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. [...]

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 [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

Introducing the LCMC Store

You asked, we answered! After receiving dozens of requests from LCMC-ers everywhere for clothing items featuring our new logo to be available online, the staff of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is happy to announce the official launch of our brand new online store. [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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, ... [...]

Registration Now Open for 2016 Leadership Conference

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 [...]

Take the Service Coordinator Assessment Survey!

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 ... [...]

Last Call for Fellowship Activity Sign-Up!

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. [...]

LCMC Clothing Items Now Available

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 cathy@lcmc.net or 734-788-7476 for sizes and prices. [...]

2015 Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open!

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 ... [...]

Leadership Conference Update: Fellowship Activity Sign-Up

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, ... [...]

Congregation & Clergy Directory Update

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 ... [...]

How Would Your Congregation Use $5,000?

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 ... [...]

Call Committee Coach Training to Continue in 2015

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, ... [...]

We've Added a Search Bar!

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 ... [...]

New Training Opportunities Available for Certification Interviewers

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 ... [...]


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