3 Sep 2015

Ignite Summer 2015: Potential!

From the executive director Whenever you and I begin a new project or a new phase in our lives—or a new academic year—it’s natural to speak of it in terms of its potential: what need we expect finally to be met, what milestone we’ll be able to put behind us, what challenges will be overcome and what new challenges we have to look forward to. This is one of those times for LCMA—a time of tremendous potential! And we’re excited...

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Are you ready to serve 25,000 high schoolers at the biggest Christian youth blowout around? Then join Orange Nation. Applications are being accepted now from young adults 19-25 years of age who are interested in serving as Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) at the 2016 National LCMS Youth Gathering, July 16-20 next summer in New Orleans! Here’s how you know you’re eligible. You must: Be 19-25 years old at the time of the Gathering and at least one year out of high school....

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The Missouri District LCMS will present “Campus Ministry 101: Nuts and Bolts,” Module 3 of the District’s College Peer Ministry Training series, onOctober 2-4, 2015 at Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp in Lincoln, Mo. The Campus Ministry 101 module is designed especially for ministry leaders and student leaders seeking a comprehensive model for operating a discipling ministry that serves a campus community. The presenter for the Nuts and Bolts module will be campus ministry veteran Lisa Highley, who served as Director of...

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Farewell Thoughts from Campus Missionary Mary It was a real joy for us during the past year to be able to feature periodic reports from Mary Rowley, who served during the 2014-2015 academic year as a Lutheran Campus Initiative missionary at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Because the spring issue of Ignite was jam-packed with must-know info, we decided to hold onto Mary’s spring article and present it in this issue. We hope her parting thoughts will bless and encourage you. As...

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The dates for this year’s Campus Ministry Leadership Conference are February 5-6, 2016. For the third year in a row, this intensive student-leader training event will be held at Cedar Lake Ministries, Cedar Lake, Ind. If you’ve attended before, you know how great it is—and you’ll mark the dates on your calendar now. If your group hasn’t attended CMLC but you think you’d like to try it—or you’re interested in replicating this leadership resource in your region—then don’t wait; block the dates...

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There is still time to sign up for Lutheran Campus Mission Association’s first-ever Spring Break International Volunteer Trip to Nicaragua! If you sign up by September 30, your group can be a part of the exciting spread of the Gospel in a challenging Latin American culture next spring. LCMA has partnered with Lutheran Hour Ministries’ International Ministry folks to offer a high-quality servant experience in Nicaragua. Lutheran Hour Ministries operates outreach centers in more than 30 countries with indigenous staff and volunteers,...

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From the executive director Well, we’ve been at it a little over a year now—putting our new vision for LCMA into practice—and we’re convinced we have chosen the right path! Now, the plain truth is that some folks know what that path is, and some don’t—not yet. But I aim to remedy that—and to invite everybody to come down the path along with us. Here’s what I’m talking about. LCMA was formed to serve as the LCMS’ national coordinating agency...

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LCMA was excited to be a part of the Best Practices for Ministry Conference in 2015! What’s the Best Practices Conference? It’s an annual gathering in February (in 2015, it was Feb. 26-28) that’s hosted by Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the conference’s general info brochure, it’s “a FREE conference encouraging pastors, church workers and lay people as we reach out with the Gospel of Christ—for those who love the local church, the unchurched and the LCMS.”...

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How great would it be if there were an annual event designed especially to build up and train student leaders in discipleship, leadership and witness—an event at which student leaders attending state universities, schools of the Concordia system, and any kind of college in between, could meet, trade ideas and encourage each other in their faith and ministry? How great would it be if all of it were packed into 18 intensive hours—or less? We think it would be as...

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We’re excited to be able to offer a special Spring Break international mission service opportunity in partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries! Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) supports outreach centers in more than 30 nations around the world. Each is staffed by indigenous Christians who witness to their families and communities—and their home countries—using strategies and tools that are relevant within their own cultures. LHM’s ministry center in Nicaragua, Central America uses media, print resources, children’s programming, and evangelism training workshops to...

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