LCMC Blog [Districts & Fellowships Topic] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us District & Fellowship Coordinators Meeting Recap Tue, 27 Jul 21 00:00:00 +0000 In June, leaders from ten existing and potential districts and fellowships, along with LCMC staff, had their annual meeting at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL.

The gathering was an excellent opportunity for the staff to learn more about the priorities and concerns of leaders, for the various districts and fellowships to share their stories, and for those considering forming (or re-forming) a district or fellowship to get some questions answered. It was also an opportunity to talk together about the crucial role districts and fellowships will play in LCMC 3.0.
About half of the churches in LCMC have reported participating in a district or fellowship. This participation is a way of connecting, equipping, and caring for congregations in a more direct and localized way.

While district and fellowship participation is voluntary, we hope to see more congregations take advantage of the opportunities available to them through districts and fellowships. The sharing of ideas and resources, the mutual support, the events and activities aim at enhancing the capacities of congregations to carry out their mission.
In the months ahead, the leaders of districts and fellowships will meet online regularly to think together about how districts and fellowships can be of greater service to the association.

If you are in an area without a geographic district or fellowship and would like to form one, or if you have and affinity group that would like to form as a non-geographic district or fellowship, contact Julie at for more information.

The Purpose of Districts and Fellowships in LCMC Mon, 26 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 It’s great to be aboard the LCMC national staff as Coordinator for Districts and Fellowships.

While this is a brand new position, LCMC’s commitment to districts and fellowships goes back to our earliest days. Our founding documents highlight local, grassroots partnerships as crucial for congregational support in carrying out their missions.

Districts can be places for shared mission endeavors, collegiality and accountability, educational and service opportunities, church planting, and countless other aspects of congregational ministry that are more readily done with coordination and cooperation among local churches.

I look forward to getting to know the existing districts and fellowships in LCMC, learning more about the successes and challenges they have experienced, the goals they have for their shared work, and being a resource in whatever ways I am able.

There is also interest in forming new districts and fellowships and revitalizing others. Faithful attention and commitment to the kinds of work and witness that are more effectively done in partnerships will strengthen our entire association.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our association in this way.

Connecting, Equipping and Caring for Leaders Mon, 29 Mar 21 00:00:00 +0000 Connecting, equipping, and caring for leaders.  This has been a passion of mine throughout my forty-two years of vocational ministry as a youth minister, associate pastor, lead pastor, seminary president, and now as Service Coordinator for LCMC.

With that in mind, I am looking forward with much anticipation to attending and helping lead the annual meeting for LCMC District and Fellowship Group leaders, along with our newest staff member, Julie Smith. We’ll be meeting on June 15-16, 2021 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL.

This gathering will be a time for building relationships that are authentic and safe, and exploring how we can serve existing districts and fellowship groups while also creating new ones so that we can be connecting, equipping, and caring for you as leaders, and for your congregations.

Along with this, I am looking forward to finding venues and opportunities to meet with LCMC leaders and congregations who are not part of a district or fellowship group.  I’d love to find ways to bring that same heart for connecting, equipping, and caring to bear upon my own relationship with you, and learning how we as a national staff can serve you in your call to the mission of the gospel.

Connecting, equipping, and caring for leaders in LCMC because we love you, value you, and are thankful to God for you!

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Meet Our Newest Staff Member! Wed, 24 Feb 21 00:00:00 +0000 As LCMC’s Service Coordinator, I am delighted to announce a new addition to our national staff. I have asked Pastor Julie Smith to join our team as the Coordinator for Districts and Fellowship Groups. Adding this position to our team will enable us to be more effective in connecting, equipping, and caring for all congregations and leaders throughout the association.

We believe that developing a healthy and robust district and fellowship group structure will help LCMC congregations deepen their ties to one another for the sake of strengthening their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It will also increase our effectiveness in implementing a strategic-operational plan that is being designed to more effectively serve and support all the congregations and leaders in our association.

Julie Smith is a life-long Lutheran and became a pastor in 1998. She has served congregations in Clarkfield, Bock, and Springfield (all in Minnesota). In addition, she served for several years as a Bible camp director. She is also a co-founder of St. Paul Lutheran Seminary.

Julie's main hobby is running around to whatever activities her seven nieces and nephews are involved in. She is a sports fan, and while high school football is a favorite, NBA games featuring any former Minnesota Timberwolves are a close second. Like all Minnesotans, Julie believes as many summer days as possible should be spent at the lake, with the Twins on the radio. Please don't ask her about the Vikings. 

Julie is a graduate of Luther Seminary and loves any opportunity to teach, whether that's leading silly Bible skits with first graders or giving seminary students some pointers in preaching. She has previously served on the LCMC Board of Trustees and has worked with the Augustana and Epiphany Districts of LCMC.

Julie's last Sunday in her congregation in Springfield, MN will be on Easter Sunday and she will begin work with us on the LCMC staff shortly thereafter.

As Service Coordinator, I am very excited about what Julie is going to add to our team in terms of her skills and experience, and who she is as a person. I’m looking forward to having her join our staff.

Welcome aboard, Julie!