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From the executive director Each year my home congregation in Weldon Spring, Missouri plans a Christmas-season mission outreach project—usually a whole-congregation-involvement campaign that provides something helpful to a group of folks. This year, quite unbeknownst to me, the mission leaders selected college students. The church’s promo reads, Love U Christmas Mission Project is all about supporting college students. Which college students? Anyone who could use some love and a surprise “Joy Box” in their mailbox. They do not need to...

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LCMA and our partner Lutheran Hour Ministries are announcing two short-term volunteer trip destinations for spring break 2018. Your group can choose to serve at LHM’s ministry center in Jamaica or its center in Nicaragua! Both LHM Jamaica and LHM Nicaragua reach out in under-resourced communities and share the Gospel through children’s and youth ministries.Your group will be involved in light construction and VBS-style children’s-ministry outreach. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus to children, families...

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Ask 50 people at your church the question, “What is worship?” and some, perhaps many, will respond that it’s the time the congregation gathers on Sunday mornings to praise God, hear a message from His Word, celebrate the sacrament of communion and offer prayers as the Body of Christ. Search the Internet for the topic and you will come up with many articles and videos on worship with this as their focus. Well, even though there is little in the...

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Campus Ministry Leadership Conference 2017 is February 10-11—and registration is live! CMLC2017’s intensive leader-training program features speaker Mark Novacek (photo), who directs high school youth and young adult ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Ill. Mark’s topic: “The Power of YES—Amazing Things Happen When We Say YES to the Holy Spirit’s Work in Us.” You and your student leaders will be inspired and energized as Mark shares life stories and opens up Scripture to explore the power and freedom...

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From the executive director I’ve shared before that LCMA’s mission is equipping leaders to make disciples who make disciples on campus. Disciple-building: it’s why we sponsor the Campus Ministry Leadership Conference in Indiana and why we’re ready to sponsor more. It’s why I undertook the task of developing the D360 Bible study resource (although I will admit to a certain amount of personal exhilaration during the research and writing of it). It’s why we’re taking a hard look at offering a retreat-style conference...

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“What do you do after you pray? Would you like to have teams who provide Prayer Care to members, visitors and the community? Are you happy with the Prayer life in your church? Ever feel like you are praying alone?” You’ll encounter these questions—and get answers—when you visit the Google Play or iTunes page for iPrayU, a new prayer app developed by New Jersey District LCMS Urban Missions Strategist Rev. Jim Buckman. The iPrayU tool opens up a community of believers from...

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Browsing the Christian booksellers for a disciple-building resource for students? Check out D360: Nine Conversations About Whole-life Discipleship, a Bible study resource developed by LCMA executive director Greg Koenig. Greg tailored D360 for use by a young adult together with an experienced disciple—but it can be used in group contexts, peer-to-peer discipling relationships, and even personal individual study settings. Conversation (i.e., chapter) titles in D360 include: In the Image; Discipleship: A Life of Response to the Work of the Holy Spirit; Christian Learning:...

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Lutheran Hour Ministries’ great Spring Break Servant Trip opportunities in Jamaica and Uruguay are still open! And we’re exploring an amazing prospect for serving in 2018—in Cambodia! Want to know more? Join LCMA executive director Greg Koenig and Lutheran Hour Ministries on Tuesday, August 30 for a (free!) half-hour “Equip for the Trip” webinar about these opportunities and about what makes an LHM trip one of the most inspiring, one of the most effective servant opportunities available! When: Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 to...

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… for Encouragement, Idea Sharing and More Campus ministry leaders: have you ever wanted somebody to bounce ideas off of—or to brainstorm options with—as you wrestle with a ministry challenge? Do you have great ideas and expertise that would be a benefit and a blessing to your fellow campus leaders? Here’s a great place to come together for both: the Campus Leaders Network—LCMA. Created by LCMA Board member DCE Paige Edgington (Lutheran Student Center, Wichita, Kan.), this Facebook-based group is made up of dedicated...

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Last month, LCMA exec Greg Koenig released D360: Nine Conversations About Whole-life Discipleship, a resource intended for use in a variety of disciple-building relationships. Ignite had an opportunity to ask Greg a few questions about this new learning tool. Ignite: So what’s D360? GK: D360 digs into Scripture to help young-adult believers explore what it looks like to be, and grow as, and help build more disciples of Jesus. Ignite: Aren’t there other discipleship resources already out there? GK: Sure....

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