LCMC Blog [Learning/Discussion Topic] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us 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

Is the Holy Spirit Calling You to Be a Pastor? Start Here! Fri, 23 Jan 15 00:00:00 +0000 Is the Holy Spirit poking at you to consider being a pastor? Are you already attending seminary?  Do you know someone who would make a good pastor?

It has always been important for the body of Christ to be connected... connected to Jesus and to one another. One of the most practical ways for LCMC seminarians to connect is to make sure that their name is on our list of seminarians. If you are an LCMC seminarian and would like to be on our list of seminarians, contact me at

If you are not enrolled in seminary but the Holy Spirit and trustworthy Christians are poking at you to consider being a pastor, here are some simple steps for you to follow:

  1. Get on your knees and ask God for guidance and to give you ears to hear.
  2. Check with faithful, veteran Christians in your congregation and talk with your pastor. Ask them honestly if they think you should be a pastor or if they think the kingdom of God would be better served if you live out your vocation as a barber, school teacher, or in another way.
  3. If you’ve gone through the first two steps above and the Holy Spirit and God’s people are still poking at you to be a pastor, and you'd like to talk about going to seminary, please feel free to contact me.


Your Brother in Christ,

Rev. Paul Owens
Seminarian Liaison, LCMC Ministry Board

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


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.


LCMC Hosts Fall Retreat for Seminary Students Wed, 26 Mar 14 00:00:00 +0000 Seminarian Retreat during the weekend before the Annual Gathering

Throughout the weekend, seminarians will have the chance to: 
  • Meet fellow seminarians in LCMC
  • Ask questions about seminary, LCMC, first call, and pastoral family life
  • Gain wisdom and advice from a few pastors who have been there
  • Build relationships with your future colleagues in ministry
  • Relax at the beach or take a trip to Arnold's Park
It will take place October 3-5, 2014 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa. 

The retreat is for seminary students only.  (Sorry, seminaries and teachers, we'll see you in DesMoines on Sunday!)

Registration will be open later this spring. 
For more information, click here.  
2012 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available Online Thu, 31 Jan 13 00:00:00 +0000 The first of the 12th Annual Gathering videos from Denver have been posted online at our website, and can be found on our Video & Presentations page. 
To view additional videos from this and other events, please keep checking back regularly, as new presentation materials are added as they become available. 
Videos from the 2012 Annual Gathering will, in general, be posted in the following order:
  1. State of the Association
  2. Keynote Speakers*
  3. Preachers*
  4. Bible Study Leaders*
  5. Select Breakout Sessions

The editing process is quite time-consuming, however we do hope to get the remaining videos posted to our website as soon as possible.  Thank you again for your continued patience.

* Please Note:  Due to various technical difficulties, the following videos cannot be made available:

  • Rev. Phil Reimers
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal (part one only)
  • Rev. Sean Kelly

Should any of these videos become available to our staff, they will be posted here.