Video: Our Association Needs Your Support

Our association needs your financial support. At this point we are about 9% behind of our budgeted goals. Please consider how you might support our association. We believe that the congregation is the front line of ministry. Your financial contributions make possible the training and equipping of people in the local church by our staff who come out to the congregations of LCMC at no cost. Tra [...]

175 Attend Called 2: Follow Youth Event

Just a few weeks ago we completed the second “Called 2:” youth event.  It was once again held at the campus of Grand View University and was led by pastors, leaders and teachers from our association.  This is unlike any other youth event with which people may be familiar.  We are not trying to gather thousands, entertain them, wow them, or make them question everything they may have learned in Sunday ... [...]

Why Attend the Annual Gathering?

We are getting ready for our 18th get together in Des Moines, Iowa! I like to think of our gathering as more of a family reunion than anything else. It is a time for us to connect, network, renew old friendships and make new ones. But why would you bother to go? Why would you make the commitment of time and money to attend? There are some very good reasons, I want to share a few of them with [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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 ... [...]

We're Forming a Non-Geographic Hispanic Network!

We have a number of congregations and ministries that have a tremendous outreach to Hispanic communities, and it would good if we could get these leaders, ministers, ministries connected.  If your congregation is currently carrying out an Hispanic ministry, mission, or agency in our association, and you would like to get connected, please click here and sign up.  If you are interested in learning more about developing an Hispanic ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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. [...]

Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer Takes Place January 5-7, 2016

Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer is set for January 5,6 and 7, 2016.  Obviously, we pray more than three days a year but this is an opportunity for the congregations of LCMC to spend this time together before the throne of Grace.  Each congregation is free and encouraged to do this in the way that seems best to them.  For us together, Day One is a prayer of Confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against ... [...]

We've Launched CHURCHES CONNECT!

When I first started in this job in 2010, I had an idea about a way to use our website to connect congregations with one another.  The idea came from the internet dating programs that are now commonplace and have resulted in thousands of marriages. We are finally ready to launch this new effort.  Here’s how it works:  The leader/pastor/member of a congregation goes to our website and signs up for Churches ... [...]

2016 Youth Gathering: Save the Date!

At our 2014 Annual Gathering, it was decided that we should have a National Youth Gathering.  I have been meeting with a team of volunteers; we have proposed our ideas to the Board of Trustees and they have approved the following proposal: Theme:  Called 2 Serve Purpose:  To strengthen the ministry of the local church Location:  Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa Dates:  July 19-22, ... [...]

LCMC Forms Prayer Ministry Team

A prayer ministry team has been formed and is active!  At our last Annual Gathering, I made an invitation to sign up for a prayer ministry team, and we now have over 50 people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations.  Cheryl Coffman is the leader of this team and she is looking for others who may also be interested joining. Each Monday, Cheryl contacts five congregations from our list that are selected at random by ... [...]

LCMC Workshops to Continue in 2015

2015.  I am looking forward to a great year together.  Steve Lien will continue to offer workshops on call committee coaching, Dan Clites will continue to offer workshops on the development of new ministries, and I will continue to offer workshops for congregational leadership.  One of the things that we hope to be is a resource to our congregations.  Other models for staffing in church bodies looks to do the work ... [...]

Three Days of Prayer Begins January 6th!

This January, join with us for our Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.  This is an opportunity for us to join together across our association to come before God Almighty and bring our concerns, our ministries, our people and our future to the throne of grace and to the foot of the cross.  Day One, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  ... [...]

Getting Connected!

To date, we now have 16 districts and fellowship groups all across the U.S.  Most of them are geographic in nature, some are non-geographic, but in every case, districts help us to get connected and stay in touch with each other.  Districts are voluntary and vary in degree of “organization”, and that is exactly as was intended from the beginning of LCMC.Three years ago, I invited the leaders of all the districts at that ... [...]

Register Now for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering!

What do we say and how do we respond?  These are the questions that often face Christians and Lutherans in 2014 right here in America.  We are now living in a “post-denominational era”; the way we used to do church is no longer working.  Times have changed and we now need to be able to defend, explain and affirm our faith in Christ alone.  We have been given a great heritage of faith and theology through the ... [...]

LCMC to Add New Staff Position, Package Meals in 2014

One very important thing took place at our convention in Dearborn…we approved the budget for 2014! Our 2014 budget calls for a 16% increase in giving from our member congregations. At first, this seems like a lot, and we have not often ever asked our congregations for more. But, as our association has grown, so have the requests for greater resources and help. [...]

LCMC: In the Cloud

When Facebook first became popular, I signed on thinking that it would be good for me to “stay in touch”.  I lasted about 3 days.  Mainly because I was overwhelmed with too much information!  It seems that some folks have trouble discerning what should be public and what should remain private.  TMI is still a problem in some cases, and it simply reflects a symptom of our culture: there seem to be few, if any, ... [...]

LCMC Hosts First Seminary Summit

Earlier this month I sent out an invitation to the 11 Seminaries with whom we have a working relationship.  I invited them to join in a conversation with members of the LCMC Ministry Board, along with Rev. Dr. Paul Spaulding, our Coordinator for Pastoral Certification and Rev. Dan Clites, our Coordinator for New Ministry Development.  The agenda for the meeting was very simple:  Here’s what is happening.Here’s where ... [...]

We are Going to the Motor City!

We are heading to the Motor City, Dearborn, MI, for our Annual Gathering and Convention from October 6-9, 2013.  The event and all of our breakouts will be held at the Adoba Hotel and Convention Center (www.adobadearborn.com).  The hotel has more than enough rooms for all who want to attend!The theme for this year’s gathering is:  “The Grace of Giving”, as we consider how we might fund the Great Commission in ... [...]

LCMC Invites All to Participate in Three Days of Prayer

Every congregation, member and pastor is being invited to set aside some time each day of January 8, 9 and 10, 2013 for prayer.   Our attitude toward prayer has often been characterized by saying, “well, all we can do now is pray!”.  Prayer is not the hopeless act of desperation.  Prayer is a gift that God has given to us as a means to approach the throne of grace with confidence—like that of a child ... [...]

By-Law Changes to be Voted on at 12th Annual Gathering

Dear Friends, LCMC was founded in March of 2001 and its constitution and by-laws approved in October of the same year. About three years ago, it was decided that we should review those original documents and make any necessary changes, additions and deletions. Our constitution and the “pastoral admonition” have not changed—they both continue to serve our association well.However, in reviewing our by-laws, the team ... [...]


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