LCMC Youth Event, “Called to Follow.”

July 17-20, 2018 at Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa.

  • For information on this event, click here.

Nexus Institute

Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Three Sessions:

  • June 17-22, 2018
  • June 24-29, 2018
  • July 1-6, 2018
  • This is a free, residential program for the Timothys (high school aged students) in your church who are interested in theology. Per Kyle, “The Nexus Institute
    is not just a fun high school youth event for Lutheran kids. It is a one-week residential experience of vocational discernment, theological learning, and service work — all within the care of a mentoring Christian community, where participants are formed by Scripture, prayer, and fellowship. Each day is an experience of theology seminars, service experiences, fun, rest, and reflection.”To learn more about the Nexus Institute, click here.

    • For details on this free event, click here.
    • The Easter issue of CORE Voice includes an article on this program by its director, Kyle Fever, see page one.

Phase Two of the Pastoral Summit

April 11, 2018 at the Comfort Inn hotel near O’Hare in Chicago.

Information about Pastoral Formation in general can be found here and about Phase Two in particular, including an image gallery, here.

The summer 2017 and Lent 2018 newsletters also discussed Pastoral Formation.

The April 2018 Letter from the Director discussed Phase Two.

NALC Pastors Conference

“Discipleship, Leadership, and the NALC Pastor.”

Dr. James Nestingen, presenter.

January 30 – 1 February 2018 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Information about the outcome of the conference is available starting on page four; click here.

The 2018 March for Life

This gathering occurred on January 19, 2018. Many Lutheran CORE supporting members and partners attended from various Lutheran church bodies.


  • Shortly after the event, an article, Marching for Life in 2018, was posted to Lutheran CORE’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages; it was also sent via Constant Contact.
  • Kim had previously written about this event in the Thanksgiving 2017 edition of the newsletter.

Common Ground Christian Network (CGCN)

This gathering occurred on October 23-24th, 2017. Pastor Cathy Ammlung attended for Lutheran CORE.


Pastor Ammlung wrote about this gathering in the Thanksgiving 2017 edition of the newsletter.

Encuentro (Encounter)

This event occurred October 17-19, 2017 in Joliet, IL.

Lutheran CORE annually co-sponsors an inter-Lutheran Encuentro (Spanish for “Encounter”) for those engaged in or considering Hispanic-Latino / bilingual ministries. The Encuentro features bilingual worship, fellowship, practical ministry presentations, theological reflection and resource sharing in the context of a Lutheran urban parish ministry. Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is the foundational principle of the event. Host sites include St. Timothy Lutheran Church in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago and the First & Santa Cruz Lutheran Parish in downtown Joliet IL. For additional information about Encuentro please contact Pastor Keith Forni, STS, 815-600-3030.


Pre-event Audio Presentation

  • Pastor Brett Jenkins recorded Keith Forni talking about Encuentro in June, 2017. Click on the following link to hear him discuss it.
  • Encuentro

Phase One of Pastoral Summit


The question the first phase of Lutheran CORE’s Pastoral Formation Summit addressed was “From where will our next orthodox and outreach-oriented pastor come?” We need a whole new generation of Lutheran pastors who believe in the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions and are evangelistic in their orientation.

Opening Presentation

Here is a paragraph from the opening presentation by Dr. Mark Mattes, which was chosen to sketch out one thinker’s understanding of the need:

“Lutherans of old had a percentage of pastors on their clergy rosters who were builders, not of course of buildings, but of congregations.  Now, obviously not all pastors are builders.  The word “pastor” means shepherd.  Shepherds care for the flock.  For Lutherans, this care means truthfully preaching the Word of God, administering the sacraments and the office of the keys, admonishing the erring, comforting the bereaved and distressed, teaching the scriptures, and urging godly living.  This is all certainly building up the body of Christ.  But throughout much of Lutheranism’s history there have been a percentage of shepherds who also had the skills and obedient wills to increase membership and involvement in congregations.  Ask any lay person about a pastor in their congregation’s history who was a standout, and a name will quickly surface.  It is that pastor who was the builder. Some congregations are fortunate to have had two or three such pastors.  These pastors exhibit some important character traits:  (1) they are unafraid of the unchurched and eager to engage them; (2) they limit their time in their offices; like a neighborhood police officer, they find various ways to know “their beat”; (3) they see stressful situations as opportunities for both personal and congregational growth; and (4) most importantly (and to use seemingly anarchic language), they want to win men and women for Christ and ground them in a faith commitment.  In other words, they have the gospel at the ready on their lips and find ways to speak God’s Word to the unchurched, teach them the faith, and walk with them to baptism and life in Christian fellowship.  For builders, sharing the faith is not cultural insensitivity but a mandate from Christ.  They refuse to let fear of rejection govern their witness, quickly shake the dust from their sandals, and find the next person to speak to.  In the Lutheran tradition, builders are thus not only biblical and confessional, but also resilient and evangelistic.  Those congregations growing in the ELCA today tend to have pastoral leadership which exhibit these traits.”

  • Dr. Mattes was one of the organizers of the first phase of the summit.
  • His paper was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Lutheran Forum.
  • Dr. Mattes’ full audio presentation can be accessed here.

Learn More

To learn even more about Phase One, click here.

LCMC 17th Annual Gathering

  • Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s Annual Gathering was held October 8-11, 2017. It was a four-day event featuring keynote speakers, worship and Bible study, breakout sessions, vendors and plenty of opportunities for fellowship and networking. Please visit for more info.
  • Dennis Nelson wrote about this event in the October 2017 letter from the director.

North American Lutheran Church (NALC) Convocation

This gathering occurred in Nashville August 9-11, 2017. Pastors Dennis Nelson,  Cathy Ammlung, Brett Jenkins, and Eric Swensson  attended for LCORE.


Dennis Nelson wrote about the NALC convocation in Lutheran CORE’s fall newsletter.