LCMC Blog [Relationships Topic] http://lcmc.net/blog/feed?topic=53 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us T. H. I. N. K. http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/t-h-i-n-k/a755.html Fri, 17 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 Dear Members and Friends of LCMC:

Social media platforms can provide instant communication to large numbers of people and the capacity for messages to go “viral”, connecting with millions within a short period of time.  This is both an amazing opportunity for the gospel to spread and a deep responsibility, especially for Christ-followers who are called to be positive and winsome witnesses to our Lord. 

The members of the Ministry Board of LCMC often find ourselves discussing the challenges faced by pastors and congregations and the occasional conflict that arises.  In many of these situations, people take to social media to share or ventilate their feelings.  In a recent meeting we decided to share some of our thinking with the hope it may help each of us THINK more carefully about our use of social media.

When we talk with others, either privately or publicly, our expectation is that the people of faith will be above reproach in their communications in all forms.  In each of our online interactions we would do well to be mindful of James 1:19:

      be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry. 

All public or private confrontation should be guided by James 3, Matthew 18, along with Luther’s explanation of the 8th commandment to not bear false witness.

A helpful acronym for discerning appropriateness of our online interactions is T.H.I.N.K.:

      Is it True? 

      Is it Helpful? 

      Is it Inspiring?

      Is it Necessary?

      Is it Kind?

Below we’ve also provided some helpful and thoughtful links to online articles written especially for Pastors.

Yours in Christ,

 

The Ministry Board of LCMC 

Jeremey King, Ebassa Berhanu, Steve Lien, Linda Krei, Sandy Miller, Nathan Hanson, Steve Turnbull, Paul Owens

 

Resources:

https://catalystconference.com/read/5-warnings-for-pastors-on-social-media/ 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/november/five-mistakes-pastors-make-on-social-media.html 

http://thomrainer.com/2016/03/ten-commandments-for-pastors-politics-and-social-media/ 

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LCMC Forms Prayer Ministry Team http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-forms-prayer-ministry-team/a636.html Mon, 26 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0700 A prayer ministry team has been formed and is active! 

At our last Annual Gathering, I made an invitation to sign up for a prayer ministry team, and we now have over 50 people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations. 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of this team and she is looking for others who may also be interested joining.

Each Monday, Cheryl contacts five congregations from our list that are selected at random by a computer program.  She then sends those out to the prayer team and contacts the congregation to let them know and invite any specific prayer concerns.  If there are specific things about which to pray, those are communicated to the team.  At the end of the week, she follows up with the five congregations and the whole process starts again the next week.

Any other prayer concerns from congregations may also be submitted to Cheryl at any time.

If you would like to be a part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, please contact Cheryl or click here to sign up online and she will get you on the list!

“We need to become more and more a people of prayer!”

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Three Days of Prayer Begins January 6th! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/three-days-of-prayer-begins-january-6th/a608.html Tue, 28 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 This January, join with us for our Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.  This is an opportunity for us to join together across our association to come before God Almighty and bring our concerns, our ministries, our people and our future to the throne of grace and to the foot of the cross. 

Day One, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  We have been caught up in big arguments about small things when there are those we love who do not know Jesus, and not connected to His church. 

Day Two, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 is a day of petition.  There are so many things, people and issues to pray for and about, this day is committed to bringing our petitions to God.  We know that He hears our prayers and is at work in ways that we can see, and ways that we will never know.

Day Three, Thursday, January 8, 2015 is a day of seeking God’s vision for your church, and for our association.  The church belongs to Jesus and we simply ask the Lord of the church to lead, guide and direct our mission and ministry.

Prayer is the most effective tool in our toolbox and the most powerful weapon in the arsenal.  The church of Jesus Christ will not rise up until we first get to our knees.

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Annual Gathering Offers Fellowship Meet-Ups for Up-And-Coming Leaders http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-offers-fellowship-meet-ups-for-up-and-coming-leaders/a568.html Mon, 09 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0600 Building working relationships with friends and fellow colleagues in ministry is important.  That's why at this year's Annual Gathering, which is set to take place from October 5-8, 2014 in Des Moines, IA, we will be setting aside time for new or up-and-coming leaders in LCMC to do just that.  

 

In addition to our annual District Dinner Night, an opportunity for members of the various geographic and non-geographic districts of LCMC to come together for dinner, we will be hosting the following fellowship meet-ups:

  • Seminarians:  Join other seminary students for a dessert fellowship on Sunday evening after Opening Worship.  (See Also: Seminarian Retreat)
  • Young Adults:  Get to know other young adults in LCMC during a breakout session titled "20-30 Somethings" on Monday afternoon.  (See Also: LCMC: The Next Generation)
  • Church Planters:  Pr. Dan Clites will host a fellowship meet-up for church planters on Monday evening.  (See Also: New Ministry Workshop)

To learn more, click here.  

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LCMC Hosts Fall Retreat for Seminary Students http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-hosts-fall-retreat-for-seminary-students/a524.html Wed, 26 Mar 14 00:00:00 -0600 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.  
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