LCMC Congregations to Organize Youth Mission Trip in 2019

LCMC churches and their youth have partnered on several mission trips in the past, including 2014 and 2015 in Oklahoma, and most recently 2017 in Colorado Springs.  Plans are starting to shape for another great LCMC mission trip for the Summer of 2019.  For details and information, please contact Scott Strachan from Faith Lutheran Church of Albuquerque NM via email at  sstrachan@faithabq.org or call 505-296-0762.  [...]

Annual Gathering Photo Contest Ends July 16th

There are still a few more weeks to submit photos for our 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest.  The theme of our 2018 Annual Gathering is "Growing Up", and to help illustrate this concept throughout our book, we would love to see photos of service projects, outreach events/activities/programs, mission trips, creative/artistic projects, disaster relief, or church planting efforts from any and all age groups within your ... [...]

Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role?

If you are a pastor who is interested in serving in an interim ministry role during the next year, and have not yet received LCMC training, there are still a few spots open at this year’s LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Training event.   More and more we are discovering the vital role that interim ministry plays in helping a congregation transition from one ministry to another. There are a certain set of skills and ... [...]

MFTH Service Project Update

To date we have raised $6,534.59 for our Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland! To learn more or make an online donation towards this project, CLICK HERE.  To donate via snail mail, please make all checks payable to LCMC and be sure to indicate that your donation is for the "MFTH Service Project".  Checks should be mailed to the LCMC office at: LCMC 7000 North Sheldon Road Canton, MI ... [...]

18th Annual Gathering Registration is Open

"Growing Up" is the theme of our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention, and we've invited Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries to help us consider how congregations of all sizes can be focused on the Great Commission and develop a kingdom mindset.  Jo Kinnard will be returning this year to serve as our Bible study leader as we reflect on the text of Ephesians 4.  Mark Vander Tuig and Perry Fruhling will ... [...]

Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our 2018 Seminarian Retreat.  Held the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the event serves as an opportunity for seminary students to get connected with one another, network, learn more about yourself and your calling, and ask any questions you may have about the LCMC call process. The retreat takes place October 5-7, 2018 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA.  Registration is $50 per ... [...]

LAST CALL for Called 2 Follow Registration

We have extended the deadline to register for the youth event this summer until Sunday, April 15, but this is the LAST CALL.  We need to have all registrations and deposit money in by the 15th.  Called 2 Follow takes place July 17-20 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA and all information including speakers, breakouts, service projects, the agenda, and more can be found under "Events" our website. Click Here ... [...]

Enter the 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest

Has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year? Enter our 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! All eligible photos received by Monday, July 16th will be considered for publication in the 2018 Annual Gathering Book. Photos will be selected based on subject matter, photo quality, and the story accompanying the photo. To help illustrate the theme throughout our book, we wou [...]

LCMC Announces Intentional Interim Ministry Training for 2018

LCMC is hosting our second training class for those who feel called into intentional interim ministry.   Those of us serving on the LCMC staff believe those serving in this capacity need training. Some of the best training is through the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) or the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP).  These courses require significant time and money, so we are providing a lower cost alternative, ... [...]

Called 2 Follow Registration Closes March 31

The deadline to register for our upcoming high school youth event, Called 2 Follow, is next Saturday, March 31st!  Participants will gain practical life advice through interactive keynote presentations and breakout sessions, make a real difference in the local community by taking part in service projects, and connect with other people in LCMC while enjoying games, music, inflatables, and ice cream. For groups wishing to stay an ... [...]

Our 2018 Service Project And How You Can Help

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ will once again be teaming up with Meals from the Heartland to help feed the hungry at both our Called 2 Follow youth event and our 18th Annual Gathering.  When we hosted our 2014 Annual Gathering in Des Moines, we raised over $90,000 and packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from The Heartland.  (Watch a video of the experience here!) In 2016, we worked with Meals from the ... [...]

2019 Three Days of Prayer Dates Announced!

Six years ago, Service Coordinator Mark Vander Tuig invited every congregation in LCMC to join in prayer for three days at the beginning of the new year. In the time since, our association has turned Three Days of Prayer into an annual tradition with many congregations choosing to organize prayer walks, host special services and vigils, or distribute resources to congregation members for each of the three days. Mark your calendars now ... [...]

LCMC in Southeast Asia

I have just returned from South East Asia and want to give a brief update.  We traveled first to Cambodia, where we discovered that our mission developer there, Pastor Samuel Chim (an LCMC pastor) is doing great work for us.  We have received another 15 congregations and pastors as a result of the church planting efforts of the congregations there.  We now have 35 pastors and churches in Cambodia and Pastor Chim is ... [...]

Get Mobile Updates!

Did you know that the LCMC App lets you sign up to receive news updates on your mobile device based entirely on your interests?  Here's a breakdown of what's available: General Notifications: Select this option if you’d like to be notified of only the basics, such as when new videos, podcasts or other resources have been added to our website.  You’ll also be notified of new service projects, contests, and ... [...]

Seminary Students, Save the Date!

Seminary students: discover what tools your head, heart, and hands will need in order to become a pastor in LCMC at our next Seminarian Retreat October 5-7, 2018 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA.  This is affordable weekend retreat for seminary students is held every other year on the Friday evening through Sunday morning immediately preceding the Annual Gathering.  Spouses are also welcome to attend.  This ... [...]

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! [...]


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