Dear friend of Lutheran campus ministry, We pray that your worship and celebrations in honor of our Savior’s birth have been filled with rich blessings. At Lutheran Campus Mission Association (LCMA), we are looking forward to some exciting opportunities to support local Lutheran campus ministries in disciple-building, leader development and more. Last February LCMA was proud to sponsor the first-ever Campus Ministry Leadership Conference (CMLC), held in Cedar Lake, Indiana; more than 50 ministry and student leaders were inspired and...

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From the executive director “Wish they’d had something like this when I was that age.” I freely confess: I did wish that. What made me do it? A trip to St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Mo. Now, they actually did have St. Paul High School back when I was much younger—but what they didn’t have was Peer Ministry Training, or PMT, which is presented by the Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and hosted at St. Paul...

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Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, Lutheran Campus Mission Association, in partnership with St. Louis-based Lutheran Hour Ministries, will offer international short-term spring break volunteer ministry experiences customized for students and young adults. Projects for 2016 are in development now. Here are the details so far: Two different spring break weeks will be selected; Ministry groups from more than one student ministry are welcome (encouraged!) to sign up; Two ministry centers in Latin America will be offered as hosts; potential...

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The Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is a one-day annual event held in northern Indiana that brings together students so they can learn from each other, encourage each other in faith, enjoy fellowship together and develop as leaders. The CMLC presents speakers who lend their insight into campus and mainstream culture, disciple-building, peer ministry and outreach. Students and ministry leaders: come to CMLC 2015, February 6-7 in Cedar Lake, Indiana! CMLC 2015 will feature speaker Sarah Guldalian. Sarah is co-owner of St. Louis-based...

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By Mary Rowley, Campus Missionary at Florida State University At 12:30 AM on Thursday, November 20th, a gunman entered Strozier Library at Florida State University. He shot and injured three people before being gunned down by law enforcement. I’m writing this the day after the incident occurred. “It felt like an eternity, when it was really only a couple of minutes.” “I left the library at about 12:15. I was swiping into my dorm when I heard the gunshots.” “We thought there...

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Missouri District presents COLLEGE Peer Ministry Training October 2014 MODULE #4  ACTIVE LISTENING/CRISIS MANAGEMENT PRESENTER: Rev. Gene Wyssmann—Assistant to the Missouri District President, Pastor, and Counselor WHEN:  Friday, October 3 (7:00 p.m.) through Sunday, October 5, 2014 (11:30 a.m.) WHERE:  Saint Paul Lutheran High School COST:  $230.00 per participant For more info, visit golcma.org/pmt. Questions? Email pmtMissouri@gmail.com. Is your school in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska? Non-Missouri schools are eligible, and there’s no extra cost; email us to learn...

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26 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: The harvest field is real—and we’re not the only ones who know.

From the executive director Here’s a back-to-school story for you. I spent my freshman and sophomore years at Concordia College—now University—in Austin (at that time, long ago, it was a two-year school); then I transferred to the University of Texas a few blocks away to complete my undergrad degree. Near the end of my first day on campus as a junior at UT, I was strolling up the north end of the University Drag, Guadalupe Street, when I was stopped...

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23 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: Called in a new direction (again): “startup” consulting!

When the Lutheran Campus Mission Association was formed in 2004, one of the charter focuses of its ministry was to help start new campus groups and revitalize dormant ones. Over the past year as we devoted much prayer, thought and discussion to developing a renewed vision for LCMA, we determined not to make these types of consulting services one of our primary pursuits—but rather to focus on services such as providing training and resources to support leaders.It appears God had other ideas. Last winter...

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By Mary Rowley and Katie Boltwood Lutheran Campus Mission Association’s Peer Missionary Volunteer (PMV) program has a sister program in the LCMS’ Florida-Georgia District called the Lutheran Campus Initiative (LCI). During 2014-2015, LCI Missionaries Katie Boltwood and Mary Rowley will send us updates as they serve the community at Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Junior College. Their introductory article does a great job of describing the LCI program and their expectations as they begin their assignment. Greetings...

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21 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: A … Pancake Ministry?

By Paul Knickelbein As the new academic year begins, no doubt you’re thinking hard about how to connect with your campus community. Guest contributor Paul Knickelbein tells the story of Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Mich. and its unique late-night outreach that’s packing in hungry Eastern Michigan University students. It all started on a Sunday  afternoon late in July. Cross and Resurrection is a small family church that moved onto a college campus and we are trying to figure out how to serve the...

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