LCMC Blog [by Perry Fruhling] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us LCMC Conflict Coaches To Be Available Mon, 24 Aug 20 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC Conflict Coaches Training has been taking place in August and September.  LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Perry Fruhling, continues to work with potential coaches who are preparing to be available to congregations throughout the association. 

The training has consisted of understanding conflict from a systems perspective, learning to identify sources of anxiety in congregational conflict, and developing skills in the conflict resolution process. 

The coaches will be available in the months ahead for initial contacts with congregations in conflict.  We invite congregations to contact their LCMC District or Fellowship Group Coordinators to find a conflict coach near them. 

For more information or if you would be interested in participating in a future conflict coach training, contact Pastor Fruhling at

As we continue to learn about anxiety and its effect on the life of the church, we thank God for the opportunity to walk together to grow in bringing hope to struggling congregations. 

Conflict Resolution Workshop Video Available Sun, 23 Aug 20 00:00:00 +0000 Congregations who are interested in viewing the LCMC conflict resolution workshop video recorded by LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Perry Fruhling, may email Perry ( for a link to the video along with the workshop workbook. 

Congregational councils, small groups, or newly forming conflict resolution teams may have interest in forming a study around the video presentations. 

The video was recorded at Richland Lutheran Church, Richland, WA, in February of this year.  The video is a great opportunity to learn the basic concepts of anxiety in congregations and how to resolve conflict between two individuals or parties of people in a Biblically-based process. 

Perry Fruhling is still available to do in person Conflict Resolution Workshops in your congregation.  Simply contact him at for more information and to schedule the event. 

Conflict Coaches Workshop Rescheduled Tue, 28 Jul 20 00:00:00 +0000 COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our initially scheduled Conflict Coaches Training event last March. Now, it may actually give opportunity for more LCMC pastors and leaders to be able to attend an online training through Zoom!

The LCMC Conflict Coaches Training event has been rescheduled for those who are interested in assisting congregations with conflict resolution. 

The training will be offered twice (individuals may choose to attend either of the events):

  • Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 - 20, 2020 (10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. CDT)
  • Monday and Tuesday, August 31 - September 1, 2020 (10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. CDT)

The online version will have training, an opportunity to discuss case studies, and plans for utilizing what we learn in congregational settings. 

The hope is to develop LCMC conflict coaches throughout the country who can be an initial contact for LCMC congregations who are experiencing conflict.

Coaches will receive basic training for diagnosing congregational conflict and assisting congregations who need limited help in working through conflicted situations. 

There will be NO COST associated with this event! 

We will host it through Zoom (participants will need to download zoom to their computer to attend).

Click here for an event brochure with the basic information.  Feel free to share it with someone whom you feel may serve well in this capacity (generally meaning someone with a non-anxious presence and some basic knowledge in conflict resolution or psychological systems). 

To register, please reply to with the basic registration information included in the brochure. 

We highly recommend participants having attended an LCMC Conflict Resolution workshop with Pastor Perry Fruhling, Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry for LCMC, or other conflict resolution and peace-making workshops. If not, a participant may download a previously recorded workshop video to view before the event.

Attending does not obligate or guarantee a person in any way to serve as a conflict coach.  But, as there is mutual agreement about being equipped and called for this purpose, perhaps God can use us to bring restoration, health, and wholeness to a neighboring congregation.

LCMC to Host Conflict Coaches Training Event Tue, 19 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 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 +0000 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 +0000 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.

If you would like to be personally notified of news updates regarding this event, please download our moble app and subscribe to Leadership Conference push notifications in the app settings [here's how].

Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role? Tue, 29 May 18 00:00:00 +0000 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 +0000 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