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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 ... More
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 ... More
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. More
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, ... More
Registration is now open for Shift: Retooling Church, our 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will receive a discounted registration rate! Through the use of keynote speakers, skits and small group discussions, this year's con More
Pr. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC, has initiated an assessment of the Service Coordinator position in order to ensure that the needs and interests of our association are being met.  This is simply an opportunity to touch base with our pastors, leaders and members of congregations.  You are invited to participate in a brief survey.  Please click here to take the survey and give us your thoughts.  This ... More
Our 2015 Leadership Conference is just one week away, however there is still an opportunity for those who plan on attending the conference to sign up for one of the Guided Fellowship Activities on Tuesday, May 5! If you are interested in the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game, North Market Tour/Dinner or SON Ministries, we must have your paid, advance registration NO LATER than Friday, April 24. More
A colorful assortment of LCMC Logo clothing items is now available for purchase. These items are available to all who are interested on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant at or 734-788-7476 for sizes and prices. More
All seminary students in LCMC are invited to join us in Denton, TX from October 2-4  for LCMC's 2015 Seminarian Retreat.  Held the weekend leading up to our 15th Annual Gathering, this retreat gives fellow LCMC seminarians the opportunity to connect with each other, connect with members of the ministry board, and connect with a few seasoned pastors.   Participants will learn about the DNA of LCMC, the seminary ... More
Our 2015 Leadership Conference will be here before you know it, and the deadline to sign up for some of our planned Fellowship Activities is fast approaching!  As tickets for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game and North Market Tour/Dinner must be purchased in advance, all Leadership Conference attendees who would like to take part in either fellowship activity should register for the conference by Wednesday, March 11, ... More
We believe that keeping our members connected is an essential part of accomplishing what we need to do, and LCMC strives to keep our records as accurate and up-to-date as possible.  Take a moment to review your congregation profile and your clergy profile on our website.  If there are changes that need to be made, please click here to update your information.  There is a Statistical Update Form for Congregations and ... More
To celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, LCMC and the Thrivent Financial Foundation will be awarding $5,000 grants to 15 LCMC congregations for use in planning a project to benefit their local community.  To apply, congregations must complete an online application, available at our website, which includes a short essay describing how the congregation would use a $5,000 grant.  The program begins January 1, 2015 and ends ... More
Pastor Steve Lien, our Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, is currently accepting invitations to conduct his eight-hour workshop to train Call Committee Coaches, a new initiative to equip volunteers, lay and clergy, around the country to help resource and encourage congregational call committees if and when they seek additional support.  Steve has already conducted the workshop in Georgia, and has upcoming workshops in Medesto, ... More
To help make it easier to navigate our website, we have added a new "search bar" feature.   This new feature enables site users to find information and documents on the LCMC website by typing in what they're looking for, as opposed to using the menu at the side of our homepage.   For those who may be new to using the internet, or have limited computer skills, a brief tutorial on how to use this feature to find ... More
Rev. Steve Lien, LCMC's Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, announces Interviewer Inservices for those who conduct Certification Interviews.  Join him for this two-hour refresher and training session just before or after any of the following District Conventions: Texas District: Friday, August 1, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Seguin, TX) Heartland District: Friday, August 15, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Fremont, NE) Iowa District: Saturday, November ... More
Accommodations at the The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel have sold out for the week of the Annual Gathering.  For your convenience, the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus and the Des Moines Marriot Downtown are also offering reduced rates to LCMC-ers who are traveling to Des Moines for the Annual Gathering.  Be sure to mention that you are part of the LCMC group while making your hotel reservations to receive the ... More
Pastor Jeff Redlin was installed as pastor of American Lutheran Church in Winifred, MT on June 29, 2014. Pastor Redlin has been with LCMC since 2010 and previously served as founding pastor of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Lebanon, OR from 2010-2013. Top row (L to R): Pastor Jeff Stoopes, Pastor Bob Coughlin, Pastor Gordon Buckentin Bottom Row (L to R) Pastor Bill Duffey, Pastor Jeff Redlin, Pastor Alan Daugherty. More
The Retirement Plan has added new Roth provisions as well as 2 new investment fund options.   Roth Provisions:  Roth After-Tax Contributions:  Participants may contribute Roth after-tax contributions to their plan account.  With Roth contributions, the dollars going into the plan have already been taxed, thus, no tax when withdrawn at retirement. Earnings of Roth contributions are tax-free when withdrawn at retirement ... More
LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig has created a new series of workshops designed to help as many members and leaders of LCMC congregations to make the paradigm shift from membership to discipleship as possible.In each Congregational Workshop, he will present some Biblical concepts that will hopefully challenge, inspire and encourage our people to remember who we are as the Body of Christ and to whom we belong: Jesus.  Click ... More
We have received several inquiries over the past few weeks regarding the expiration date of clergy cards for rostered LCMC pastors.   Our staff is currently in the process of creating and mailing updated clergy cards to our pastors, and we anticipate all updated cards to be mailed by the end of January.   Should you have any further questions, please contact Cathy Nichol, Administrative Assistant for LCMC.   More
As has been announced in an earlier post, Pastor Paul Spaulding is retiring at the end of this year.  The Board of Trustees has approved a new job description (view description) and is calling for letters of application.  The application process will close on September 15th, 2013 and requires a letter of interest, resume’ and the answers to three questions.  All materials are to be sent to Pastor Larry Lindstrom either ... More
Maintaining up-to-date records in our Congregational Directory is important, as it allows us to communicate with one another in a timely and effective manner.  If your congregation has received a Congregational Update email from our office, please follow the instructions in this email to let us know whether or not there have been any changes to your congregation's contact information or statistics within the past year.Due to early ... More
Please pray for Luther Seminary student Etana Abdissa Debel, who was informed that his scholarship will come to end in June 2013 due to the sending church’s (EECMY) decision to end its association with the ELCA. A member of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and a third-year PhD student at Luther Seminary, he is a Church History major.  He is married and has two daughters.  He is a full-time ... More
If your congregation has formed over the last 5-years, or is in some process of being developed, please consider joining us for our Third Annual New Ministry Workshop from October 9-10, 2013 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI.   The event will be hosted by Rev. Dan Clites, Coordinator for New Ministry Development for LCMC.  Dan planted and led Rejoice! Lutheran Church in Northfield-Dundas, Minnesota for 10-years.By coming ... More
Pr. Rene D. Vega was Ordained and Installed at the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis (Genesis Christian Lutheran Church) in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Pictured below are Pastors Rene D. Vega, Marilyn González and Pablo N. Aymat.      More
Pastor Frederick Schumacher of Outlook, Montana was ordained on February 10, 2013 at Highland Lutheran Church, where he currently serves as pastor.   Pictured with Rev. Schumacher (below) are Pr. Jon Gerdts of Living Water Church in Sun Prairie, WI, Ms. Ellen Sedgwick, Council President of Highland Lutheran Church, and Mr. Steve Bethal.   More
The Ordination and Installation of Rene D. Vega will take place at the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Genesis (Genesis Christian Lutheran Church) in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, and all are welcome to attend. The service will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. during the congregation's regular worship service.  The building is located at:  Iglesia Crisatiana Luterana Genesis Calle AA G-16 Ciudad Universitaria ... More
New for 2013, LCMC will be hosting a series of Church Council Workshops at LCMC congregations throughout the year. Workshops will be led by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, the Service Coordinator of LCMC, and focus on gathering church council members, leaders, and pastors to center our ministries on the Great Commission of Matthew 28.For more information, click here, or check out our Events Calendar for scheduled dates and locations. More
For those interested in snagging some sweet new LCMC apparel for the holidays (or anytime), an array of surplus, logo-embroidered clothing items from October's Annual Gathering is up for grabs in a colorful assortment of styles and sizes.    Supplies are first come, first serve, and limited to availability.    For more information, please contact our administrative assistant, Cathy Nichol, via email at ... More
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, by action at the 2012 National Gathering in Denver, is pleased to announce a new staff position: Coordinator for New Ministry Development.  This full-time staff position will help the association membership grow in mission by helping us implement the many faces of new church starts: traditional congregation, house church, etc. as the Spirit leads. More information and a complete ... More
LCMC is pleased to announce the ordination of Rev. Carol Clark at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM and the ordination and installation or Rev. Frank Remski at Reformation Lutheran Church in Westminster, CA. The photographs and bios listed below have been submitted to us for publication on our website and in our quarterly newsletter.   More
If you have not yet taken the time to do so, please consider filling out an evaluation form to let us know what you thought of this year's gathering. So that we are able to have all of this information processed in time for our next Board of Trustees meeting, please be sure that we are able to receive your evaluations no later than Friday, October 26, 2012. Thank you, LCMC, for another great... More
The congregation of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church, LCMC, welcomed Pastor Susan and Rich Westland in June of this year, celebrating her installation on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. Pastor Susan and Rich, of Bellevue, Nebraska, were called to Shepherd of the Falls in June of this year and arrived in the small agricultural town of American Falls, ID on August 3.   The next day was the annual American Falls Day ... More
"Ambassadors for Christ" is the theme of our 2012 Annual Gathering, and those attending the event are all invited to take part in becoming just that.  The seminary of the Mekane Yesus church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is in desperate need of books for their students.  To help out, LCMC is welcoming an offering of books from our members at the Annual Gathering to be given to that seminary.  If you have books on any of the topics ... More
This September, the Great Commission Lutherans of Northwest Iowa will host A Light for All Peoples!, a Missions Conference aimed at equipping pastors and church leaders with the skills to ignite a passion within their congregations for sharing God's mission beyond the walls of the church building. Keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, Ethiopian Evangelist and NALC’s leader of World Mission, Rev. Ken Kimball, Dean of the Iowa ... More
Our annual Leadership Conference in Fargo, ND is just around the corner. With less than a month until the event begins,  we'd like to make a few important announcements for those of you who are interested in this year's conference.HotelsFor those of you who still plan on attending and have not yet booked your hotel room, please be advised that the deadline for doing so at a reduced rate is soon approaching. The hotels listed on ... More
Rev. Charles Stevenson was ordained at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Peabody, MA, on September 26. Pastor Ray Phyles presided. Pastor Norm David delivered the sermon. Pastor Charles was raised in southeast Michigan. He has a PhD in electrical engineering and two divinity degrees from Yale University. He is a professor of computer science at Salem State University (SSU), Salem, MA. He looks forward to the challenges of a ... More
On Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 pm an installation service was held for Pastor Mark Brickzin, who recently accepted a call to serve St. John Lutheran Church of Hatton, ND. Pastor Curtis Tilleraas from North Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, conducted the service and Rev. Mark Ellingson of Northwood, ND, Chaplain with Red River Valley Hospice, brought the message. Pastor Brickzin and his wife, Sherry, came to ... More
Rev. Mark Lund of Canby, formerly of Marshall, was ordained on Sunday, January 22 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall. He was ordained by Rev. Mark Richardson, Service Coordinator of the Augustana District, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). Rev. Lund is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul and is serving as pastor of Word of God Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Canby. He is the son of John and Marilyn Lund of ... More
Pastor James Lindgren was installed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, MI on November 16, 2011. Pastor Charles Mzinga from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania preached the sermon. Pastor Steve Cowen from Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, officiated. Pastor Lindgren has been in the ministry over 30 years. He and his wife Judy had previously served congregations in Nebraska and Minnesota. More
Lutheran Congregations in Mission For Christ is pleased to announce that our retirement savings plan is now live, allowing our members to conduct their business via telephone or web. Participants may view their account balances, add beneficiary information and make changes to their investment information by visiting or by contacting the Participant Service Center at 1-800-442-4015. Distributions may now be requested as ... More
On December 3, 2011, Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Smithfield, Nebraska ordained Pr. Tim Glendening. Rev. Keith Menter presided over the ceremony, which took place in the midst of a blizzard. This is Pr. Glendening's first call. Prior to his ordination at Hope Evangelical, he shared a ministry on depression titled "Out of Darkness" in over 1,000 churches aross the country, many of which now are part of the LCMC ... More
Is anyone interested in sharing photographs from the first two meetings in 2001? If so, please email them to Kristy Thomas, LCMC Communications and Public Relations Specialist, at We would love to use these photos as part of a multimedia presentation to be given at some of our upcoming LCMC events. Thank you all so much for your help! More
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies… --Proverbs 31:10 Mrs. Rebecca Meidinger, who will be speaking in Fargo, ND at the LCMC Annual Leadership Conference this April, is the director of Far Above Rubies, a program designed to help young women explore their true identities in Christ and teach them to build healthy relationships. Far Above Rubies is a one-day conference, created especially for teen girls ... More
Reverend Wilson Metz was ordained and installed at Word of Hope Lutheran Church in Ashland, NE on July 24, 2011. Reverend Oliver Olson, President of the Omaha Bible School, presided at the ordination service. Members of the Word of Hope family and visitors participated in the laying on of hands as they gathered around Pastor Metz to pray. In addition to his pastoral duties, Wilson is the director of the Heartland Men of Faith, a field ... More
A workshop designed to gather at least one pastor and one leader from each of our new ministries will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa following the Annual Gathering.     This workshop is designed for all LCMC congregations that have formed within the past five years, and will include discussions oh how LCMC can best support, encourage and help develop its newest member congregations.     There ... More
LCMC The First Ten Years tells the story of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) — its origins and its first ten years as an association — told from the perspective of those who were participants and leaders on that journey. "The writers of this book have several things in common: All are united by a common faith in Jesus Christ. All claim a personal history that is rooted in a Lutheran understanding of the ... More
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are: free in Christ; accountable to one another; rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions; working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. LCMC is an association of congregations. We have a great respect for the reality that the church is where the people ... More
Some have said, "LCMC is a vibrant and faithful association of congregations, rather than a denominational church body." LCMC has referred to itself as "a post-denominational association of congregations," as a way of acknowledging that its horizontal structure is different than the more vertical structure of many classic denominations. But having said that, LCMC is recognized as a church body (denomination) by the IRS, by the ELCA, and ... More

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