LCMC Blog [Annual Gathering 2022 series] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention Wrap-Up - Here's What You Need to Know Thu, 06 Oct 22 00:00:00 +0000 Pastors, leaders, and church members from across the association gathered together October 2-5 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN for LCMC's 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention.

The theme of this year’s event was “Discipleship: Following Christ in a Complicated World”.

Programming began on Sunday evening with an opening worship service preached by Becky Hand.   

Monday morning kicked off with Bible study led by Wendy Poch, followed by a keynote presentation by Ebassa Berhanu.  

New for 2022, participants had the option to attend meet and greet sessions to connect with other people from LCMC who serve in their particular area of ministry.  

Mike Bradley presented his service coordinator's report on Monday afternoon, which was followed by the first of three breakout sessions.

As programming wrapped up for the evening, attendees had the opportunity to join together for the association’s annual fellowship dinner, then get connected with one the various districts and fellowships in LCMC through district meetings.

Tuesday morning’s programming featured keynote speakers Steve Turnbull and Graeme Sellers.

During the business session, new members were elected to serve on the LCMC Board of Trustees.  More information on current board members can be found here.

Perry Fruhling, the LCMC coordinator for pastoral ministry, recognized and prayed for the pastors, seminarians, and congregations in LCMC on Tuesday afternoon.

The evening concluded with two breakout sessions, followed by an evening gathering for worship and prayer.  

On Wednesday morning, Randy Freund presented our vision for LCMC 3.0 and announced the dates and location for next year’s Annual Gathering & Convention.  

A panel discussion on discipleship featuring keynote speakers Steve King, Ryan Alexander, Andrea Paulson, and Ebassa Berhanu was also held.  

The event wrapped up with a closing worship service preached by Ryan Alexander.

Next Annual Gathering:

Mark your calendars now...our next Annual Gathering & Convention will take place October 1-4, 2023 in St. Charles, MO.

Media Resources:

  • BOOK: To download a digital copy of this year's Annual Gathering book, go to Events > Media > Annual Gathering Books. 
  • VIDEOS: Videos of this year's speakers will be made available for streaming in the LCMC mobile app and on our website under Events > Media > Videos & Podcasts after they are finished being edited.


LCMC’s Annual Gathering & Convention: What Does God Have in Store for You?’s-annual-gathering--convention-what-does-god-have-in-store-for-you/a989.html Fri, 22 Jul 22 00:00:00 +0000 This year’s Annual Gathering & Convention for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is being hosted at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN on October 2-5.

Our gathering is so much more than a traditional, old-school business meeting, or a pastors’ only meeting. It is a gathering of God’s people, lay and ordained, coming together to worship the Lord, to begin building new friendships or nurture existing ones, to pray with and for one another, to be encouraged by vision-casting keynote sessions, and to be equipped for the work of the ministry through breakout sessions. The LCMC Annual Gathering is a time to be loved, connected, and cared for. It is all of this and more.

At this year’s Annual Gathering we will be reflecting on one of our core values as an association: working together to fulfill Christ’s great commission to go and make disciples of all nations. This is an important matter for us because it is God’s call upon our lives as individuals and churches. Furthermore, it is essential because the world is already at work discipling God’s people. The values and life practices of the members of our churches are being influenced by social media, the internet, the 24-7 news cycle, the network news option of your choice, and more. The influence these sources wield is often not in keeping with God’s Word, His will, or His ways. If we are not intentional and active in the discipleship of God’s people, the world will do it for us.

At the gathering, we hope to cast an inspirational vision for discipleship, provide a solid theological foundation for its practice, and share multiple models and resources for carrying this out in and through our churches.

With all of this in mind, and as I pray for the gathering, I cannot help but wonder: What does God have in store for you at the Annual Gathering this year? Who will He bring across your path to meet you and be blessed by you? Whom will he connect you with who will, in turn, be a blessing and encouragement to you? Whom will you find yourself praying with and for? How might God encounter you, speak to you, and act in your life during the gathering? What words of guidance and encouragement might you receive to take back home with you to share with others in your congregation? I cannot help but wonder about all of this and more. 

And so, I find myself praying for you and for the gathering. I find myself praying that God will remind us of His unshakable, unconditional love for us. I find myself praying that God will remind us that we are His beloved daughters and sons. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will help us network with one another so that every member and congregation of our association is being loved, connected, and cared for. And I am praying that we can rest, be refreshed, and be restored in God’s empowering and healing presence.

If you have not already registered for the gathering, please do. Registration information can be found at, and the discounted “early bird” rate is still available through August 15

I hope to see you there.


A Gathering of Worship & Prayer Tue, 28 Jun 22 00:00:00 +0000 I love slowing down and resting in God’s presence, at times alone and at other times in the presence of others. One of the ways I experience this is in moments of worship and prayer with the community of sisters and brothers in Christ. Therefore, I am excited to announce that we will have an opportunity to do just that at our upcoming Annual Gathering & Convention.

On Tuesday, October 4, we will gather at 7:00 P.M. at Hosanna Church. LCMC worship leaders from around the Twin Cities area will come together as a team to lead us in worship and in song. There will be opportunities to pray with and for one another throughout the evening as the Holy Spirit leads.

This is our only agenda that night, to worship and pray. Please make plans now to join us for this gathering of worship and prayer!

Our 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention takes place October 2-5, 2022 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN. The early bird discount is still available for those who register by August 15.

See you there!

Register Now - 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention Mon, 25 Apr 22 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now open online and by mail for our 22nd Annual Gathering & Convention, a four day event designed to bring people from across the association together for a time of fellowship, worship, learning, and more.

The theme of this year's event is Discipleship: Following Christ in a Complicated World, and speakers Ebassa Berhanu, Steve Turnbull, Graeme Sellers, Steven King, Ryan Alexander, and Andrea Paulson will help us to explore the importance of discipleship in our everyday lives.

In addition to hearing from our speakers, participants will also be invited to:

  • Connect with other pastors, leaders, and church members in LCMC through fellowship and networking activities such as our fellowship dinner and district meetings
  • Take part in breakout sessions
  • Meet mission and ministry exhibitors
  • Join together in worship, prayer, and Bible study with others from across the association

As a new experience for 2022, we will also be offering meet and greets to help people in different types of ministry establish relationships with one another and reflect on the role their ministry plays in the discipling of others.

The event takes place October 2-5 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN.

For the best possible experience, we recommend signing up by August 15 to receive the discounted rate, then booking your accommodations as soon as you have registered in order to guarantee your spot. 

For more information and to register for the event, click here.  

We can't wait to see you there!