Register Now - 24th Annual Gathering & Convention

Registration is now open for our 24th Annual Gathering & Convention! The event, themed “Engaging Your Cultural Moment”, takes place September 29 - October 2 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church* in Marion IA. Together, we will explore how the cultural moments happening all around us can be seen not as something negative, but as potential opportunities for carrying out the Great Commission. [...]

Hurry...the LCMC Youth Gathering Registration Deadline is April 1

If you're planning on joining us for our upcoming summer youth event, next Monday, April 1 is the last day to sign up!  The LCMC Youth Gathering is designed to be a leadership development experience for both students and student leaders. Everything at this youth event is designed to empower youth ministry in the local church and to encourage students to consider the vocation of ministry in the future. The event takes place July ... [...]

Growth and Continuing Education

With a new budget year and the turning of the calendar often comes planning for new goals and new learning. LCMC is fortunate to have great educational partners, district and association resources that support pastors and lay leaders. How are you going to grow in ministry this year? How are you supporting your staff, ministry volunteers, and councils grow? [...]

You Are Invited to Get Excited About Global Missions

From the very beginning, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has boldly declared a clear focus on “mission.” Our mission for Christ and His kingdom includes sharing the gospel to all the world. Our mission is always a global mission. With this compelling focus in mind, immediately preceding the upcoming LCMC Annual Gathering & Convention near St. Louis, all delegates, pastors, and visitors planning to attend the ... [...]

Register Now - 23rd Annual Gathering & Convention

We’re about to set forth on a new adventure and we would love for you to come along! It’s no secret that we’ve grown quite a bit since we held our first Annual Gathering & Convention in 2001, but with that growth comes many new challenges, questions, and opportunities. Consequently, it is time for us to join together and intentionally take a look at who we are and where we need to go from here. Our nickname for ... [...]

Life Together Groups

One of the greatest gifts God has given me in all my years of ministry in the Church has been to be on mission with those I love. I have been so blessed by multiple relationships with men and women who I can truly call safe-place people in my life. And having those relationships has given me a place to share the issues of life and ministry I’m facing and receive help to navigate those issues in healthier and more effective ways rather ... [...]

New Call Orientation

When a new pastor comes to a congregation, there is a honeymoon period that can last as long as two years, or as little as two weeks!  Those first months of a new call are critical to both the pastor and congregation to form healthy habits and dialog to arrive safely at a longer-term ministry. LCMC is offering a New Call Orientation workshop this fall to help pastors and congregations to get off on the right foot.  There will ... [...]

Upcoming Conflict Training Opportunities

This fall there will be two online Zoom trainings for developing tools for conflict resolution: Conflict Coaches Training is to train up coaches who can assist congregations and pastors in conflict resolution in their respective areas of the country.   Congregational Conflict Team Training is for congregations to develop their very own conflict teams to help their congregation develop good processes for conflict ... [...]

A Gathering of Worship & Prayer

I love slowing down and resting in God’s presence, at times alone and at other times in the presence of others. One of the ways I experience this is in moments of worship and prayer with the community of sisters and brothers in Christ. Therefore, I am excited to announce that we will have an opportunity to do just that at our upcoming Annual Gathering & Convention. On Tuesday, October 4, we will gather at 7:00 P.M. at Hosanna ... [...]

Register Now - 2022 Seminarian Retreat

Seminary students are invited to join us October 1-2, 2022 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN for our next Seminarian Retreat. The retreat is an opportunity for LCMC seminarians to come together to experience fellowship, learn about issues related to vocational ministry in LCMC, become more aware of our association’s DNA, and ask questions. Registration for the retreat is being handled separately from Annual Gathering ... [...]

Retired Pastors and Spouses Retreat

Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be hosting a new retreat for retired pastors and spouses from August 29-31 at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Milford, IA. This event will give you an opportunity to connect with other retired pastors, be inspired, and hear helpful financial information…all at a cost you can’t refuse, even if you no longer have a church paying your way! [...]

Get Ready, Three Days of Prayer Begins January 4

From January 4-6, every congregation is invited to join together in prayer in celebration of the association's 10th Annual Three Days of Prayer. We realize that every congregation in LCMC is different.  Consequently, we invite you to structure this intentional time of prayer in any way that makes sense for your congregation.  In past years, some congregations have organized special events such as prayer vigils, services, ... [...]

2022 National Youth Event - Registration is Open!

Registration is officially open for our next national youth event, a leadership development experience for students and youth leaders designed to help empower the ministry of the local church. Our youth event offers a chance for students and youth leaders to connect with one another, explore God's call on their lives by participating in keynote presentations, breakout sessions, worship, and small groups, and take part in a service ... [...]

Online Event: Conflict Coaches Training

Conflict is a normal part of our everyday lives.  We experience conflict in our relationships at home, places of work, community, and yes, even in our churches.  As many as 40% of our congregations will experience conflict to the point of disrupting mission!  During the past year, Perry Fruhling, Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry for LCMC, has been conducting Conflict Resolution Workshops around the country.  The desire ... [...]

Watch Live - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention

LCMC's 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, a four day event featuring speakers, worship, fellowship, Bible study, vendors, and networking, will kick off this Sunday, October 3.  Registration for the event has closed early due to space limitations caused by construction delays at the venue, however a livestream option will still be available on our website beginning with opening worship on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. ... [...]

Registration for the Annual Gathering is Closed

Due to construction delays, the main sanctuary space at UALC will not be ready for use by the time the Annual Gathering is going to start on Sunday, October 3, 2021. We must move to a much smaller space, hence closing registration for the Annual Gathering this year. All registrations received through Thursday, September 16, 2021, have been confirmed. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk-in registrations. If ... [...]

Now Closed - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2021 Annual Gathering & Convention.  Due to space limitations at the venue, we have closed registration and can no longer accept new registrations for the event.  We look forward to a great event and will be live streaming, so if you are not able to attend in person, you are welcome to participate online.  More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our ... [...]

Save The Date for Our Next National Youth Event

Mark your calendar now for LCMC’s next national youth event, which takes place July 19-22, 2022 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.   The event is open to high school students completing grades 8-12, youth ministry leaders, and adult chaperones, and is designed to serve as a leadership development experience for both students and youth leaders.   Registration for the event will be online only and opens November ... [...]

Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training Returns for 2022

Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training has returned.  The intentional interim ministers will gather January 17-20, 2022 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ.  This is an incredible campus and the event is designed for both equipping for ministry and rejuvenation from ministry.  We begin Monday night at 6:00 P.M. with dinner, worship, and fellowship. Class begins Tuesday morning at 8:00 A.M. with ... [...]

District & Fellowship Coordinators Meeting Recap

In June, leaders from ten existing and potential districts and fellowships, along with LCMC staff, had their annual meeting at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL. The gathering was an excellent opportunity for the staff to learn more about the priorities and concerns of leaders, for the various districts and fellowships to share their stories, and for those considering forming (or re-forming) a district or fellowship to get some ... [...]

LCMC to Offer Monthly Zoom Meetings for Youth Leaders

For the past several months, a team of LCMC staff and leaders have been discerning and planning our next national youth event (The Way • The Truth • The Life, July 19-22, 2022 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA). As we’ve discussed plans for the gathering, a shared heart and desire to attend to the care of youth leaders has become a focus. In our meetings, we’ve had conversation about common topics of ... [...]


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