Confessions of a Church Planter

A couple of months ago, I received a letter from LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley requesting financial support. I confess, I did not receive it well. I lead a very small church plant and funding is an enormous challenge. I initially thought, “He doesn’t even know me… I should be writing HIM a letter, asking HIM for support!” I believe these thoughts may be common due to the autonomous nature of our ... [...]

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 [...]

LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2015 Annual Gathering Book

Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed “Our DNA”, is all about celebrating what it truly means for us to be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. In accordance with this year’s theme, we’re inviting all “LCMC-ers” out there to show us, in a photograph, how their congregation exemplifies what it means to be an LCMC congregation. Special consideration will be given to all photos submitted on or [...]


Last year, we announced to all of our congregations that one of our goals as an association for 2014 was to raise $80,000 for our 14th Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland.  Today, we reached that goal!  100% of the donations that we have received will be used to purchase enough food, packaging supplies and shipping to feed 400,000 people in need, both in the U.S. and abroad.  The food packages ... [...]

Congregation Members Show Kindness, $5 at a Time

When have you ever gone to church and as the plate is passed, the pastor tells you to take money out of the basket instead of giving money?  On January 5th, Trinity Church gave $5 to each person that attended the Service and told them to perform "a random act of kindness,” showing Jesus' love in a practical way. Pastor Brian Metke stated that, “We view Sunday morning services as a laboratory where we not only honor God, but ... [...]

LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2014 Annual Gathering Book

How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?  Whether you've organized a creative fundraiser to help raise money for our meal packaging project, traveled abroad on a mission trip, or put together a program to help reach out to the people in your very own community, we want to hear about it!    For the next several weeks, our staff is inviting all "LCMC-ers" to send us ... [...]

LCSS Seeks Translated Copies of Luther's Small Catechisms

I ask that you focus your attention on the immediate short term appeal from Pastor Jordon Long, President of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan (LCSS).  The LCSS is a new church with no walls.  Most of its members worship in tents, huts, or open spaces. and they have no educational materials written in their indigenous languages.  On March 14, Pastor Jordon was able to communicate with Eric Swensson and update the current ... [...]

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. [...]

Members Invited to Share Photos for Annual Gathering Book

Get your cameras ready, because it's time to share with LCMC what your congregation has been up to for the past year! In celebration of our 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", our staff is inviting pastors, leaders, church members and staff from any and all LCMC congregations to share with us in a photograph what your congregation has done over the past year in order to reflect financial stewardship, generosity and ... [...]

Online Registration for Annual Gathering Now Open

What would happen in your congregation if every household could give the first 10% back to God through the ministry of the local church?   From October 6-9, 2013, come together with other pastors, leaders and church members from all over the world as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ celebrates its 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", at the Adoba Hotel in historic Dearborn, MI. This ... [...]

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 (  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 ... [...]

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