Resource http://www.lcmc.net/congregational-resources/feed The "congregational resources" listed on our website are offered for your consideration.  They are listed here because they are currently offered by one of our LCMC congregations or pastors, or have been used by one of our congregations or pastors.  Each ministry comes with a "letter of recommendation".  That they are listed does not imply an endorsement by the Board of Trustees, the Ministry Board or the staff of LCMC, and there is no claim as to their effectiveness in your specific setting. You are encouraged to review their websites, call them up, contact them with any question you may have, call the congregation or pastor that brings the recommendation; and then decide. If you have a ministry or resource that you would like to offer to others, please contact our Service Coordinator (mark@lcmc.net) to learn how you might be added to those already listed. en-us Brotherhood Mutual http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 01 Oct 18 00:00:00 -0600 LCMC has arranged with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company to be part of their ministry partner program. Brotherhood Mutual provides high-quality insurance protection and risk management services and works exclusively with churches and related ministries.

When churches practice good risk management, they provide a safer place for their members to worship, resulting in few losses. When that happens, Brotherhood Mutual gives our denominational office a Safe Ministry Reward payment. The ministry partner program does not affect insurance premiums, but it does help our denomination when member churches and ministries manage their risks well.

You can find more information about Brotherhood Mutual and the many risk management services that the company offers at www.brotherhoodmutual.com.

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Sorensen Consulting http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 30 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0600 Are you in need of fundraising assistance? 

In most organizations and with most leaders, like you, there are always more projects and priorities to be accomplished than funds available. More mission on the horizon if we just had the money. I would like to visit with you about your needs and how I could help you reach your goals.

For over 30 years I have been involved in fundraising for organizations large and small helping many achieve great results.

  • One LCMC church needed $5 million for two new buildings for their youth.  They started working with me and received pledges and gifts totaling $6.5 million including two $1 million gifts and a $500,000 gift.
  • Another organization was stuck at $8 million of the $16 million they needed for their $50 million+ project and now their new youth center is complete and faithfully serving their community.
  • A new LCMC church with under 200 attending on Sundays raised $400,000 for their much-needed projects.

With God’s help, an inspired goal, dedicated supporters and a good system great things can be accomplished!  Together we can secure your needed funds while creating the framework for sustainable generosity.

I would love to visit with you about the possibilities or pass this on if you know someone else who needs assistance.

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The Drawbridge http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 18 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0700 The Drawbridge is a ministry with a specific focus on caring for those in Christian leadership who care for others. We exist to encourage Pastors and Ministry Leaders, as they seek to fulfill the call of God on their lives.

At The Drawbridge Retreat Center, Pastors, Christian Ministry Leaders, and their spouses can disengage from ministry duties to rest and relax in a luxurious setting.

The Drawbridge provides 1, 2, and 3-night retreat opportunities in a setting located just 30 minutes from Omaha. Here guests find a place to rest and relax as they wind their way through the forest and arrive at our peaceful eight-acre estate nestled in the wooded foothills near the Platte River. Deer, wild turkey, and many varieties of wildlife frequent our grounds daily. Enjoy the trails throughout nearly 250 acres in the development. Nature awaits as guests experience the ministry of The Drawbridge.

The Drawbridge is a non-denominational Christian ministry — Bible-based and believing it to be the infallible and inspired Word of God. Jesus is Lord — period.​

No agenda - no program - no charge - just come and relax.

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Bethesda Lutheran Communities http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Fri, 25 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0600 Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a Christian organization that enhances the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Bethesda provides homes, day programs, employment opportunities, and faith supports in 13 states, and has been supporting people of all abilities for 113 years. Bethesda’s Religious Life Team focuses on connections that bring people together in faith, church and community. The team encourages opportunities that provide a full life for people of all abilities. The Religious Life Team is available to consult with congregations and its leaders. They can also provide training on inclusion, disability awareness, and disability ministry. It is Bethesda’s hope to partner with others as we minister to and with families and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
 
For more information about Bethesda, visit www.BethesdaLutheranComunities.org.  Feel free to send questions and comments to ReligiousLife@mailblc.org

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Connected Marriage http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 08 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0600 Connected Marriage equips pastors and lay leaders to work with couples that need help to improve their relationship. We provide an interactive online course that teaches couples over 25 key concepts that have been proven to increase marriage satisfaction. As the couple goes through each online lesson, they answer survey questions. After each of the six lessons, the mentor receives a report with insight into the couple’s relationship. The mentor can simply follow the provided questions to help each couple apply the concepts. They receive over 70 pages of insight, along with exercises and devotions. This guided course makes it easy for pastors and lay leaders to work with couples. It works great with both individual couples and as a group class.

View Website:  www.connectedmarriage.org

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Moving Forward http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 23 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 We help churches move forward in staff transitions, crisis, tragedy and/or conflict.  We also assist churches that have a sense that a fresh vision from God is needed.  We use a variety of tools to help each congregation in its unique journey to move forward.  These include Prepare Enrich, Healthy Congregations and Myers Briggs and numerous other tools that are helpful depending on your situation.
 
We are available to meet with councils, congregations, small groups and individuals, both onsite and online.
 
Eric Hulstrand has been a pastor for 25 years and in a wide variety of churches, from small country churches to a larger metropolitan church to a brand new church plant.  He is also an entrepreneur with several side businesses.  Pam Hulstrand is a top trainer and facilitator for Prepare Enrich.  She has her own ministry/business called On Bended Knee.
 
In addition to Eric and Pam, Moving Forward has access to a larger team of experts in a range  of professions with a variety of areas of expertise.  These include, among other, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified professional Mediator, both with extensive experience in the local church.

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On Bended Knee http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 17 Nov 16 00:00:00 -0700 On Bended Knee Ministry is about building strong marriages and relationships.  Pam Hulstrand is a trainer, consultant, pastoral counselor and group facilitator. She is a Prepare-Enrich Trainer and conducts Facilitator Workshops for Pastors to become certified in using the Prepare-Enrich Assessment.  She is available to churches to lead engaged and/or marriage seminars using the Prepare-Enrich Material. Pam has also helped churches start Marriage Mentor Ministries equipping and releasing the lay people to do the pre-marital preparation with couples.  For more information go to: onbendedkneeministries.com

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MissionsLink http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 03 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0700 MissionsLink is new global mission networking tool created by LCMC mission partner ALWM & Bill Moberly. The global mission counterpart to Church Connect, MissionsLink is a searchable database of member congregations, mission agencies & individuals from across North America. MissionsLink provides a convenient way for LCMC members, congregations and partner mission organizations to SHARE THE RESOURCES YOU HAVE and FIND THE RESOURCES YOU NEED to be more meaningfully, strategically and effectively engaged in completing the Great Commission.

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Re-Missioned http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Wed, 02 Sep 15 00:00:00 -0600 Equipping Churches To Navigate Change

Re-Missioned, a division of One Heart Ministries, is a non-profit, faith-based organization serving the church throughout the United States and Canada. Our vision and passion is to help churches navigate through times of growth and change in a healthy and revitalizing way. We are excited to help churches “re-mission” themselves by moving from a membership focus to a discipleship focus.

In 1Cor. 9:22, the Apostle Paul expressed what God intended the heart of the Church to be: “When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ.” (NLT)

Our mission is to provide vibrant assistance through a combination of individualized services tailored to meet each unique situation. Our services include:

  • Church assessments
  • Development and implementation of a vision
  • Staff evaluation and needs assessment
  • Developing a team leadership approach
  • Effecting healthy change
    • Understanding how change works in a church setting
    • Managing change so change doesn’t manage you
  • Understanding conflict and responding in a life-giving way
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CHURCHES CONNECT http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 01 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0600 Churches Connect is an online database which allows LCMC congregations to connect with one another for the purpose of asking questions, giving advice, sharing resources and collaborating on projects with one another. 

Here’s how it works: 

  1. The leader/pastor/member of a congregation goes to our website and signs up for Churches Connect. 
  2. Some basic demographic and congregational information is entered into an online profile.  Some congregations will be listing the strengths they think might help other congregations; some congregations will be looking for resources for an area of ministry they want to develop. 
  3. The database will match congregations who are looking for help or resources with other congregations that can offer experience and resources for that same area of ministry.

Learn More:

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Stevens Worldwide Van Lines http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Fri, 01 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0600 One of the companies that specialize in helping pastors move is Steven’s Worldwide. 

For a free estimate and for more information, visit www.stevensworldwide.com/lcmc.

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Family Shield Ministries http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 21 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0600 Family Shield Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian organization founded in 1994. It grew out of Kay Meyer’s work as a volunteer in evangelism and education at Ascension Lutheran Church in St. Louis from 1981-1994. The name is based on Eph. 6:16 that says, “Take up the shield of faith.”  
The mission: to reach and equip people, through the power of the Gospel, to know Christ, grow in His Word; and to strengthen individuals and their families.

Objectives Include:

  • Clearly articulating the Gospel that those who do not know Christ might come to faith;
  • Equipping Christians to apply faith to life situations, grow in the knowledge of God’s Word, and use their gifts to serve and witness in the home, church, and community;
  • Connecting people to resources;
  • Developing partnership and collaborations; and
  • Helping individuals and their families implement the six traits that build strong, healthy families.

Programs and Services

The educational/evangelism ministries and services include: the weekly Family Shield radio program heard on 51 radio stations in over 25 states; educational programs on family life and learning to witness; the counter-cult ministry that equips family members, friends, and Christians to deal with and witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons; and promoting and producing Christ-centered resources.
The programs share the law and Gospel, proclaim Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation and that we are saved by faith alone (Eph. 2:8,9), and equip people to know Christ and grow in His Word.

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Church Staffing, Church Planting & Call Process http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 10 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600 Whether you're interested in becoming an LCMC pastor, calling a pastor to serve your congregation, or planting a church near you, there are resources at our website to help! 
 

Church Staffing & Call Process

Church Staffing & Call Process

Church Planting

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LCMC Resource Center http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 10 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600
Are you part of a mission congregation and in search of items to help get started? 

Look no further!  Our online Resource Center serves as a way for people in LCMC to connect with one another and share resources. 
 

Here's how it works:

  1. Have an item that you'd like to sell, loan or give away to another congregation?  
    • Some of the most commonly sought after items are:  sanctuary items, Bibles, hymnals, office equipment, worship materials, media equipment, musical instruments, educational materials, furniture and videos.
  2. Create a listing using your myLCMC Account [here's how!]
  3. Your item may take about one business day or so to be approved by a site administrator.  
  4. Looking for items?  Click Here.  
  5. Once an item has been sold or given away, simply log in to your myLCMC account and remove the listing, or contact us and let us know the item is no longer available and we'll remove it for you.


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BlackberryBush http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Fri, 25 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0600

Why are our congregations in decline?
The last thing we want to do is to oversimplify our answer to this question.

Communication is Changing

The truth is, just as with print media, the music industry, telephones, or other communications enterprises, much of how we do business in the church (also a communication enterprise) is changing forever.

The Gospel never changes but the medium (scrolls, manuscripts, codices/books, proclama- tion, radio, TV, internet, smart phones) in which the Gospel is communicated is changing. It has changed before. It will change again in the future. Communication, for all of human history, has tended to improve; this is a good thing!

Along with having a message to communicate (the Gospel), we the church are also an interactive community. We are the Body of Christ.

Digital and Face-to-Face

Real, face-to-face communication will never be replaced by electronics. However, what we do when we are face-to-face is already changing for the better.

Light conversation can take place online or with a text message:
  • Where were we going to meet again?
  • Did you find that shirt you were looking for?
  • Are you in town?
  • Did you pick up the milk?
We can save face time for more valuable communication, such as:
  • Do you feel like you are in the right job?
  • Is your mother feeling better after her surgery?
  • How are things with your soul?
  • Can I pray with you?

BlackberryBush Embraces the Revolution

The BlackberryBush Course is perhaps one of the first resources for churches that recognize this revolution in communication and community. It is a blend of electronic communication and face time. The teaching content, which is less personal, is streamed in. If you have a tablet and a flat screen, you are set. However, the actual learning—the group interaction—is deeply personal and transformational.
This is how humans have always learned, by processing information together in a small group. Neither alone nor in a crowd is the best venue for learning. A table full of real people in real time will always be optimum for generating real, practical, spiritual wisdom; even 1,000 years from now.

Reinventing our Interactions

Church services from around 1500 (with the advent of the printing press) until now have not facilitated this very well. There is very little opportunity for adults to interact with the content of the Christian faith.
Sunday mornings tend to be one-way communication (like television). Small groups, after a while, tend to de-generate into ‘newsy’, chat sessions with little content or growth.

The BlackberryBush Course strikes a solid and healthy balance between the two, with high level instruction followed by double the instruction time in process-oriented personal interaction.
The church is not dying. However, the old way of communicating (the print-era church service) is having trouble attracting or holding attendance.

The old way of communicating isn’t effective anymore.

It’s time for a new way: BlackberryBush

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Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 15 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0600
Mission:  To know Jesus Christ and to Make Christ Known to all.

Vision:  To change the world through sharing Christ, building disciples and training future leaders, maximizing the impact of Christ beyond our borders.

Primary Objectives:
  1. Christ Centered – centering all we do in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Biblical – together seeking the God of truth and all knowledge in the scriptures.
  3. Healing and Hope – recognizing pain and brokenness, we strive to bring healing and hope.
  4. Playful, loving, Christian Community – enjoying the presence of Christ through play, worship and fellowship with others.
  5. Sharing God’s Heart for the world – connecting with God’s Spirit in a Global vision.
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LCMC Missions Forum http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Fri, 07 Jun 13 00:00:00 -0600 A Google-Group Venue for Sharing Experiences, Ideas, and Needs

Sponsored by the Augustana District Board of World Missions


We invite all people who are passionate about missions to join this discussion group. It gives us an opportunity to network together in several areas related to our mission to serve Christ.

First, this discussion group will offer a gathering place where prayers can be requested and offered. While we each belong to our individual congregations, we are also all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we should share in one another’s burdens and blessings. God’s Word says in Timothy 2:1 (TNIV) “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone.”
Next, this discussion group will offer a gathering place that can be used as a clearing house for information and ideas related to mission work. You can let many others learn about your mission experiences by sharing your post with this discussion group. Jesus said in John 14:12 (TNIV) “Truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” During Jesus time the apostles were limited to sharing on an individual scale to one person or small groups. Today, we have been given the gift of the power of the internet. It allows us to network over long distances with others anywhere in the world. By using this gift for the benefit of promoting God’s mission work, perhaps we can do “even greater things” than the apostles were able to do during the time of Christ.

In addition, this discussion group can be a gathering place for Christian fellowship with pleasant and informative conversation between God’s people who have a common interest in helping our neighbor both physically and spiritually. Fellowship is an important part of keeping our Christian faith strong and alive. In Acts 2:42 (TNIV) it says the early Christian community “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.”

Our mission field can be local, national, or international. If your congregation has experienced success with a local youth outing, or neighborhood outreach program, or a mission trip, maybe you can share that experience so others can learn how to do something similar at their congregation.

We ask that you share this invitation to join the “LCMC Missions Forum” with the members of your congregation. If someone would be interested in joining this group, or has any questions, they can contact Mark Richardson or Jim Dix.  To receive an e-mail to join the discussion, just send a request to the moderator, Jim Dix at jdix501@gmail.com. We hope to hear from you soon.

Yours in Christ,


Mark Richardson
Interim Service Coordinator
Augustana District, LCMC

Paul Knudson
Chairman Mission Board
Augustana District, LCMC

Jim Dix
, Discussion Group Moderator
Lay Person, Shepherd of the Hills
Hubertus, WI


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Lutherans for Life http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Fri, 24 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 The mission statement of Lutherans For Life is to “equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life.”  In keeping with that mission, Lutherans For Life produces and distributes Gospel-based information on ALL aspects of life including: 
  • Abortion 
  • Adoption 
  • Bio-ethics (in vitro fertilization, cloning, stem cell research/transplant) 
  • Christian Responsibility 
  • Contraception 
  • Creation 
  • Crisis Pregnancy 
  • End of Life (Advance directives, living wills, Physician-assisted suicide, etc.) 
  • Family Living 
  • Fatherhood 
  • Post-abortion 
  • Sexual Purity
  • Suicide 
  • Worldview and Culture 
Lutherans For Life has materials that are suitable for all ages from elementary school through adult.  We can equip you and your congregation to address the difficult life-related questions with Biblical answers.
 
 
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Royal Family KIDS http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 02 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 More than 3.5 million cases of child abuse, abandonment and neglect are reported every year.  408,425  children now live in foster care in the United States. 128,000 of these children are between the ages of 6 and 12. By the time an abused, abandoned or neglected child is rescued by Social Services and placed in the foster care system, the damage has already been done – damage that can last a lifetime.  Foster children are the most at-risk children within the United States. But you and I know the impact of compassion and commitment in the life of a child…
 
Since 1985, Royal Family KIDS has lifted children from the deepest pits of despair and given them hope toward a better tomorrow and brighter future.  We do this through our Camp, Club and Mentor programs.  Royal Family KIDS Camp is the nation’s leading camp program for abused, abandoned and neglected children ages 6-12.  Royal Family KIDS Camp is built around a working relationship between Royal Family KIDS, social services and our sponsoring camp churches, but it is entirely locally volunteer-driven.  

 

At Camp…

One counselor for every two children provides for lots of individual attention from a trustworthy adult.
All the games, crafts and activities are designed to be fun and ensure each child succeeds – self-esteem issues loom large for children of abuse, but at camp, everyone is a winner!

We share the message that God loves these children and they are valuable.  This is great news for children who feel that nobody loves them.

We are a family at camp.  There is even an Aunt, an Uncle, and a camp Grandma and Grandpa whose important role is to tell stories, deliver snacks and hugs, give encouragement – just like a “real” family!
Some of our kids have never had a birthday party – but at Everybody’s Birthday Party one night at camp, every child is presented with cake, presents and a real celebration!

The best part? Life-long Memories!

 

MENTORS…

Special bonds are established during the week of Royal Family KIDS Camp. After camp is over, that bond is carried over into a one on one mentoring relationship through our Club & Mentors Program. Participating campers are matched with trained mentors from the Royal Family KIDS Camp team. Mentors and their mentees spend four hours together each month doing fun activities and building healthy adult-to-child relationships. This relationship is built upon:
 
  • Trust – the camper and mentor have already met and established a level a trust from their five days at camp together
  • Safety – every mentor is interviewed, trained, and background checked
  • Commitment – each mentor, mentee and caregiver commit to nine months of Club and one on one mentoring time
 
Roughly 55% of foster children in the US have had three or more placements. 33% of foster children change elementary schools five or more times, losing relationships and falling behind educationally.*
 
Therefore, having a consistent mentor is VITAL.

 

CLUB…

Throughout the school year campers and their mentors attend a once a month Club meeting. Club is a place where a camper can reconnect with many of the participating staff members from Camp as well as build lasting friendships with the other campers who are being mentored.

At camp, relationships and trust are established and those bonds carry over into a mentoring relationship.  This model- Camps*Clubs*Mentors has had a powerful impact on the children: over 90% of our Club kids are still meeting with their mentors the last day of club each year!
 
To learn more about how to start a Royal Family KIDS Camp through your church, please contact Glenn Garvin at Glenng@royalfamilykids.org
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Shepherd's Canyon Retreat http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 18 Apr 13 00:00:00 -0600 Since March, 2009, Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat has provided week-long counseling retreats for men and women in full-time ministry who are in the midst of burnout, stress, depression, conflicts of all kinds, and sometimes moral failure.  A retreat client can anticipate 30 hours of group, couple, and individual counseling.  Our retreats have been called “a year of counseling in a week”.
 
Each retreat is led by two licensed Christian counselors—male and female—and our retreat chaplain.  Retreats are held at Standing Stones Retreat Center located 90 minutes NW of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.
 
We request $3500 per couple for accommodations, meals, and counseling fees.  Sometimes scholarship assistance is available.  We request $2500 for a single person.  Pastors and spouses are strongly encouraged to come together.

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Livin' with Jesus Ministries http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 19 Feb 13 00:00:00 -0700 Have you ever come to a point in your life where you feel you should explore your available options? Livinʼ with Jesus Ministries A Ministry of Healing, Peace, Joy and Mutual Edification is available to you.

Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution and Management, Pastoral Experience Companion/ Mentoring Program,  Congregation Background Checks and Assessments,  Congregation Leadership Ministry Encouragement.

"Pastor Garry’s approach is a scriptural method that fosters spiritual health within the life of the congregation. His pastoral heart alleviates a lot of the anxiety associated with church conflict. His experience with church conflict brings wisdom to a situation in which level heads rarely prevail."  
--An LCMC Congregation and their Pastor

Our Ministry to Congregations, Church Workers and Pastors is confidential.
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Call Inc. http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 10 Dec 12 00:00:00 -0700 Our Mission: Call Inc. is a Christian non-profit teaching mission (not a business) dedicated to mobilizing ordinary people called by Jesus to “incorporate” His call into everyday life. 

logo“Church” literally means “called out ones” in the Biblical Greek. Ordinary people “called out” by Jesus to transform the world… this is real church.  Church is not a place, organization or institution.  Church is not an end in itself; rather, you and I and all other believers in Jesus are the church—the Lord’s instrument to transform the world. Therefore, helping believers to discern the Lord’s call and live worthy of His call should be a primary objective of every church gathering. This objective is possible whether a gathering of believers is very large or very small. Bringing Jesus’ loving and saving rule, reign and resurrection power to bear on people, problems and places is the call of every Christian. What is the Lord calling you to do? What is your unique part? Where is your mission field and how are you bringing Jesus’ rule and reign to this mission field? How is your church gathering intentionally mobilizing all people towards these kingdom priorities?


Our Objectives & Values:
  • We teach ordinary people how to seek, discover and “incorporate” God’s call into all of life. Our hope is that all Christians of any age will live worthy of Jesus and His call.
  • We train leaders to mobilize ordinary people called by Jesus.
  • We encourage leaders to discern their call within their call to increase their effectiveness as kingdom leaders.
  • We renew “Christian churches”… ordinary people “anointed” and empowered with the Holy Spirit in order to be “called out” by Jesus to transform the world.
  • We encourage “living worthy of Christ’s call” as an essential dimension of a multifaceted approach for developing fruitful disciples of Jesus.
  • We teach events, provide resources, and encourage individuals and groups with these objectives.

What We Do:
  • Ordinary People Call Seminars combine scriptural teaching, prayerful reflection, listening prayer and conversation, assisting people to seek, discover and “incorporate” God’s call into their unique mission field of life… family, work, community, world, and the church gathering. Most basic is the call to know, follow and uniquely serve Jesus… 24/7.
  • Teaching Events (seminars, retreats, workshops) on these topics: God’s call, spiritual gifts, life stewardship, discipleship, listening prayer, call mobilization training, fear, and “church” (the called out ones). These scriptural events are taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable teachers.
  • Resources (publications and downloadable resources for all ages… on these topics): God’s call, spiritual gifts, life stewardship, discipleship, and “church” (the called out ones) with more coming including video!
  • Free Downloadable Resources: We offer free downloadable resources for individual use including a spiritual gifts identification inventory and an easy-to-use talent and skills profile (an effective replacement for time and talent sheets). In addition, the copying rights for these downloadable resources may be purchased for a very modest fee.
  • Discipleship Development Strategy & Discernment Conversations for individuals, leaders, churches and other organizations
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Experiential Learning for Pastors http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Wed, 13 Jun 12 00:00:00 -0600 Light of
Christ (LOC) Lutheran Church, in Chandler, Arizona.

There is no cost except for your lodging (even that is free if you stay with an LOC family)

What will not happen:
  • Any focus on growing your church.  First off, it's God's Church.  Second, God wants to simply grow our hearts.  He will take care of the size of His congregation.
  • Giving you a program.  The process is what matters.  A friend of mine was asked what program they use in their church.  He simply said, "The pray-without-ceasing program."  The Lord will work out the specifics in your context.  How can we possibly know what He wants to do in His church that you're serving?
  • Anger and excuses.  What will happen instead is laughter, encouragement, hope, joy and a lot of power!!
  • Pressure.  Since we're not selling anything, asking for anything, or glorifying ourselves.

I would like to invite you to visit us in Chandler, Arizona.  I have no interest in speaking at a conference, as I feel the teacher/student relationship when it comes to the Holy Spirit is not particularly helpful.  We are all learners.  Part of my problem was/is the pride that says I'm a teacher.  I'm not.  You might learn something from me, but I guarantee you I will learn something from you.  I know the Lord will meet us where we are and encourage us all to take the next step with Him, no matter our context.

What will we do? 
  • Talk about the goodness of God and how blessed we are to have been chosen to serve as pastors in His church.
  • Hear stories from leaders who needed the pastor to believe God would use them, encourage them in ministry, and mostly get out of their (and the Lord's) way!  
  • Discuss the question: "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?"  As the Holy Spirit unpacks that for us, and challenges us to take the next step in discipleship, the Spirit will also give us the wisdom and peace to know that our example is the most important lesson we will ever teach our congregation about discipleship.
  • Discuss how to develop unique ministry partnerships in our own communities as we learn how those partnerships were nurtured and developed at Light of Christ.
  • Have time growing in our personal walk with the Father, as we give Him back His church.
  • Meet some really neat people!

Where the Spirit is, there is freedom.  My primary problem was that I was trained to be the micromanager of a church.  The fact is, God will do the micromanaging!  Its His Church anyway.  What I needed to accept was the freedom Jesus died to give me.  If you would like to learn this, or perhaps relearn it, this might be the week for you.

Tentative Schedule:  Tuesday morning through Sunday afternoon.

God has completely transformed my life and the ministry at Light of Christ.  He gets all the glory.  How did all of this happen?  It started with coming to the end of myself.  I was completely burned out and ready to leave the ordained ministry 12 years ago.  I was deep in self-pity, exhaustion, self-hatred and despair.  At my darkest moment the Lord simply whispered to my heart, "Moe, will you give me back my church?"  That was the beginning.  

And now, 12 years later?  Unbelievable transformation!  

Every week I have the privilege of talking with young people who have unexpected pregnancies, encouraging them with God's love and strength.  I get to celebrate the goodness of God with the most incredible people you will ever meet ... and they happen to live in a nursing home!  We sing songs, praise God, laugh and love each Thursday morning!  I have the wonder of getting to meet with 3 different men's bible study groups ... without having to prepare a thing!  The Lord has given me more time to spend with my family than ever before.  I am watching God completely transform this congregation into disciples who serve.  We just had an 80+ year old woman out of the Jewish faith accept Jesus into her heart two months ago ... and she now has the youngest spirit in the Church!!  We have the most low-maintenance group of leaders you could ever hope to have.  God takes care of most conflict before I know its happening.  I have only two meetings a month: church board and staff.  We have more ministry partnerships than I ever imagined could be.  And all of this without us even having a building!

Are you at the end of yourself?  If so, the Lord is ready to bring you into a brand new life of joy, service, love and faith.  I believe He is ready to give you an entirely new vision (or at least a vision I had never seen before) of what pastoral ministry can look like.  Instead of thinking about it, or even talking about it, please come and experience what it looks like in our setting!

As pastors we struggle with many of the same things.  We will encourage each other, as the Father desires.  We will spend a lot of time just being brothers and sisters in Christ.  We will pray for the Father to set us free from what we think people want us to be, so that we can rest in who He has created us to be!  We will ask God to remove our plans for our ministries, and gently reveal to us His plans for His ministries.

I would love to have a group of 4-5 pastors come at a time so we can learn from each other.  God will speak through each of us to each of us!  We have never done anything like this before, but God has put it on my heart that we need to help, encourage, and love one another.  There is no charge except getting yourself here.  Why would there be?  Freely we have received, freely we give.

Please call me at 480-899-1400 if you are interested in being part of the first group.  Once we have 4-5 who are interested we'll put the calendar together.  

Thank you and may God richly bless you with His power, peace, love, joy and hope.  You are beautiful to Him.  Don't quit.  Don't give up.  He is refining you, which is never fun.  But if we will stay faithful and open to the Spirit's leading, just like the first disciples, the Lord will grow in us more faith, hope, love, gentleness, power and self-control than we can imagine.  

Your brother on the Journey,

Moe Redding
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Dr. Eugene Grimm http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 03 May 12 00:00:00 -0600 Eugene Grimm LLC offers a wide variety of stewardship services to congregations and religious organizations. These include:

Capital Programs

Whether a congregation is seeking to build or add on to the present facility, or reduce debt, our capital appeal will help you at a very competitive fee.

Annual Response Programs

Dr. Eugene Grimm has led Herb Miller's New Consecration Sunday Stewardship program nearly 450 times and considers it the finest stewardship program ever developed. He is available for Consecration Sunday, Celebrate Generosity, and other annual programs, as well as guest preaching and congregational workshops.



Feasibility Studies

Is the project you plan to undertake economically viable? Is it operationally feasible? Operational feasibility is a measure of how well a proposed appeal solves the needs. Is your membership or constituency ready for a capital campaign? If these questions cannot be answered with a resounding “yes,” consider a feasibility study.



Consulting Services

Are you doing a good job of stewardship? Do you want to do an even better job? Is stewardship a response to God's redeeming love, or just a means to get more money? Helping people come to an understanding of their role as God's stewards is an intentional process. Giving is not something we convince people to do. It is something they do in response to God's love.

Seminars

I offer a variety of seminars. For a description, I invite you to visit celebrategenerosity.com. In addition to those listed, I will customize a seminar to fit your needs.

 
 
 

 

 
Dr. Eugene Grimm
933 Lupine Lane
Prescott, AZ 86305
928.227.3527 (Home)
928.227.3595 (Fax)
928.925.6057 (Cell)
www.celebrategenerosity.com
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Metanoia Ministries http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Mon, 23 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 logoMetanoia Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization serving the evangelical church throughout the United States, Canada and Europe since 1994. Our mission is to restore spiritual vitality to the church through leadership transformation and conflict reconciliation. We have served more than 85 churches, offering comprehensive services and resources in:

 

Website: www.restoringthechurch.org

 

For information, contact:

Jim or Sharon Van Yperen
603.495.0035
www.restoringthechurch.org/contact
info@restoringthechurch.org

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Church Doctor Ministries http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 17 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 logoChurch Doctor Ministries is a non-profit ministry dedicated to helping Christians and churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to make disciples of all people.

Our calling is helping churches through transformational change toward renewal and revitalization. The ministry also provides coaching, teaching, and consulting services designed to help the local church carry ministry within each unique ministry context.  Specialty experience with preschool; grade schools; daycare; staffing; church governance; ethnic outreach; succession planning; facility issues; relocation; international missions; postmodern outreach; young adult discipleship; adult discipleship; “marketing” and “branding” identity issues; social media; social networking; leadership training; Christian schools; renewal and awakening dynamics; missional training; spiritual health development; worship issues; and internal communication.

Influenced by work with churches and networks of churches on seven continents for almost four decades. Built around Jesus’ “affirm and build” approach in John 5:19: focusing on what God is blessing. Treating each church as uniquely distinctive, avoiding a “one size fits all” approach,this ministry hasbeen named twice by independent analysts as the best of its kind. In 30 plus years of ministry, Church Doctor Ministries has helped over 1,600 churches.

For more information contact:

Tracee J. Swank
tracee@churchdoctor.org
Call toll free: 1.800.626.8515

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Sola Publishing http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 12 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 solaSola Publishing seeks to provide resources that reflect the integrity of the Scriptures as the Word of God, from the perspective of the historical Lutheran Confessions. The theological position that underlies the teaching materials produced by Sola Publishing is summarized in the statement called "The Common Confession".

Call Toll Free:  1-888-887-9840

Website:  https://www.solapublishing.com/

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BY THE WORD http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 10 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 BY THE WORD contains news, announcements, information on upcoming events, articles from the LCMC community and more.
 
The newsletter is published quarterly and printed copies are mailed to our member congregations.
 
Current and past editions of the newsletter are available under the Community menu on our website, or by clicking here.
 
For questions regarding the newsletter, or to submit an article, please email Joy Minion at joyminion@gmail.com.
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Seminary Debt Relief Fund http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Tue, 10 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 Seminarians who go on to serve within LCMC are able to apply for grants from the Seminary Debt Relief Fund for up to five years after the completion of graduation.
 
The maximum amount available from this fund is $5,000 per year, however the amount varies each year based upon availability. 
 
The SDRF application and guidelines are available under the Documents menu of our website, or by clicking here.
 
Applications are due by the end of each year and funds are distributed at the first Board Meeting of the year.  Please check out our Calendar of Events to view the dates for this year.
 
The SDRF is made up of contributions given by people and congregations within our association.  The fund is depleted each year.  Those who may wish to make a donation to the SDRF can do so here.]]>
LCMC Lutheran Men http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Thu, 05 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 The purpose of LCMC-Lutheran Men is to worship God through the Mission Loan Fund and the Mission Gift Fund. 

The Mission Loan Fund is a fund from which mission and small congregations can receive interest free loans for building purposes.

The Gift Fund is a fund that supports an LCMC mission congregation by an outright gift to the congregation. These funds are to be used primarily, but not exclusively, for start-up office equipment in mission congregations.

More information on LCMC-LM, as well as both funds, is available underneath the "Networking" menu on our website, or by clicking here.

Keith A. Aho
President, Lutheran Men
10142 Three Bridges Road
Cook, MN 55723
Cell: (218) 410-3601
Email: aho@accessmn.com

 

 

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Crossways International http://www.solapublishing.com/congregational-resources/summaries.html Wed, 28 Mar 12 00:00:00 -0600 Crossways International is a non-profit ministry whose goal is to foster deeper, more meaningful Christian discipleship by cultivating biblical literacy.

Our teaching materials take people on a journey through the grand sweep of the storyline that runs through the whole of the Bible, and feature hundreds of colorful teaching graphics that make that journey memorable and easy to share with others.

The result is a fresh, life-changing encounter with Jesus the Servant-King, who invites us into the loving, serving community of His Eternal Kingdom. We train clergy, teachers, and evangelists to use these materials all over the world.

Contact Info:


Evan Hansen

Executive Editor
Crossways International
7930 Computer Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55435-5415
(952) 832-5454
www.crossways.org

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