How a Demographic Study Could Help Your Churc...

August 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Even before the May 1, 2017 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]


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 […]


Nebraska District Invests Heavily in Healthy ...

April 27, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Editor’s Note: To celebrate the opening of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant proposal process, 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 Since the first century, the mission of the Church has been simple: tell people about Jesus and His love for […]


A New Start For the New Year

January 5, 2018 | Posted by Art Scherer

Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]


Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]


How the Hopeless Are Hearing about Christ in ...

December 11, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2016 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2016 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Lionel Cebreros, a brawny, playful man with a big smile, was working in the back of the God Cares About You—East Albuquerque […]