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Our Partnership in the Gospel

Pastors and People: Proclaiming the Gospel together Phillipians 1:3-6

Heartland District Annual Gathering

July 13-14, 2018

Lutheran Church of the Master--West Campus
1200 N 181st Ct
Elkhorn, NE 68022




Friday, July 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Opening Worship with Holy Communion
8:00 p.m. Fellowship/Refreshments
Getting to Know One Another

Saturday, July 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Opening Devotions
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Lien
10:15 a.m. Break/Refreshments
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
11:30 a.m. Nomination for Open District Council Positions
Noon—Break/Lunch at Church
1:00 p.m. LCMC Speaker Pastor Darrin Vick
LCMC Board of Trustees
2:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Election of District Council Members
2:30 p.m. Installation of Council
2:45 p.m. Closing Prayer & Benediction



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2500 S. 192 Avenue
Omaha, NE 68130

Hilton Garden Inn
17879 Chicago St.
Omaha, NE 68118

There are numerous hotel choices available
within a short driving distance to
LCM. We have not pre-booked a block
of rooms, as you are likely to get as good
or better rates through your favorite
travel app. If you want hotel suggestions
e-mail the gathering coordinator at
steve.chellew @



As we enter post-Christian America, the challenge of proclaiming the Gospel of Je-sus Christ gets harder each day. More than ever, congregations need to find crea-tive ways for pastor and people to work closely together, combining the strengths of the office of the ministry and the priest-hood of all believers effectively.

Conflict, miscommunication, and lack of clarity regarding both the role of pastors and the role of laity distract us from the churches central calling: the Gospel. Are there ways for pastors and people to work more closely as “partners in the Gospel?”

Paul ... 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6, ESV)

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We welcome to our district gathering our keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Lien, former Pastoral Coordinator for our national body, LCMC. Pastor Lien brings many years of experience assisting pastors and people to work more closely together, both as the former Pastoral Coordinator for LCMC and as a pastor himself. Steve Lien, who resigned last August as LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral ministry, is now the Pastor for Growth Ministries at Victory Lutheran Church, Mesa, Arizona. Pastor Lien grew up in New York City, graduated from High School in (Willmar) Minnesota, and went to Bible School, college and seminary in Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He has served as Associate and Senior Pastor in large and small congregations in South Dakota, Texas, Iowa, and California. His background includes a Doctor of Ministry degree focused on organizing and leading congrega-tions for ministry in the 21st Century. He has also received consultant training, and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Pastor Lien and his wife, Joanne, have three grown children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys laughing, running, biking, reading and pontooning with the grandkids at their lake home. Steve has a passion for the health and well-being of pastors and congregations, and he looks forward to sharing what God lays on his heart about our partner-ship in the Gospel.