LCMC Blog [Tutorials Topic] http://lcmc.net/blog/feed?topic=14 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Get Mobile Updates! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/get-mobile-updates/a805.html Sun, 28 Jan 18 00:00:00 -0700 Did you know that the LCMC App lets you sign up to receive news updates on your mobile device based entirely on your interests?  Here's a breakdown of what's available:

General Notifications:

Select this option if you’d like to be notified of only the basics, such as major announcements that aren’t related to attending a specific event.  (Examples: New videos/podcasts, service projects, contests, and any big news updates from the LCMC Staff and Boards.)

Event Specific Notifications:

We use this feature to notify you when registration opens for your favorite events, when a deadline related to an event you’ve selected is approaching, and when any major new details get announced for that event.  (For Three Days of Prayer, you’ll receive a message reflecting on the themes during each of the three days.)  App users who sign up for these types of notifications will only receive announcements for the specific events they’ve opted in for.  

On Site Notifications:  

While attending a larger LCMC event such as the Annual Gathering, opting-in for on site notifications will allow you to receive any announcements or updates that are made during the event, such as meeting room assignments and service project information.  You will only receive these types of messages for the duration of the event you’re attending.

Don’t worry, if you sign up for our notification system we won’t spam you with constant daily messages. We’re just using this feature as a way to help make it easier to receive news updates in the most timely manner possible.  

Here’s How:

  1. If you haven't already, download our app on your phone or tablet. 
  2. Open the app and click on the icon in the top left corner to access your inbox, notes, and app settings. 
  3. Select "Settings", then "Notifications". 
  4. On the Notifications page, simply toggle on anything you'd like to get updates about. 

That's it! 

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We've Launched CHURCHES CONNECT! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/weve-launched-churches-connect/a652.html Wed, 27 May 15 00:00:00 -0600 When I first started in this job in 2010, I had an idea about a way to use our website to connect congregations with one another.  The idea came from the internet dating programs that are now commonplace and have resulted in thousands of marriages. We are finally ready to launch this new effort. 

Here’s how it works: 

  1. The leader/pastor/member of a congregation goes to our website and signs up for Churches Connect. 
  2. Some basic demographic and congregational information is entered into an online profile.  Some congregations will be listing the strengths they think might help other congregations; some congregations will be looking for resources for an area of ministry they want to develop. 
  3. The database will match congregations who are looking for help or resources with other congregations that can offer experience and resources for that same area of ministry.

The profile information is needed so that real help can be offered that makes sense for the size of the congregation, the community in which they are planted and the resources they have available.  As participation in Churches Connect grows, the database, categories and resources will grow right along with it.

LCMC is all about horizontal and partnership-based relationships in ministry.  After traveling around our association for the last 5 years, I am aware of some great things that are happening, and I am also of some great needs that others have. 

The benefit will be very limited unless our congregations actually sign up and fill out the profile.  Those of us who work for this association are limited as well, both in time and information.  We are not all going to be here forever, but I hope that what the Lord has begun in our association will last long after all of us.  Churches Connect can hold information and create relationships well into the rest of the 21st Century!

Peter Churness, the person who has designed this program and administers it, has posted a video tutorial that is available on our website.  He will walk through each step with you in order to make sure that if you are interested, you will be able to have access to this developing resource for mission and ministry!

Churches Connect is a way that we can continue to be an association that is built on relationships that are mutual, relational, congregational and horizontal!

You can find churches connect under Networking > Churches Connect or by clicking on the link below. 

Go To Churches Connect  |  Get Started!

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Please Take a Moment to Update Your Information! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/please-take-a-moment-to-update-your-information/a647.html Mon, 27 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0600 In the past few years, has your congregation:

  • Called a new pastor?
  • Posted an item to our Resource Sharing page?
  • Had changes to its statistical data?
  • Changed its address, phone number, website URL, or email address?

If so, please take a moment to review our website and let us know if there are any changes to your information.  To ensure that your updated information is received by our staff, please follow the instructions listed below. 

 

Church Staffing & Resource Center

If your congregation has submitted a Church Staffing Position or a Resource Item via the LCMC website, and the position or item is no longer available, please let us know.  Church Staffing and Resource Center items can be deleted in one of the following ways:

If you posted the position or item:

  • Login to your myLCMC Account.  On your myAccount page, use the "My Staff Openings" and/or "My Item Listings" tabs to view and delete your postings.
  • If you forgot your password or have trouble logging in to your account, click here.

If someone else posted the position or item:

 

E-Newsletter Mailing List

If you have signed up to receive the LCMC E-Newsletter, but need to update your email address, please follow the steps below.  For more information on our E-Newsletter, visit Community  >  Newsletters  >  E-Newsletter (or click here).

  1. Visit the homepage of our website at www.lcmc.net, then scroll to the bottom of the page. 
  2. In the bottom left corner, you will see a section that says "Newsletter Sign Up". 
  3. Enter your new email address into the white text box. 
  4. Click on the red "subscribe" button. 
  5. Enter your old email address into the white text box. 
  6. Click on the "unsubscribe" link. 
  7. Your email address has now been updated. 

 

LCMC Directory

If your Congregation, District, or Clergy profile needs to be updated, please let us know.  Go to Documents  >  Applications & Forms  >  Update Contact Information (or click here) to notify us of any updates to contact information, statistics, or pastoral status. 

 

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We've Added a Search Bar! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/weve-added-a-search-bar/a611.html Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 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.  

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Events Made Easy! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/events-made-easy/a198.html Mon, 12 Dec 11 00:00:00 -0700 Good news, everybody!

There is now a way to submit events for the LCMC calendar directly through our website!

To do so, simply find the "Submit an Event" page listed under the Events menu, or click here. From there, all you have to do is fill out the form and submit it.

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Staff Openings & Resource Sharing: A Tutorial http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/staff-openings--resource-sharing-a-tutorial/a78.html Mon, 19 Sep 11 00:00:00 -0600 In the creation of our new site, we've given LCMC site users the ability to post staff openings and resource items for other LCMC members to view.  

LCMC congregations can submit job descriptions for open ministry positions through our website.   Once these open positions have been approved by an administrator, they will be posted to our Open Positions page, where they can be viewed by interested applicants.
 
We have also created a Resource Sharing center, which allows individuals or congregations to list items, such as books, videos or equipment, that they have to sell, loan or give away to other congregations.
 
Getting the word out about an open position or an item that you would like to share is easy.  

Here's how:

  1. If you haven't already, create a myLCMC account by clicking here.  Once you have an active myLCMC account, you'll be able to post your staff openings and/or resource items. 
  2. Make sure that you are logged into your account.  To find out whether you're logged in, check the top of the page.  If you are not logged in, there will be a "login" option at the top of the page, like so:
    login info
  3. If you are not logged in, click on that "login" link.  You will be redirected to a new page that looks like this:
    login screen
  4. Type in the username and password you have created and click the "Submit" button.  
  5. Under the "Community" tab of our website, find and click the menu item titled "myLCMC". You should be able to see the myAccount page, which looks something like this:
    mylcmc screen shot

 

From here, you can now post resource items and job postings.

Job Openings:

  1. Click on the "My Staff Openings" tab.  It should be the one in the middle.
  2. You should see a button that says "Create New Staff Opening". Click it.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

 

Resource Items:

  1. Click on the "My Item Listings" tab.  It should be the last of the three tabs.
  2. Find and click the "Create New Item Listing" button.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

 

Please note: Your job posting or resource item listing may not appear on our site immediately.  It must first be reviewed and approved by a member of our staff before it can be published to our site.

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LCMC Launches New Site http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-launches-new-site/a72.html Mon, 29 Aug 11 00:00:00 -0600 Today Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ announces the launch of our new web site, which features several brand new features, as well as improvements to some of our existing ones.

If you're reading this article, you've probably already discovered our blog.  Here you'll be able to find the most up-to-date news and announcements from LCMC and read full articles related to many of our tweets and Facebook posts.  We'll be updating the blog as often as we can, in the hopes of keeping all of our member congregations well-informed about what's going on within the LCMC community.  Upon visiting our blog, you'll also notice that entries are organized by content in the right-hand column of the page, making it quick and easy to find exactly what you're looking for.  
 
In the interest of helping you find information more easily, we've added several other features to the site as well.  If you're looking for a particular person or LCMC Congregation, you can now search through a database (under the directories tab) for exactly what you need to find.  We have also included a new congregational mapping tool to help users quickly locate LCMC congregations they're interested in and find information on them.  Another new feature that we've added is our myLCMC section, which allows site users to create a profile.  Once your myLCMC profile is created, you'll be able to use a lot of the additional features on this site, including the discussion forums and the ability to post open leadership positions on our website.  
 
One thing that you might also notice is that some of the content on our new site is organized differently from the way that it was on the old one.  While it may take a little time to get used to, our hope is that the structure of our new site will make finding specific information a more expedient process.  
 
If you haven't added us on Facebook or Twitter yet,  you might want to consider it.  Not only is it a great way for all of us to connect with one another, it's also an effective way to find out what's going on.
 
You may notice several slight changes to the site over the next couple of weeks.  We'll be making a few slight tweaks and adjustments, but please keep in mind that we're making these improvements to help our website become more user-friendly.  
 
We'll also be adding additional blog posts, updating our social networking sites, and adding a few photo galleries to the site in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!
 

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