Everything You Need to Know for Three Days of Prayer

Our Sixth Annual Three Days of Prayer kicks off Tuesday, January 2!  The themes for each day are as follows: Tuesday, January 2: This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our relationships, and even the church in our own image. We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us. We gather to lay down our pride, our sin and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which ... [...]

17th Annual Gathering Videos Now Available

Videos of the speakers from our 17th Annual Gathering are now available for streaming online as well as in our mobile app!  Available videos include keynote panels, Bible study, the opening and closing worship services, the Service Coordinator's report, and a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and his wife, Katy.  Mobile App: The LCMC Mobile App allows users to stream video content from a mobile device.  It is also ... [...]

Sixth Annual Three Days of Prayer Kicks Off January 2

If your congregation hasn't already begun to do so, it's time to start planning for our 6th Annual Three Days of Prayer, which will take place January 2-4, 2018.  The theme for each of the three days is as follows: Day One: A day focused on confession  Day Two: A day of petition  Day Three: A day for vision In anticipation of the event, we're polling readers to find out how congregations plan ... [...]

Called 2 Follow Registration Opens December 1st

Our Called 2: Follow youth event is coming to Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa from July 17-20, 2018! Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." Our youth event next summer will focus on these words of Jesus that call us out of ... [...]

Introducing LCMC's New Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, Pastor Perry Fruhling

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have a Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry!  Pastor Perry Fruhling has accepted the position and begins January 15, 2018.  Perry has served congregations in Texas (Zion Lutheran in Fredericksburg) and in Iowa (Bethany Lutheran, Thompson; Immanuel Lutheran in Independence; and St. Mark’s Lutheran, Marion).   Perry has additional training and interest in ... [...]

Sale and Free Shipping on LCMC Logo Items Now Through December 15th

From now through December 15th, we're offering discounted items in the LCMC Store, plus free shipping!    Sale items include t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, bags, decor items and more!   We've also added water bottles, mounted aluminum prints, mounted acrylic prints, and more mug options to our shop.   You can find a link to our online store under "Resources" on our website, ... [...]

A Word from Mark...

Our 17th Annual Gathering and Convention was held in Minneapolis, MN on October 8-11, just a few weeks ago.  We had just over 900 people in attendance, representing 412 of the 750 congregations of LCMC.  This year for the first time we sat around tables so that participants could discuss the information presented and it was genuinely appreciated.  To recognize the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s ... [...]

Luther and Katy Presentation Well Received

During the 2017 Annual Gathering, Johan and Sonja Hinderlie shared a skit depicting on Martin Luther and his wife Katy in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This was well received and we have had many requests for more information.  Johan has graciously provided a video on the 95 Thesis that we have linked here.  It is available for download so you will be able to share it with you congregation as you ... [...]

Over 900 Attend LCMC 17th Annual Gathering

A total of 903 people attended our 17th Annual Gathering. Videos of the speakers from this year’s event will be available on our website and in our mobile app in winter 2018. We will make an announcement via e-newsletter, blog, and mobile app when our videos have been posted, so stay tuned! [...]

Healing from Church Conflicts

Conflict occurs wherever humans gather because our needs differ. The church is no exception. In one church I served, tension arose over whether to build a rose garden as a memorial to the many members who served the church or to invest in a program for youth to draw new families into the church. In one church, tension escalated in a worship committee meeting when members were deciding whether it w [...]

Pastor Brian Goke Installed at Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County

Installation of Pastor Brian Goke serving Faith Lutheran Church of McLean County (Bloomington, IL). Pictured are: Pastors Doug Johnson, John Nelson, Martha Nelson, Brian Goke, John Schurter, Mark Martin, Jay Johnson. A native of Minnesota, Pastor Brian is a graduate of St. Olaf College (1991, BA), Fuller Seminary (1998, MA), and Luther Seminary (2007, Master of Divinity). After serving as a missionary in Thailand and Cameroon (1990s), he ... [...]

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Application Deadline is August 31

The deadline to apply for the LCMC staff position of Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry is next Thursday, August 31. The current job description is available on our website at www.lcmc.net/jobs. If you are interested in applying, please submit a letter of interest, your resume, and brief answers to the three questions listed here to info@lcmc.net by the deadline date. [...]

Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration Ends September 1st!

Friday, September 1st is the last day to register for our 17th Annual Gathering and still receive the discounted rate!   The format of this year's event will be a bit different from that of previous years in the interest of offering people in LCMC more opportunities to connect with one another than ever before.  After a brief introduction of each topic from a theological perspective, followed by a panel discussion focusing on ... [...]

Now Accepting Applications: Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry

The Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the position of Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry. The current job description is available on our website at www.lcmc.net/jobs. Applications will be received until August 31st, 2017. Final candidates will be interviewed at the October meeting of the Board of Trustees, which immediately follows the Annual Gathering and Convention. Please [...]

SALE: Shop the 17th Annual Gathering Collection!

What's better than attending our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis this October?  Attending our 17th Annual Gathering in style while sipping coffee from a brand new LCMC-themed travel mug, of course!  Select t-shirts and coffee mugs are on sale in the LCMC Store now through August 9th, so if you haven't had a chance to nab any items from our limited time 17th Annual Gathering Collection yet, now's your ... [...]

AG Photo Contest Deadline is July 17th

There's still time to enter our 2017 Annual Gathering photo contest before the Monday, July 17th deadline date! If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submi [...]

Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien to Accept New Call

Dear Members of the Board of Trustees, Victory Lutheran Church, Mesa, Arizona, has recently voted to extend a call to me to serve as Pastor of Growth Ministries. This opportunity came knocking, without my looking, and I have accepted; I begin at Victory on September 1, 2017. This letter, therefore, will serve as my official letter of resignation, which will be effective August 31, 2017.  I have been honored to serve with, and on ... [...]

Installation of Rev. Mark and Rev. Wenda Fry

Rev. Mark and Rev. Wenda Fry were installed at Joy Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana, on March 12, 2017. Particicpants in the service (left to right) included: council members Jan Wolf and Deb Lane, Pr. Warren Baker, Pr. Mark Fry, Pr. Wenda Fry, Paul Johnson (Council President), Pr. Ingrid Aderhold, and council members Jan Hunter and Carol Wahl.   Click on this link to read the Billings Gazette article: ... [...]

Enter the 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest!

If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos for our 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! [...]

Register Now for our 17th Annual Gathering

Online registration is now open for our 17th Annual Gathering and Convention, which takes place October 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  The theme of this year's event is “We Confess Our Faith”.  Our format will be a bit different this year, hoping to engage those attending in the conversation of three of the fundamental teachings of the Reformation: Justification The ... [...]

2017 Leadership Conference Wraps Up

This year 185 people gathered in Omaha as we rounded out a three-year cycle on discipleship with the theme Discipling by Design and a concentration on four areas of ministry in which every church is already engaged: worship, community, mission and leadership. The intent was to assist those present in making these things more intentionally disciple-making. Presenters were all LCMC pastors and la [...]

Lutheran World Relief Service Project Update

At our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, Colorado, we partnered with Lutheran World Relief to assemble 8,228 personal care kits for people in need.  The staff of LCMC has received an update from Lutheran World Relief that the kits we packaged have been shipped to Angola on March 28, 2017 and should be arriving within the next four months.  Lutheran World Relief will be working with Hope for Angola to ensure that the ... [...]


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