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 ... [...]

Connecting, Equipping and Caring for Leaders

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 ... [...]

Meet Our Newest Staff Member!

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 ... [...]

LCMC Lutheran Men to Reorganize Funding Program

The purpose of LCMC-Lutheran Men is to worship God by helping congregations through the money we collect from the men of our congregations plus grants provided by congregations. After much discussion, our board has decided to reorganize our funding program.  Currently, we have two funds, the Loan Fund and the Gift Fund. The Loan Fund is designed to provide a no interest loan to small/mission congregations that can be used for building ... [...]

Three Days of Prayer Begins Tuesday, January 5!

LCMC’s Three Days of Prayer on January 5-7, 2021 is an opportunity for us to follow the Lord’s example and to come together as one across the association with a shared purpose: to pray. Follow along with us on Facebook or in the app during each of the three days, and please consider sharing your testimony with us by taking our survey. [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

Register Now for Our 2020 Youth Event!

Registration is now open for our next high school youth event, Called 2: Love, which will be held July 21-24, 2020 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.   The event features worship, music, service projects, breakout sessions, and teachings on love, leadership, and what it takes to pursue a role in ministry.   Participants will also have a chance to connect with other high school students and youth leaders in LCMC ... [...]

LCMC Service Coordinator Position Update

At our 19th Annual Gathering and Convention, held in Omaha, NE September 29 – October 2, 2019, our Service Coordinator, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced his retirement effective August 31, 2020. Mark has done this so we, as a Board and as an association, can take this time to evaluate and assess both the state of LCMC and the position of Service Coordinator. [...]

Get Ready for Three Days of Prayer

If you haven't already begun to do so, it's time to start planning for #LCMC3DOP2020. Every congregation, member, and pastor is invited to join together from January 7-9, 2020 to start off the new year with this intentional time of prayer. [...]


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