Congregations Team Up for Faith in Action Day

On Sunday, September 18, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn, Indiana left the building.  After gathering at the church for a time of communion, 90 members—from 5 years old to 90 years old—from St. Mark’s joined members from Auburn First United Methodist Church, all dressed in bright red, Faith in Action shirts - in serving our community. This event, called Faith in Action Day, was an amazing opportunity to ... [...]

Register Now: 2017 Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for our 2017 Leadership Conference.  Themed Discipling by Design, our 2017 Leadership Conference focuses on how we can become more and more disciple-making in our worship, community, mission, and leadership development.   Participants will enjoy keynote speakers, worship, and interactive discussion groups after each presentation.   Advance registration for this year's conference is $89 per ... [...]

Over 800 Attend 16th Annual Gathering in Denver

A total of 806 people joined us at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, Colorado from October 2-5, 2016 for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 16th Annual Gathering. Videos from this year's event will be available online and in our mobile app in winter 2017. [...]

Our Website Has a New Layout!

The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is excited to announce that today we have launched a new and improved version of our website in conjunction with our new logo and mobile app.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, we have simplified our layout, made our site easier to navigate overall, and completely optimized it for use on your smartphone or tablet, so you can access the same resources and information as before in ... [...]

LCMC Launches New Logo and Mobile App

Today LCMC kicked off its 16th Annual Gathering in Denver, CO by announcing its first ever mobile app and unveiling a brand new, freshly updated logo.   The LCMC mobile app makes it easy to access videos and podcasts, receive news updates, and stay connected with other people throughout the association. With the in app web player, you can catch live events, stream videos and podcasts, and even play content on your TV screen using ... [...]

Our 16th Annual Gathering Starts Today! Here's How to Watch LIVE...

Our 16th Annual Gathering kicks off after dinner tonight with Opening Worship led by Rev. Ebassa Berhanu, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colorado at 7:00 P.M. MDT.  Tonight's service will also feature a first look at our brand new logo design as well as a special video presentation on a new resource we have put together for every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC.  You won't want to miss ... [...]

Meals from the Heartland Service Project Update

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the congregations in LCMC, as well as the hard work put in by the volunteers at our 2016 Called 2 Serve youth event in Des Moines, we were able to package over 80,000 meals to help feed the hungry.  Below is a letter that received from the staff of Meals from the Heartland. August 19, 2016 Dear Mark, The team at Meals from the Heartland wants to thank you for your generous support regarding ... [...]

Grand View University Welcomes LCMC for Called 2 Serve Youth Event

High school students and youth group leaders from across the nation headed to Grand View University in Des Moines last month to take part in our 2016 summer youth event, Called 2 Serve.  According to Cathy Nichol, LCMC’s administrative assistant, a total of 300 people from 32 different LCMC congregations attended the four day event, which was designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving students a ... [...]

LCMC to Launch New Website, Logo at Annual Gathering

The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday of this year’s Annual Gathering, we will be launching a brand new, re-designed version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet while still providing the same information and resources that are available today.   At ... [...]

Plan Now: 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer

During the first week of each new year, all of the congregations in LCMC are invited to join in prayer for three days. Each day has a theme: day one is a day for confession, day two a day for petition, and day three a day for vision. Congregations can organize the three days in any way they choose. Our 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer takes place January 3-5... [...]

LWR Service Project Update

As many of you know, we will be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief during our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, CO to help assemble personal care kits for people who are victims of natural disasters.  Our goal for this project is to raise $50,000 to help participants at the event assemble 10,000 kits.  As of today, we have officially raised $43,750 in donations to help cover the cost of supplies for this project.  If ... [...]

LCMC Cambodia Partners with ALWM, ILT for the 5 Year Challenge

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, Cambodia has partnered with Awakening Lives to World Missions (ALWM) and the Institute for Lutheran Theology (ILT) to expand and strengthen Christian Mission in the southeast asian country.  Pastor Samuel Chim, Service Coordinator for LCMC Cambodia, has led mission in Cambodia for 20 years, establishing 50 house Churches, 9 Congregations, and 5 major regional projects.  Some of his ... [...]

Annual Gathering Photo Contest Now Open!

We’re looking for photos that exemplify what it means to be “in mission for Christ” in the 21st century to include in the 2016 Annual Gathering Book and on our website. Photos must be submitted via our online photo submission form by Friday, July 1 and will be selected based on subject matter, photo quality, and story. [...]

Service Project Update: Lutheran World Relief and Meals from the Heartland

Over the past few years, "service" has become a central part of our Annual Gatherings.  In 2014, we packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from the Heartland and raised over $90,000 to do so.  Last year, we donated just over 160 pints of blood to a local blood bank in Texas.  This year, we will be working with Lutheran World Relief to help assemble personal care kits at the Annual Gathering, and participants at our ... [...]

Annual Gathering & Seminarian Retreat: Online Registration Now Open!

Online registration for our 16th Annual Gathering and our 2016 Seminarian Retreat is now open! The theme of our 2016 Annual Gathering is Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century. Held October 2-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, the event features plenty of opportunities to get inspired, connect with other people in LCMC and get news... [...]

Leadership Conference Videos Now Available for Streaming

Earlier this month we hosted our 2016 Leadership Conference, which focused on three shifts congregations can make in order to better reach out and make a difference in today's plugged in and over-booked world.  A total of 243 people attended the event, which was held from April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  Videos of this year's keynote presentations are now available at our website for ... [...]

Service: A Central Part of Our Gatherings!

Dear Friends, “Service” is becoming a central part of our gatherings! This year for our Called 2 Serve youth event, which takes place July 19-22 at Grand View University in Des Moines, one of the service projects is again working with Meals from the Heartland. In order to reach our goal, we need about $10,000 to have 140 young people package meals for two hours, which would amount to about 50,000 meals.  At our ... [...]

Called 2 Serve Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for Called 2 Serve has been extended to Thursday, March 31. Called 2 Serve is open to high schoolers completing grades 8-12 and takes place July 19-22, 2016 at Grand View University. [...]

E-Newsletter Update

It has come to our staff's attention that, due to an error with our e-newsletter software, an old email announcement has been unintentionally sent out to our subscribers.  Please disregard this email.  We apologize for any confusion this email may have caused our readers.  For clarification purposes, our 16th Annual Gathering will in fact be held from October 2-5, 2016 in Denver, CO.  Our latest e-newsletter, ... [...]

Scholarship Opportunity for Seminary Students

To God be the Glory, to a seminary student the gain!  A wonderful gift was given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak, Alaska.  So, we have established a new scholarship, The Wheeler Family Scholarship! This scholarship was established from a gift given by Gary and Annette Wheeler, long time members of St. Paul Lutheran Church who hoped to encourage people to consider a call into the ordained ministry of Lutheran ... [...]

Why an LCMC Youth Event?

The best people to witness to other youth are the youth that we already have. The local church must do what they are able to train and equip youth to be disciples to their own generation. One of the best ways to do that is to build mentor relationships with mature Christian adults who can mentor youth in the development of their relationship with Jesus. [...]

LCMC Celebrates 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer

Congregations across the nation took part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC was invited by Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig to start off the new year by setting aside some time during each of the three days to pray.   While congregations were encouraged to structure each of the three days in any way that made sense to the congregation, there was ... [...]

2016 Event Registration Deadlines

If you're headed to one of our spring or summer events, don't forget to register. These deadlines will he here before you know it! Called 2 Serve registration ends March 1. Early Bird Registration for the Leadership Conference ends February 29. Register today! [...]

Advice Regarding Interim Pastors

Part of my role as Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry includes dealing with pastors and congregations in the call process.  As I prepared my Call Committee Workshop I came across a very helpful article by Lavern Brown on the advisability of interim pastors. I have found that many congregations neglect the essential work of dealing with the transitional issues that arise after the resignation and departure of their pastor. I offer ... [...]


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