LCMC Retirement Plan – What Church Councils/Boards Should Know

It is the congregation’s––more importantly, lay leadership’s––responsibility to ensure that their pastors and families are cared for properly. Planning proper compensation and benefits for those who serve the church is an important task. Every church should see that the pastors and staff have adequate salary and retirement benefits established. The LCMC 403B Retirement Plan is a great vehicle for ... [...]

Register Now - 2022 Seminarian Retreat

Seminary students are invited to join us October 1-2, 2022 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN for our next Seminarian Retreat. The retreat is an opportunity for LCMC seminarians to come together to experience fellowship, learn about issues related to vocational ministry in LCMC, become more aware of our association’s DNA, and ask questions. Registration for the retreat is being handled separately from Annual Gathering ... [...]

Retired Pastors and Spouses Retreat

Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be hosting a new retreat for retired pastors and spouses from August 29-31 at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Milford, IA. This event will give you an opportunity to connect with other retired pastors, be inspired, and hear helpful financial information…all at a cost you can’t refuse, even if you no longer have a church paying your way! [...]

LCMC Retirement Plan - Designate a Beneficiary

Naming a beneficiary for your retirement account is an important task and should be completed as soon as you enroll.  It will mean probate, attorneys’ fees, and other costs associated with settling estates are avoided.  If you are married and would like someone other than your spouse as your primary beneficiary, your spouse must sign and witnessed by a notary public.  A trust may be named as a beneficiary.  You ... [...]

Small Churches: A Priority in LCMC 3.0

Small churches have tremendous impacts for the kingdom of God in their local communities and in other countries around the world.  Over five hundred of our member churches in LCMC have one hundred members or less.  These two facts are why serving, encouraging, and equipping the leaders and members of our small churches is one of the priorities in LCMC 3.0. I served two congregations of one hundred members or less in my years of ... [...]

New Retirement Plan App

The LCMC 403(b) Retirement Plan now has a new app for your mobile device that will allow you easy access to your account. To download the app, go to www.oneamerica.com/mobileapp.   Participants can register and log into the app using the same username and password as their account. Call OneAmerica at 1-800-858-3829 with questions.  Let them know you are with LCMC, plan #963003. [...]

Get Ready, Three Days of Prayer Begins January 4

From January 4-6, every congregation is invited to join together in prayer in celebration of the association's 10th Annual Three Days of Prayer. We realize that every congregation in LCMC is different.  Consequently, we invite you to structure this intentional time of prayer in any way that makes sense for your congregation.  In past years, some congregations have organized special events such as prayer vigils, services, ... [...]

LCMC Health Plan Information

LCMC is pleased to announce that the LCMC Health Plan is moving forward effective January 1, 2022. If you have not submitted your health application, we have a one-time extension to December 10, 2021 to be part of our January 1, 2022 start date. If there are any questions please reach out to the Hahn Financial Group at 1-800-516-4246. [...]

2022 National Youth Event - Registration is Open!

Registration is officially open for our next national youth event, a leadership development experience for students and youth leaders designed to help empower the ministry of the local church. Our youth event offers a chance for students and youth leaders to connect with one another, explore God's call on their lives by participating in keynote presentations, breakout sessions, worship, and small groups, and take part in a service ... [...]

Payroll Made Simple with MinistryWorks

Payroll and tax filing services often cost way too much, especially for ministries, like yours, that rely on tithes, offerings, and donations. This was one of the reasons our preferred insurance provider, Brotherhood Mutual, created its own payroll company: MinistryWorks®.   “We serve more than 5,000 ministries, so our team has the expertise to help solve complicated payroll problems, especially for clergy,” said Mark ... [...]

Watch Live - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention

LCMC's 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, a four day event featuring speakers, worship, fellowship, Bible study, vendors, and networking, will kick off this Sunday, October 3.  Registration for the event has closed early due to space limitations caused by construction delays at the venue, however a livestream option will still be available on our website beginning with opening worship on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. ... [...]

Registration for the Annual Gathering is Closed

Due to construction delays, the main sanctuary space at UALC will not be ready for use by the time the Annual Gathering is going to start on Sunday, October 3, 2021. We must move to a much smaller space, hence closing registration for the Annual Gathering this year. All registrations received through Thursday, September 16, 2021, have been confirmed. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk-in registrations. If ... [...]

LCMC Group Health Plan Announcement

LCMC Congregations, Pastors, and Leaders,  The LCMC Board is pleased to announce the start-up of a group health plan for our association, including coverage for pastors and eligible staff members within the congregations! The LCMC Board has explored various plan designs and options available, and to finalize those findings, LCMC has partnered with the Hahn Financial Group, Inc. for implementation. The next step is to gather ... [...]

Now Closed - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2021 Annual Gathering & Convention.  Due to space limitations at the venue, we have closed registration and can no longer accept new registrations for the event.  We look forward to a great event and will be live streaming, so if you are not able to attend in person, you are welcome to participate online.  More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our ... [...]

Save The Date for Our Next National Youth Event

Mark your calendar now for LCMC’s next national youth event, which takes place July 19-22, 2022 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.   The event is open to high school students completing grades 8-12, youth ministry leaders, and adult chaperones, and is designed to serve as a leadership development experience for both students and youth leaders.   Registration for the event will be online only and opens November ... [...]

LCMC to Offer Congregational Conflict Team Training

Has your congregation experienced conflict recently?  Are you prepared for a conflict that might arise during the upcoming months or years?  We invite all LCMC pastors, congregational leaders, and interested congregation members to a new online Zoom “Congregational Conflict Team” training on Saturday, October 9 or Saturday, October 23, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. CDT. We encourage congregations across the ... [...]

Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training Returns for 2022

Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training has returned.  The intentional interim ministers will gather January 17-20, 2022 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ.  This is an incredible campus and the event is designed for both equipping for ministry and rejuvenation from ministry.  We begin Monday night at 6:00 P.M. with dinner, worship, and fellowship. Class begins Tuesday morning at 8:00 A.M. with ... [...]

LCMC to Offer Monthly Zoom Meetings for Youth Leaders

For the past several months, a team of LCMC staff and leaders have been discerning and planning our next national youth event (The Way • The Truth • The Life, July 19-22, 2022 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA). As we’ve discussed plans for the gathering, a shared heart and desire to attend to the care of youth leaders has become a focus. In our meetings, we’ve had conversation about common topics of ... [...]

Safe Place - FREE Webinar

Join us online May 18-19, 2021 for "Safe Place", a FREE webinar hosted by LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley.  In a culture which is often judgmental, condemning, arrogant, angry, and polarizing, becoming a safe place is an essential key for increasing our effective witness in the world. Being a safe place creates an atmosphere to build authentic relationships, struggle without judgment, and ask real questions; a place ... [...]

The Purpose of Districts and Fellowships in LCMC

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 ... [...]

Register Now! - 21st Annual Gathering and Convention

“Speak It, Live It, Share It” is the theme of our 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, which will take place October 3-6, 2021 at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, OH, and registration is officially open!   Keynote speakers Jeremey King, Nathan Hoff, Jenn Alexander, Julie Smith, Andrea Taphorn, and Mike Bradley will take the stage to help us uncover some practical ways in which we can speak, live, and share ... [...]


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