LCMC Blog [Leadership Conference Topic] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us 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].

Get Mobile Updates! Sun, 28 Jan 18 00:00:00 +0000 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 ONLY of announcements that aren’t related to attending a specific event.  Examples:

  • New videos/podcasts
  • Service projects
  • Contests
  • Major 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! 

2017 Leadership Conference Wraps Up Thu, 11 May 17 00:00:00 +0000 Dear Members and Friends of LCMC:

LCMC has never intended to be a denomination or organization.  Rather, from day one, we’ve been a movement of God’s spirit.  A movement focused on working together to fulfill Christ’s great commission to go and make disciples of all nations.   That’s never been easy, but it’s been on the front burner of our energy and passion since we began as an association seventeen years ago.

So the Ministry Board of LCMC gladly embraced the theme of discipleship when planning the last three annual Leadership Conferences.

Three years ago we gathered under the theme iFollow:  Life Together in the Way of Jesus, and heard incredible insights and challenges from Reggie McNeal, author of Get Off Your Donkey and other best-selling books on discipleship.  Reggie was joined by several of our own LCMC pastor-practitioners who added their real-world perspective.

Last year, recognizing the incredibly challenging and changing environment in which we’re making disciples, we focused on Shift: Re-tooling Church for the 21st Century.

This year 185 people gathered in Omaha as we rounded out a three-year cycle on discipleship with the theme Discipling by Design and a concentration on four areas of ministry in which every church is already engaged:  worship, community, mission and leadership.  The intent was to assist those present in making these things more intentionally disciple-making.  Presenters were all LCMC pastors and lay team-mates who shared real-life challenges and real-life ideas about being more effective disciple-makers. 

This year’s conference evaluations reflected deep appreciation for the emphasis on prayer, which was offered throughout the conference, solid and stimulating content, provocative ideas, and great connections and mutual support.  They also loved the break-out processing time that followed each presentation, andmany left with specific action steps to operationalize better disciple-making!

The Ministry Board thanks all who worked so tirelessly on this conference:  our planning and prayer teams, speakers, worship leaders, logistics masters and hosts at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha: thank you for your faithful partnership in the Gospel and in making disciples of Jesus Christ!

Though we love being together for this conference, the Ministry Board and Board of Trustees have decided to offer our Leadership Conference on an every-other-year basis.  Stay tuned for details for our next conference tentatively scheduled for February, 2019.

On behalf of the LCMC Ministry Board,

Yours in Christ,


Steve Lien

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry

Register Now: 2017 Leadership Conference Tue, 08 Nov 16 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now open for our 2017 Leadership Conference

Themed Discipling by Design, our 2017 Leadership Conference focuses on how we can become more and more disciple-making in our worship, community, mission, and leadership development.  

Participants will enjoy keynote speakers, worship, and interactive discussion groups after each presentation.  

Advance registration for this year's conference is $89 per person for all pastors, church leaders and church members and includes all programming, refreshments on Sunday, and lunches on Monday and Tuesday.  Early bird registrations must be received by April 29, 2017, and may be submitted online, by mail, or through our mobile app.  

The event takes place April 30 - May 2, 2017 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Elknorn, Nebraska.  

For more information, click here.  

Leadership Conference Videos Now Available for Streaming Tue, 26 Apr 16 00:00:00 +0000 Earlier this month we hosted our 2016 Leadership Conference, which focused on three shifts congregations can make in order to better reach out and make a difference in today's plugged in and over-booked world.  A total of 243 people attended the event, which was held from April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. 

Videos of this year's keynote presentations are now available at our website for streaming.  To check out our video blog, click here

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Leadership Conference, which will take place April 30 - May 2 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, NE.

2016 Event Registration Deadlines Thu, 28 Jan 16 00:00:00 +0000 If you're headed to one of our spring or summer events, don't forget to register.  These deadlines will he here before you know it!

2016 Youth Event

The registration deadline for Called 2 Serve is Tuesday, March 1.  The event is open to students completing grades 8-12 and takes place July 19-22, 2016 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  Chaperones are required. 

2016 Leadership Conference

The early bird deadline for our 2016 Leadership Conference is fast approaching!  Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will save $30 per person on the cost of registration.  Seminarians who register in advance will also receive discounted admission. 

The event, themed Shift: Retooling Church, takes place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA and features keynote speakers, worship, and a chance to connect with fellow LCMC-ers through interactive discussion groups. 


Registration Now Open for 2016 Leadership Conference Wed, 25 Nov 15 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now open for Shift: Retooling Church, our 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  

Through the use of keynote speakers, skits and small group discussions, this year's conference will bring to light three major shifts that the Holy Spirit is inviting us to make in order to be retooled for His mission to a plugged-in and over-booked world:

  • From congregational-focused to kingdom-focused
  • From pastor-dependant to pastor-equipped
  • From consumer-making to disciple-making

Speakers for the event include Rev. Jo Saxton, Rev. Dan Clites, Rev. Steve Turnbull, Mrs. Laurel Swanson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Nathan Anenson and Rev. Per Nilson. 

Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will receive a discounted registration rate!   Register Now! >>


Our DNA: Sunday and Monday Recap Mon, 05 Oct 15 00:00:00 +0000 This week, 744 people from the U.S. and abroad traveled to Frisco, TX for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 15th Annual Gathering.  The theme this year was “Our DNA”.  

The event kicked off on Sunday night with dinner and an opening worship service featuring Pr. Becky Hand from Life in Grace Lutheran Church of Odessa, TX and the worship team from Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Giddings, TX.  

Dessert and a reunion for all church planters within the association followed the service.  

Monday morning opened with worship led by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Victoria, TX and Bible study with Rev. Steven E. King, Managing Editor of Sola Publishing.

Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder, Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM took the stage as our first keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion featuring LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Bill Sullivan (Lead Pastor of New Life Lutheran Church and former Service Coordinator of LCMC) and LCMC Director of Operations Sharon MacFadyen.  

During the afternoon session, LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien announced the association's 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  The theme for next year’s conference is Shift: Retooling Church.  He extended a special invitation to young pastors and church leaders for the event.

Steve then invited district leaders, certification interviewers, new congregations, new pastors seminarians and military chaplains to stand and be recognized.  Pastors who are currently celebrating ordination anniversaries of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ years were also recognized.  

During the Service Coordinator’s report, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced two events for 2016, Called 2 Serve and Three Days of Prayer.  

Called 2 Serve is an LCMC youth event for high school students, which will take place at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA from July 19-22, 2016.  Registration for this event will open soon.  

Mark also stated that every congregation, church member and pastor is invited to take part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Each congregation can organize the three days in any way that makes sense.  The focuses of each day are:

  • January 5:  Confession
  • January 6:  Petition
  • January 7:  Direction

During the opening business session, Pastors Sean Kelly (Area 1) and Enrique Estrada (Area 7) were re-elected to the Board of Trustees.  Laurel Swanson was re-elected as Treasurer.  

The afternoon concluded with a fellowship dinner, giving LCMC-ers a chance to connect with a fellowship group or district of their choice. 

Leadership Conference Podcasts Now Available Fri, 08 May 15 00:00:00 +0000 Podcasts from our 2015 Leadership Conference are now available at our website. 

Head to Events  >  Media & Downloads  >  Video & Presentations (or click here) to find presentations from each of our keynote speakers, including: Rev. TJ Anderson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Steve Turnbull and Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal. 

Last Call for Fellowship Activity Sign-Up! Thu, 23 Apr 15 00:00:00 +0000 Our 2015 Leadership Conference is just one week away, however there is still an opportunity for those who plan on attending the conference to sign up for one of the Guided Fellowship Activities on Tuesday, May 5th!  These activities require tickets and/or a headcount, so advance registration is required. 

Guided Fellowship Activities at the Leadership Conference include:

  • Columbus Clippers Baseball Game:  Enjoy an evening of Columbus Clippers Minor League Baseball at Huntington Park, conveniently located in downtown Columbus.  Watch the AAA Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians take on the Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights in a recently built and award-winning Minor League ballpark.   Be on the lookout for foul balls and a special scoreboard shout out to the LCMC attendees.  Adults $10; Youth (12 & under) and Seniors  (60+) $7.  Location:  330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 462-5250.  Approximately 9 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • North Market Tour/Dinner:  Embark on an Amazing Tastes Tour of downtown Columbus’ largest public food market.  During the one hour tour you will meet some of the North Market merchants first-hand, sample some fabulous local foods and then enjoy a $5 voucher to purchase a delicious dinner.  Relish your meal in the balcony eating area while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of an international array of foods.  $15 per person, 4:30pm.  Location:  59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-463-9664.  Approximately 10 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • SON Ministries:  Observe one of the most comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs in the country.  Learn how the Church at Mill Run hosts a program to support ESOL families with children from infancy to teens by providing both professionally-taught English classes as well as infant, preschool and school-aged reading, tutoring and extra-curricular programs for the children of the attendees.  Tour and view the different aspects of the ESOL program, and then enjoy time talking with the staff to exchange ideas.  Location:  The Church at Mill Run, 6:30pm.

If you are interested in the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game, North Market Tour/Dinner or SON Ministries, we must have your paid, advance registration NO LATER than Friday, April 24th.

Contact Cathy Nichol at (734) 788-7476 for reservations.

Self-Guided Fellowship Activities, which do not require advance registration, will also be offered.  To learn more, click here

Leadership Conference Update: Fellowship Activity Sign-Up Wed, 11 Feb 15 00:00:00 +0000 Our 2015 Leadership Conference will be here before you know it, and the deadline to sign up for some of our planned Fellowship Activities is fast approaching! 

As tickets for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game and North Market Tour/Dinner must be purchased in advance, all Leadership Conference attendees who would like to take part in either fellowship activity should register for the conference by Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The conference, themed iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, takes place at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, near Columbus OH, from May 3-6, 2015 and features four keynote speakers, live music, learning labs, and more. 

To learn more, click here

Don't Miss Out on LCMC's 2015 Leadership Conference! Mon, 26 Jan 15 00:00:00 +0000 It’s been two years since LCMC held a national Leadership Conference, and May 3rd will be here before you know it.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be together and learn how better to serve Christ and His church!

iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus will be held at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, near Columbus, Ohio, May 3-6, 2015. 

The Ministry Board of LCMC has been hard at work preparing this event, eager to gather leaders from across our association for dynamic worship, study, conversation, fellowship and even a little rest and relaxation in beautiful Columbus, Ohio!  It’s all about life-on-life discipleship, helping us learn to make a trip to the grocery store a mission trip. 

Keynote speakers include Reggie McNeal, Steve Turnbull, and Jeremey King.  They’ll be joined by worship leader Jen Alexander who will help shape this once a year learning opportunity. 

Hotel space is filling up, and your mother always said “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!”  So, click here to register

See you in Ohio!

Registration is Now Open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 +0000 Online registration is now open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, our 2015 Leadership Conference. 

The conference will take place May 3-6, 2015 at the Mill Run campus of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and aims to focus on overcoming the challenges of following Jesus in our 21st Century world of selfies, Tweets and Facebook. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Rev. TJ Anderson - Senior Pastor of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH
  • Rev. Steve Turnbull - LCMC Ministry Board; Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN
  • Rev. Jeremey King - LCMC Ministry Board; Founding Pastor of Radiant Church in Huntington Beach, CA
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal - Author; Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network

The event will also feature live music by Jenn Alexander, Worship Leader at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, six exciting Fellowship Activities to choose from, and an optional Workshop and Luncheon with Rev. Reggie McNeal. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in specialized Learning Labs, or facilitated discussion groups for pastors and church leaders of similar sized and geographically-located congregations. 

To learn more about the Leadership Conference, and to register, click on the links below. 

Learn More  |  Register Now!  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Hotels

Getting Connected! Tue, 29 Apr 14 00:00:00 +0000
Three years ago, I invited the leaders of all the districts at that time to come together for a day to consider how we might be more effective in encouraging each in fellowship and support, as well as accountability.  We are still at those goals, and so once again, three years later, we have invited leaders of every district to get together to gauge our progress and to continue to learn how we can improve.  

Our district leaders will be meeting on July 15th and 16th at Hosanna Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois.  

For more information, contact Mark Vander Tuig at]]>
LCMC Announces Leadership Training Events for Spring 2014 Wed, 29 Jan 14 00:00:00 +0000
Pastor Steward will be joined by nationally known consultants and well-loved pastors Dr. Hal Seed (Dynamic Church Planting International), Pastor Paul Cross (Seguin, Texas), and worship leader, composer and presenter, Steve Young.

A complete schedule, details about speakers, area hotels, restaurants, beaches and on-line registration are available by clicking here.

Do your part to network with fellow pastors: invite a colleague to join you! See you there!

Calling all Certification Interviewers:

If you’re one of the heroes in the parish who volunteer to conduct certification interviews, or if you’re interested in joining those valuable ranks, plan now to join us on Saturday morning, May 17, 2014, following The “GO” Conference to discuss this important aspect of our Certification process.  We’ll network with one another, offer feedback on the process, and offer some further training and insights.  Stay tuned for further details.]]>
2013 Leadership Conference: What Did You Think? Mon, 15 Apr 13 00:00:00 +0000 We hope that each and every one of you who attended our 2013 Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA or Birmingham, AL had a fantastic experience, and the Board and Staff members of LCMC are interested in hearing your thoughts.
Please consider sharing your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on this year's conference via our Online Evaluation Form by next Friday, April 26th.  
Thank you for your participation.  Your feedback will help us in the planning of future LCMC events.
Leadership Conference Registration Now Open Tue, 18 Dec 12 00:00:00 +0000
Online registration is now active for our 2013 Leadership Conferences in San Diego, CA and Birmingham, AL, and printed brochures should be arriving via snail mail shortly. 
This event, hosted annually by the LCMC Ministry Board, is designed to inform, educate and inspire pastors and church leaders to move forward as God's servants. 

For the first time in the history of the association, LCMC is offering two different opportunities to attend our 2013 Leadership Conference, "Navigating Mission in a World of Change".  The first conference will be held February 10-12, 2013 at Peñasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA.  The second will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Birmingham, AL from April 14-16.
The cost of attending either conference is $70 per person.  
For additional information, click here
2013 Leadership Conference Offers More Opportunities to Attend Thu, 29 Nov 12 00:00:00 +0000

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
--Joshua 3:5

"Navigating Mission in a World of Change" is the theme set for this year's annual LCMC Leadership Conference, and for the first time ever, pastors and church leaders have the ability to navigate their way to a 2013 conference in one of TWO different locations.
Peñasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA will host the first of the two conferences, which takes place from February 10-12, 2013.  The second conference will be held April 14-16, 2012 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Birmingham, AL.
The event features presentations by keynote speakers Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries and Dr. Darrell Puls of Peacebridge Ministries, Rev. Sean Kelly of the LCMC Board of Trustees, and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC, as well as a discussion on healthy mission with the LCMC Ministry Board.
Be sure to check your snail mail boxes throughout the month of December for registration materials.  Online registration and complete details will be available at our website in the near future.
Click here for more information.