Annual Gathering Update - Early Bird Registration Deadline

One of the joys for me as LCMC Service Coordinator is to see all of you coming together at our Annual Gathering each year. It blesses my heart to see you connecting and enjoying one another’s company, and to hear you encouraging and praying for one another. With that said, I do want to mention that space will be limited this year to fit our facility, so the earlier you get your registrations in, t [...]

2024 Annual Gathering and Convention - Engaging Your Saving Moment Through the LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan

Going to the LCMC Annual Gathering this fall? If so, stop over and see us at our booth. There will be a prize wheel and treats. We will have answers to all of your questions regarding retirement, saving and investments, housing allowance distributions during retirement, and how to enroll in the plan.     Also, be sure to check out and sign up for the "Saving Through the LCMC Retirement Plan" breakout ... [...]

Greenford Lutheran Church Installs Joshua T. Ruiter

Reverend Joshua T. Ruiter was installed as pastor at Greenford Lutheran Church, Greenford, Ohio, on April 14, 2024. Rev. Ruiter is a graduate of Liberty University with an M.A. in Religion. He previously served as an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of North America and as a missionary to Jamaica. He will continue studies to be considered for the LCMC certified roster. Rev. Dr. William G. Beck, STS, preached and officiated. Rev. ... [...]

LCMC 403(b) Retirement Account Tips for Online Account Access and Beneficiary Designation

If you have an LCMC retirement account and have never accessed your account, you need to first register your account, which means setting up a user ID and password. (See: LCMC Quick Registration Instructions) If it has been over 3 months since your account was set up, your account access may need to be re-activated in order for you to register. Call the Participant Service Center at (800) 858-3829.  Here are some tips that may help ... [...]

Home Maintenance - The Joy of Sharing the Load

During my time as service coordinator, I have had numerous congregations who have been longtime members, as well as others who have recently joined LCMC, tell me that they “feel like they’ve come home.” We all know that moving into a house requires ongoing upkeep and maintenance, and this is also true for LCMC, which almost 1,000 congregations now call home. [...]

Successful Succession - Providing for Tomorrow’s Saints Today (Part 2)

Previously, Rev. Wendy Poch, pastor of Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Parker, Colorado, began a series on successful pastoral succession using the example of the succession experience at Spirit of Hope (SOH). In this article, as the founding and predecessor pastor of the congregation, I will share with you my perspective about the process. In 2019, God began working in the congregation to prepare it for a future leadership change. None ... [...]

Register Now - 24th Annual Gathering & Convention

Registration is now open for our 24th Annual Gathering & Convention! The event, themed “Engaging Your Cultural Moment”, takes place September 29 - October 2 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church* in Marion IA. Together, we will explore how the cultural moments happening all around us can be seen not as something negative, but as potential opportunities for carrying out the Great Commission. [...]

Confessions of a Church Planter

A couple of months ago, I received a letter from LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley requesting financial support. I confess, I did not receive it well. I lead a very small church plant and funding is an enormous challenge. I initially thought, “He doesn’t even know me… I should be writing HIM a letter, asking HIM for support!” I believe these thoughts may be common due to the autonomous nature of our ... [...]

LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan

Did you know that LCMC sponsors a retirement plan for pastors and staff? The plan includes housing allowance benefits in retirement for pastors! There are no fees for the church to adopt the plan and it is easy to set up.  You can find all the information about the plan at  Here's how it works: The congregation adopts the plan by completing the Participation Agreement and Matrix ACH ... [...]

Hurry...the LCMC Youth Gathering Registration Deadline is April 1

If you're planning on joining us for our upcoming summer youth event, next Monday, April 1 is the last day to sign up!  The LCMC Youth Gathering is designed to be a leadership development experience for both students and student leaders. Everything at this youth event is designed to empower youth ministry in the local church and to encourage students to consider the vocation of ministry in the future. The event takes place July ... [...]

Pastors Directory Changes

To better assist congregations, call committees, and others, the LCMC Ministry Board initiated changes to the pastoral list categories that will be reflected on the LCMC website in May 2024. Current categories are not well defined and allowed pastors to be in more than one category. This unclarity was difficult to explain and created unrealistic expectations, especially among call committees. The updated categories will better reflect a ... [...]

The Power of Relationships

In February, I was invited to join the Texas District for their annual Winter Retreat. What I witnessed, and was welcomed into, was an atmosphere of relationship. As the participants gathered, old friends and longtime colleagues reunited, picking up where they left off the last time they gathered. I witnessed new people being welcomed in. New relationships were formed. This relational atmosphere created space for people to pray for one ... [...]

Wills Do Not Cover Retirement Plan Accounts – You Must Designate a Beneficiary!

33% of LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan participants have NOT designated their beneficiary.  Naming a beneficiary for your retirement account is an important task and should be completed as soon as you enroll. It will mean that probate, attorneys’ fees, and other costs associated with settling estates will be avoided. If you are married and would like someone other than your spouse as your primary beneficiary, your spouse ... [...]

Successful Succession - Providing for Tomorrow’s Saints Today

The long-anticipated pastoral shortage has arrived, though it’s only just beginning. Things are about to get exponentially more challenging, both for congregations and the pastors called to serve them. But fear not! There are many healthy things that congregations can do as they move into this new reality. One of the best is to plan for pastoral succession. The Bible is filled with examples of ministry succession: Moses to Joshua, ... [...]

LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan

Are you prepared for retirement?  Will you have enough to live on during retirement? In 2024 you may contribute up to $23,000 via payroll reduction! Your church may contribute to your account as well. Your contributions plus the church’s contributions cannot exceed $69,000. This is the IRS limit for 2024. If you haven’t started saving early, you still have time to increase your retirement savings.  Those over age ... [...]

Growth and Continuing Education

With a new budget year and the turning of the calendar often comes planning for new goals and new learning. LCMC is fortunate to have great educational partners, district and association resources that support pastors and lay leaders. How are you going to grow in ministry this year? How are you supporting your staff, ministry volunteers, and councils grow? [...]

Sharing Our God Stories - Billy Bob Fred Joe and Stan

Billy Bob Fred Joe Choctaw Pitzer (real name) and Stan Kellner. There is no reason you should know these names. But I do because through them God forever changed the trajectory of my life. Billy Bob Fred Joe Choctaw Pitzer and Stan Kellner. One was a tall and lanky lad from West Virginia. The other was a short and squat Jewish young man from Boston, MA who had been drawn to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They were two ordinary ... [...]

Vision Planning for Districts

At times, the talk about the role of districts and fellowships in the ongoing work of LCMC can seem a bit overwhelming. Congregations finding creative and appropriate ways, and enough time, to work together to address shared needs and concerns is a new way of thinking for many of us. Districts and fellowships are two of the vehicles congregations can use to start to find ways for cooperation and mutual support. But sometimes, when ... [...]

Register Now - 2024 National Youth Gathering

Life can be extremely overwhelming thanks to the seemingly endless list of things we’re expected to pursue. Between the pressure to do well in academics and extracurriculars, to attempting to have a social life, to politics, influencers, and simply trying to figure out who we even are as people, there are so many different things competing for our attention every day. It almost feels like the more effort we put in to keeping up with ... [...]

Upcoming List Changes

In the first part of 2024, the staff and Ministry Board will be working on a project to update the way our pastoral calls are categorized on the website. In preparation, we are asking all pastors to confirm their current status and update their pastoral profile. Here's How: Go to Directories > Pastors > All, or click here, to access the list of pastors.  Use the search bar at the top of the list to type in your ... [...]

Three Days of Prayer - Let Us Pray

As your service coordinator, two thoughts have caught my attention lately. The first is a thought from Martin Luther. I’ve been reading his book, A Simple Way to Pray, and in it he writes: “We must see to it that we do not lose the habit of prayer and deceive ourselves into thinking that other kinds of things are more important, when they are not.” The second thought is from Dr. Ed Stetzer as he spoke at our Annual ... [...]

23rd Annual Gathering & Convention Recap - Here's What You Need to Know

How can we, as an association of congregations,  all work together to help fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations? 617 people from across the association joined together at the Saint Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri from October 1-4 for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 23rd Annual Gathering & Convention to figure out just that.   The event, ... [...]

23rd Annual Gathering & Convention Livestream - Here's How to Watch Online

Our 23rd Annual Gathering & Convention kicks off TODAY at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO and runs through October 4.  We will be livestreaming the main session of the event from our website each day.  To tune in, go to  A copy of the event schedule can be found here and here.  Please keep in mind that all times are listed in local time for St. Louis, MO and plan ... [...]

Ministering to the Ministers

So, you've heard about LeaderCare. You’re not sure what it is or if it is right for you yet. You may be wondering, “Why should I attend a LeaderCare event?” I’ve invited LCMC pastors to tell you in their words: “Dear Leader: As ministers of the Gospel we are blessed to be called to a life of emptying ourselves in order to spread the love of Jesus Christ. I would not trade it for the world, but as you ... [...]

Zoom Workshop - Tips for Healthy Relationships and Conversations

When a new pastor comes to a congregation, there is a honeymoon period that can last as long as two years, or as little as two weeks!  Those first months of a new call are critical to both the pastor and congregation building trust and healthy habits. New Call Workshop: Tips for Healthy Relationships and Conversations is being offered via Zoom on November 7, 2023 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Central Time.   The new call ... [...]

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