2020 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available!

Videos from our 20th Annual Gathering & Convention, which took place October 5 at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden HIlls, MN, are now available for streaming.  To watch from your mobile device, download our mobile app, tap on the "Media" tab, then select "2020 Annual Gathering" from the list of options.  The app is compatible with AirPlay and Google Cast, enabling users to play content on a TV or ... [...]

2020 Annual Gathering Recap - Here's What You Need to Know

A total of 139 people joined together in person at North Heights Lutheran Church on October 5 to celebrate Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's 20th Annual Gathering and Convention. This total included 105 voting delegates, 14 guests, 8 members of the board of trustees, 5 members of the LCMC staff, 5 members of the ministry board, and 2 speakers. The event, which was also live streamed online, featured a discussion on the ... [...]

Trustees Thank Jeff Wold for His Service

From the LCMC Board of Trustees - It is with real regret that I inform the LCMC of the resignation of our treasurer, Jeff Wold.  Jeff Wold served as a trustee and then as treasurer for a total of three years.  Jeff has been a valuable addition to our board and an important voice in this transition process and hiring of the new Service Coordinator for LCMC.  Jeff has been prayerfully considering the demands of the ... [...]

2020 Annual Gathering - Here's How to Watch Live

Our 20th Annual Gathering & Convention is only one week away!  Since we are anticipating more people than ever to be tuning in live, we thought we would fill you in on a few last minute details. Those of you who plan to "attend" the event virtually can access our live stream on Monday, October 5 from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CDT by visiting www.lcmc.net/live.  A digital version of this year's event program, ... [...]

LCMC Conflict Coaches To Be Available

LCMC Conflict Coaches Training has been taking place in August and September.  LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Perry Fruhling, continues to work with potential coaches who are preparing to be available to congregations throughout the association.  The training has consisted of understanding conflict from a systems perspective, learning to identify sources of anxiety in congregational conflict, and developing skills in the ... [...]

Remember the Mission

Remember the mission. Three words that you will hear me say often as I begin my tenure as Service Coordinator for LCMC. There are certain things about who we are, what we do, and what we believe as Christians that must never change. They remain true in every era, country, community, and congregation for all time. The mission God has given us is one of those things. Our Lord Jesus articulates the mission in Matthew 28, telling us to go into ... [...]

Conflict Resolution Workshop Video Available

Congregations who are interested in viewing the LCMC conflict resolution workshop video recorded by LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Perry Fruhling, may email Perry (perry@lcmc.net) for a link to the video along with the workshop workbook.  Congregational councils, small groups, or newly forming conflict resolution teams may have interest in forming a study around the video presentations.  The video was recorded at ... [...]

LCMC Clothing Available

LCMC has clothing items available in various sizes for $10.00 plus shipping: Men's Black Polos Sandstone T-Shirts Navy Blue T-Shirts Black T-Shirts Contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator, at (734) 788-7476 or cathy@lcmc.net for available sizes and to order. [...]

Ordination Pins Available

Although this year's Annual Gathering will be a bit different from usual, ordination anniversaries are still something we would like to recognize. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary of ordination this year and would like to receive a pin to commemorate this special milestone, please contact Cathy Nichol. [...]

Meet Our New Service Coordinator

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that we have finished the search process and have asked Mike Bradley to serve as the next Service Coordinator for LCMC. We are grateful for all the candidates who worked with us through this process and for those who have been praying for the Board during this search process. We feel confident that God led us through this process and are so excited to work with Mike as ... [...]

Getting to Know Firmly Rooted Ministries

Greetings from Firmly Rooted Oxford, MI and Greendale, IN.  What a blessing it is to be able to communicate with our brothers and sisters about the Kingdom work that is going on in our little parts of the world! Last time we gave you an update, it was specifically about the history of our church plant, the ways that we were reaching out to the community, and how God had been starting that work for years before. Dan Clites was so ... [...]

COVID-19 Response

Since the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon our nation, everyone and everything has been affected, including our congregations. People have become quite creative in their response. Even though we were required to avoid meeting in public, the church did not stop being the church. Here is how some of our congregations responded to the lockdown and “sheltering in place”! [...]

Annual Gathering Registration is Now Open

Our 20th Annual Gathering & Convention is going to happen, just not in the same way we have gathered in the past.  We will still be meeting at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, Minnesota, but for one day only, on Monday, October 5th!   Because of the restrictions placed on large group gatherings by the State of Minnesota, we must limit our gathering to 250 people.  Registration is first come first serve, ... [...]

Have You Updated Your Clergy Profile?

We would like to take a moment to thank all of the LCMC pastors who have responded to our request to update their clergy profile on our website. For those who have not yet had a chance to do so, please consider taking a few moments to review your profile, then submit any changes to your contact information or credentials using our online form.  To date, approximately 683 pastors out of 1,288 have responded.  We are still ... [...]

LCMC 3.0 Update

As many of you may know, in December 2019, LCMC staff, boards, and district leaders undertook a significant and intentional time of assessment, reflection, and prayerful discernment about the future of LCMC. The Board of Trustees has worked diligently and faithfully to discern God’s calling for the next chapter in the life of LCMC. We have been calling this new season LCMC 3.0 and it will be led by a new Service Coordinator following ... [...]

2020 Youth Event Canceled

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's Called 2: Love youth event, scheduled for July 21-24, 2020 at Grand View University, has been canceled.  "The deadline for registration was today and as of 11 am CST we had only 77 people signed up and needed 200 to break even," said Mark Vander Tuig, service coordinator of LCMC.  "This is understandable for youth groups and youth leaders with the days ahead to be ... [...]

Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop Canceled

The LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop originally scheduled for July 6-9, 2020 at Grand View University has been canceled.  "There was a sense that people will be reticent to register and no one is sure at this point whether safe distancing will be at an end by July.  We also canceled the LCMC youth event which had been planned for later July," said Perry Fruhling, LCMC's coordinator for pastoral ... [...]

COVID-19 Resources for Congregations - Join the Conversation

In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic that has swept our nation and the world, we have put together a thread on our Facebook Page where LCMC pastors, leaders, and congregation members may share what they are doing in response to COVID-19 and offer any resources that they might have available to other congregations.  As we adapt to this time of social distancing in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, please consider ... [...]

An Important Update Regarding Our 2020 Youth Event

Friends, Thank you for your interest in our planned youth event this coming summer.  Obviously, events of the last few weeks, and the weeks going forward are having an impact on everything!  The last day to register for the youth event is April 1.  If you are planning to register, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to give us the best indication of our numbers at the deadline. We need 175 participants to ... [...]

Intentional Interim Ministry Training Returns for 2020

A change of pastors is a significant and sometimes traumatic event in the life of the church and congregation.  The need has never been greater for trained intentional interim ministers who are called and equipped to assist congregations during times of change and transition.  Intentional interim ministry is not just filling a void during a pastoral vacancy, but focusing on developmental tasks of the congregation and process ... [...]

LCMC Announces Search for New Service Coordinator

In October 2019, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced his decision to retire from his position as the Service Coordinator for LCMC effective August 31, 2020.  The leadership and staff in LCMC have gone through a consultation process that aided the Board of Trustees in developing an opportunity profile for the incoming Service Coordinator.  This document is included at the LCMC website within the open position ... [...]

Mark Your Calendars for Three Days of Prayer 2021

LCMC pastors, members, and congregations from across the nation and around the globe joined together earlier this month to celebrate the association's 8th Annual Three Days of Prayer. 45% of followers who responded to our Facebook poll reported that this was their first time taking part in Three Days of Prayer with LCMC. While everyone was invited to start off the new year by setting aside some intentional time to pray each day from ... [...]

2019 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available for Streaming

Videos from our 19th Annual Gathering and Convention, which took place September 29 - October 2, 2019 in Omaha, NE, are now available for streaming!  To watch from our mobile app using your smartphone or tablet, simply tap on the "Media" tab, then select "2019 Annual Gathering" from the list of options.  The LCMC App is compatible with Apple TV and Chromecast, so you can use it to stream content directly to ... [...]


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