Financial Update

In November we sent out a request for funds.  We were running about 9% (which comes to about $90,000) behind our budgeted goals—and you responded!  Thank you for your faithful and generous support.  Because of what was given, we have now fully funded our budget!  Again, thank you!  LCMC relies solely on the offerings of its member congregations and what is given allows this association to ... [...]

LCMC to Offer Basic and Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training

LCMC is constantly encountering congregations and pastors in transition.  With so many baby boomer pastors retiring in the next few years, the need for trained, intentional interim pastors has never been greater. LCMC is offering an intentional interim ministry basic training class for interested LCMC pastors July 8 through July 10 at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  This course will be taught again by Pastor Steve ... [...]

Are You Connected?

We need your help to keep your congregation and clergy profiles up to date! If you notice any information in your congregational or clergy profile (listed under "Directories") that needs to be updated, please click on the "Update Info" button in the upper right hand corner of your profile page to notify our staff of any changes. Thank you! [...]

2019 Leadership Conference Update

The LCMC Ministry Board has announced that our 2019 Leadership Conference will be done regionally throughout the United States.  We hope to offer several events at times and dates to be announced soon.  Some of these regional events will coincide with LCMC district gatherings in order to optimize travel efforts. This year’s Leadership Conference events will focus on Conflict Resolution.  Pastor Perry Fruhling, LCMC ... [...]

Everything You Need to Know for Three Days of Prayer

You're invited to join together in prayer with people across our association for three days at the start of the new year. Our 7th Annual Three Days of Prayer takes place January 1-3, 2019. If your congregation has not already begun to start planning, now is a good time!  The themes for each of the three days are as follows: Tuesday, January 1: This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our ... [...]

Annual Gathering Videos Now Available for Streaming

Videos from our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention, which took place October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, IA, are now available for streaming!  To watch from our mobile app using your smartphone or tablet, simply tap on the "Media" tab, then select "2018 Annual Gathering" from the list of options.  As a reminder, the LCMC App is compatible with Apple TV and Google Chromecast, allowing you to use it to stream ... [...]

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 Stickers On Sale Now!

Due to popular demand, we now have stickers available in the LCMC store, and they're on sale now for a limited time!  Choose from two designs (our "official" logo, or a graphic only version), four different sizes (2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch), and two different background colors (white or clear).  Stickers will also be available as part of our 2018 Annual Gathering collection from now through the end of ... [...]

18th Annual Gathering - Here's How to Watch LIVE

Our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention is officially underway!  For those who are tuning in from home this year, a live webcast of the event will be available on our website (www.lcmc.net/live) beginning October 7, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. (Central Time) and ending at noon on Wednesday, October 10.  Downloadable copies of this year's Annual Gathering Book can be found on our website under Events > Media as well as in our ... [...]

Youth Mission Trip Details Announced

Join other LCMC youth and leaders for a week of service, learning, fellowship, fun and devotion on mission for Christ. July 14-19, 2019 a group will be serving the Lakota people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This trip includes construction, relational, and community opportunities for ministry. For details email sstrachan@faithabq.org. [...]

Start Planning Now for Three Days of Prayer

If you haven't already begun to do so, it's time to start planning for our next annual Three Days of Prayer event, which takes place January 1-3 2019!  Following the trend of past years, the theme for each day is as follows: January 1 is a day focused on confession January 2 is a day for petition January 3 is a day for vision There's no right or wrong way to structure this event, so do what works best for ... [...]

Meals from the Heartland Service Project Update

At their last meeting, the LCMC Board of Trustees decided to cancel the meal packaging event scheduled for the Tuesday night of our upcoming Annual Gathering and Convention in Des Moines.  To date, we have only received just over $11,000 of our $80,000 fundraising goal for this project. We are grateful for everyone who has already contributed.  All of the funds donated, as well as any future contributions, will be given ... [...]

Headed to One of These Great Events? Don't Forget to Register!

It's already the middle of July, and we have a great lineup of events planned for the next few months. As you're making your travel plans this summer (if you haven't done so already), please don't forget to register for any events you may be planning to attend.  Not only will registering in advance help to ensure our staff can provide the best possible experience for everyone, it can also help you save some cash! We ... [...]

Church Planting Retreat to Take Place After Annual Gathering

LCMC church planters and missional types are invited to The 2:47 Network Church Planting Retreat immediately following the LCMC Annual Gathering at nearby Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, Iowa.  “The Next Generation” discussion starts at 2:00 pm on October 10th, and wraps-up by noon on the 11th.  There is no charge to attend, but lodging and meals are on your own.  For greater details and to ... [...]

Annual Gathering Photo Contest Ends July 16th

There are still a few more weeks to submit photos for our 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest.  The theme of our 2018 Annual Gathering is "Growing Up", and to help illustrate this concept throughout our book, we would love to see photos of service projects, outreach events/activities/programs, mission trips, creative/artistic projects, disaster relief, or church planting efforts from any and all age groups within your ... [...]

Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role?

If you are a pastor who is interested in serving in an interim ministry role during the next year, and have not yet received LCMC training, there are still a few spots open at this year’s LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Training event.   More and more we are discovering the vital role that interim ministry plays in helping a congregation transition from one ministry to another. There are a certain set of skills and ... [...]

MFTH Service Project Update

To date we have raised $6,534.59 for our Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland! To learn more or make an online donation towards this project, CLICK HERE.  To donate via snail mail, please make all checks payable to LCMC and be sure to indicate that your donation is for the "MFTH Service Project".  Checks should be mailed to the LCMC office at: LCMC 7000 North Sheldon Road Canton, MI ... [...]

18th Annual Gathering Registration is Open

"Growing Up" is the theme of our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention, and we've invited Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries to help us consider how congregations of all sizes can be focused on the Great Commission and develop a kingdom mindset.  Jo Kinnard will be returning this year to serve as our Bible study leader as we reflect on the text of Ephesians 4.  Mark Vander Tuig and Perry Fruhling will ... [...]

Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our 2018 Seminarian Retreat.  Held the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the event serves as an opportunity for seminary students to get connected with one another, network, learn more about yourself and your calling, and ask any questions you may have about the LCMC call process. The retreat takes place October 5-7, 2018 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA.  Registration is $50 per ... [...]

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 Announces Intentional Interim Ministry Training for 2018

LCMC is hosting our second training class for those who feel called into intentional interim ministry.   Those of us serving on the LCMC staff believe those serving in this capacity need training. Some of the best training is through the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) or the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP).  These courses require significant time and money, so we are providing a lower cost alternative, ... [...]

Called 2 Follow Registration Closes March 31

The deadline to register for our upcoming high school youth event, Called 2 Follow, is next Saturday, March 31st!  Participants will gain practical life advice through interactive keynote presentations and breakout sessions, make a real difference in the local community by taking part in service projects, and connect with other people in LCMC while enjoying games, music, inflatables, and ice cream. For groups wishing to stay an ... [...]

Our 2018 Service Project And How You Can Help

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ will once again be teaming up with Meals from the Heartland to help feed the hungry at both our Called 2 Follow youth event and our 18th Annual Gathering.  When we hosted our 2014 Annual Gathering in Des Moines, we raised over $90,000 and packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from The Heartland.  (Watch a video of the experience here!) In 2016, we worked with Meals from the ... [...]

2019 Three Days of Prayer Dates Announced!

Six years ago, Service Coordinator Mark Vander Tuig invited every congregation in LCMC to join in prayer for three days at the beginning of the new year. In the time since, our association has turned Three Days of Prayer into an annual tradition with many congregations choosing to organize prayer walks, host special services and vigils, or distribute resources to congregation members for each of the three days. Mark your calendars now ... [...]

Get Mobile Updates!

Did you know that the LCMC App lets you sign up to receive news updates on your mobile device based entirely on your interests?  Here's a breakdown of what's available: General Notifications: Select this option if you’d like to be notified of only the basics, such as major announcements that aren’t related to attending a specific event.  (Examples: New videos/podcasts, service projects, contests, and any ... [...]


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