2015 Annual Gathering

Our DNA

Keynote Speaker #1

October 5, 2015 • Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Bruce serves as senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM.

Keynote Speaker #2

Discussion Panel on LCMC's Past, Present and Future • October 5, 2015 • Rev. Bill Sullivan, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig & Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Bill Sullivan is the Lead Pastor of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL and the former Service Coordinator of LCMC. Mark Vander Tuig (Service Coordinator) and Sharon MacFadyen (Director of Operations) currently serve on the staff of LCMC.

Keynote Speaker #3

October 6, 2015 • Rev. Dr. Paul Cross

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Paul Cross serves as the senior pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND and is frequently a speaker and Bible teacher at churches, conferences and Bible camps.

Keynote Speaker #4

October 6, 2015 • Dr. Steve Paulson

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Steve joined the Luther Seminary faculty as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology in the fall of 1998. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Word and World, Lutheran Quarterly and Dialog. He is the author of "Luther for Armchair Theologians" and the editor of "A More Radical Gospel", "The Captivation of the Will", and "The Preached God", all written by Gerhard Forde.

Keynote Speaker #5

October 7, 2015 • Rev. Bill Bohline

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Bill was called to start Hosanna! Lutheran Church 30 years ago and serves as the congregation's lead pastor.

International Focus: Estonia

October 5, 2015 • Rev. Dr. Ove Sander

Ove Sander serves as president of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Report of the Service Coordinator

October 5, 2015 • Rev. Mark Vander Tuig

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig is the Service Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Mark works to expand and develop the network of congregations in LCMC, offer leadership training and ministry resources for pastors and leaders in the local church, and represents LCMC when meeting with other church bodies in the U.S., as well as abroad. He also oversees the professional staff of LCMC. He began this position September 15th, 2010.

Report of the Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry

Recognition of Seminarians, Pastors & Leaders • October 5, 2015 • Rev. Steve Lien

Pastor Steve Lien, our Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, works with seminarians and pastors navigating our certification process and works alongside office staff in maintaining our lists of active, available for call, emeritus and inactive pastors. He joins others from the Ministry Board in assisting congregations in the call process, those dealing with other transitions or conflict, and helps equip, encourage and train our pastors. At the Annual Gathering, Steve introduces district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians and military chaplains. He also recognizes ordination anniversaries.

Report of the Coordinator for New Ministry Development

Introduction of Church Planters & New Ministry Leaders • October 6, 2015 • Rev. Dan Clites

The Rev. Dan Clites serves as the LCMC's Coordinator for New Ministry Development. Dan coaches and encourages our existing pastors and church leadership teams on becoming missionally-minded and discipleship driven, as well as impacting a city for Christ. His passion, however, is to assess, train, equip and support those who are planting churches and/or are interested in supporting new church starts.

Opening Worship

October 4, 2015 • Pr. Becky Hand

Becky Hand has served as Pastor of Life in Grace Lutheran Church in Odessa , TX since it chartered in 2007. She is also President of Life in Grace Ministries, which she founded in 2004 as a non-profit Biblical teaching ministry.

Closing Worship

October 7, 2015 • Rev. John Waak

John Waak has pastored at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria, Texas for the past nineteen years.

Bible Study #1

October 5, 2015 • Rev. Steven E. King

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Steven is the managing editor for Sola Publishing, which provides educational and worship materials for LCMC, NALC and other orthodox Christians.

Bible Study #2

October 6, 2015 • Rev. Steven E. King

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Rev. Steven E. King is the managing editor for Sola Publishing, which provides educational and worship materials for LCMC, NALC and other orthodox Christians.

Bible Study #3

October 7, 2015 • Rev. Steven E. King

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 15th Annual Gathering in Frisco, TX was all about celebrating the very thing that makes us who we are: our DNA. Steven is the managing editor for Sola Publishing, which provides educational and worship materials for LCMC, NALC and other orthodox Christians.

Growing a Missions Sending Culture

Breakout Session • October 5, 2015 • Rev. William Moberly

There’s more to global missions than simply dispensing benevolence. Jesus’ command is to go and make disciples of all the nations, so that people from every tongue, tribe, people and language will one day gather around the throne! Where will the laborers come from to go and complete the task? Will members young and old catch a missions vision in your church? We’ll discuss practical ways to grow a mission sending culture in your congregation that will help you be meaningfully, strategically and effectively engaged in completing the Great Commission. Rev. William Moberly is the Director of Awakening Lives to World Missions.

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