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From the executive director Over the past year I’ve had some great opportunities to share the message of our D360 resource in a variety of conference settings. I always try to get on the schedule of breakout sessions, and I’ve had some really thoughtful interaction with breakout participants about the idea of whole-life discipleship. But I think what has been more intriguing to me has been my experience with people at LCMA’s exhibit table. I’m sure many conference exhibitors are...

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Nominate or apply now! Last September LCMA was excited to promote Wheat Ridge Ministries’ Emerging Leader Grant Program on our Facebook page. Well, Wheat Ridge has just opened up a new Emerging Leader opportunity! Here’s what they said in a press release dated May 16: Wheat Ridge Ministries is searching for an inspired, young leader to honor with The Richard E. Herman Emerging Leader Award. The award will recognize the commitment and service of one leader whose work is changing...

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It’s in February, yes. It’s in the Midwest, usually northern Indiana—where not that many people travel in February. But you’re going; you leave on Friday afternoon, travel one hundred … two hundred … miles … or more, and then, thirty hours (or less) later, you’re back on your own campus. Why? Because the roughly nineteen hours you spend with 50 to 70 other student leaders and campus ministry directors at the Campus Ministry Leadership Conference helps make a difference in...

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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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