien and Steve Abend, who have completed training with IMN and NALIP respectively.  

The event takes place from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. through Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. in the Principal Financial Group Conference Rooms A & B of the Grand View University Student Center (located at 2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316).

The cost to attend is $150.00 for the course, which must be paid in full to hold your place, plus housing and transportation.  Housing is available for a very reasonable rate at Grand View University.  MORE INFO >>

Registration details and a list of pre-reading books required before class will be provided by contacting Cathy Nichol, Administrative Coordinator, at or (734) 788-7476. 

Pastor Perry Fruhling
LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry