Family of God: Home to the Homeless

June 19, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Alturo is in his mid-30s. He’s wearing an unbuttoned ultra-light yellow PVC rain suit over a thick canvas work jacket and pants. Outside, it’s dark and snowing heavily. Alturo shifts relentlessly in the church pew and likes to ask what it is like where you live, reaching out with his arm and hooking the air […]


The 3 Reasons Why LCEF Can Celebrate 40 Years...

June 15, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Forty years ago today Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) began its long and honored privilege of supporting the Church. Throughout those years, we have created faith-filled partnerships with Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) individuals, congregations and organizations, strengthening families, churches and communities. It was a modest start with a few employees crammed in a rented office […]


Mr. LCEF: Fred E. Lietz

June 11, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Fred E. Lietz served as the first full-time Synod church extension executive. He served at the national level for 22 years (1957-1979) and was instrumental in the growth of the Church Extension Fund (CEF) from an LCMS department to its incorporation in 1978 as a national entity—Lutheran Church Extension Fund. That’s why some people refer […]


Could Students Actually Get Closer to God Whi...

June 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill., is in a unique position. Less than half a mile away on its east and west edges sit two schools: Benedictine University and North Central College. While Benedictine is Roman Catholic and North Central is Methodist neither school puts an emphasis on nurturing students’ spiritual lives. In fact, for some […]


An Inside Look at LCEF’s First 40 Years...

June 4, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

LCEF turns 40 this year, and much has changed since its beginning in 1978. In a crammed downtown St. Louis office, LCEF consisted of simple investment notes, stacks of green and white-striped accordion computer reports, bag phones and large modems under mismatched desks. Typewriters crowded tables and chairs effortlessly tipped. No email, no FedEx and […]


How One District Is Transforming Their Leader...

June 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Editor’s Note:  To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Transition rarely happens without complication. The way Rev. Robert A. Schulze sees it, it’s also ripe with opportunity. Schulze, who graduated from […]