WELCOME



WELCOME TO CHRIST LINCOLN

We strive to connect people to Christ, and together, grow in His Word. We are an LCMS church that seeks to be welcoming to everyone. We believe that God works through everyone. No matter what your story is, we are so glad you are here! We have a few staff members that want to welcome you to Christ:


SUE ANNE PHILSON

Director, Welcome Ministries

Welcome to the Christ Lincoln! I’m glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our church family. As I describe Christ Lincoln to people, I use words like “community” and “family.” You will find we are a vibrant church with lots of activities for all ages. We meet you where you are and help you find a comfortable place to belong. Come to a worship service and experience the close-up, in-person, fellowship that comes when people share time together.

"Come with your gifts, pain, hope, and fears. Come with a mind ready to engage, and a heart open to grow. You are welcome here!"

Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed at Christ Lincoln. Our prayers are that once you're here, you will meet God, and as a result of meeting God, give your life to Jesus Christ. Come with your gifts, your pain, your hope, your fears and get ready to experience a growth of heart and mind. We would love to get to know you better and have you become part of our Christ Lincoln family, please join us for worship or any of our activities.  

DR. LUKE SCHNAKE

Pastor, Sanctuary Worship

Welcome to Christ Lincoln. Primary to our overall ministry is the time to worship our Savior. In these moments, He blesses us in His Holy Word, and also in the feast which is His own Body and Blood found in The Lord's Supper. We sing. We pray. We learn. In all of this, He is the One who is blessing us, feeding us, encouraging us, comforting us, directing us.

"Regardless of your worship style, we are blessed to have you here as we walk together with the goal of strengthening our faith."

At Christ Lincoln, we are blessed with different settings and styles of worship. The differences are as much about learning styles as they are about things of music and such. 211 Sumner and 211 Yankee Hill are multi-sensory services and feature bands and parable-style preaching. Our Sanctuary worship setting features textual/expository preaching, with our hymn singing bolstered by organ, brass and choirs. Regardless of your worship style, we are blessed to have you here as we walk together with the goal of strengthening our faith.

MIKE MILBOURN

Chief Operations Officer

Welcome to Christ Lincoln! We’re glad you are here. Our team is guided by our mission statement: Connecting people to Christ, and together growing in his word. From our facilities to our communication, we seek to serve you by working together to do everything we can to offer a welcoming, caring and genuine experience whenever you come to see us. We meet you wherever you are in your faith journey and look forward to learning about you and growing together.

"We meet you wherever you are in your faith journey and look forward to learning about you and growing together."

As a staff, everything we do during the week is done to lead you in various means of connecting to God. Our staff exists to create a genuine and authentic experience for you every day of the week, including Sundays. We would love to connect with you as you journey through life. No matter who you are, where you come from, or where you are in your faith walk, there's a place for you at Christ Lincoln!


WHO WE ARE

If you're new here, we want to welcome you! We also want to help you get to know us better. Take a look at our history, meet our staff and our Lay Leadership Board (LLB) members, and read some of our church documents below:


OUR HISTORY

Christ Lutheran Church began in October of 1949, meeting first in the school building at Calvary Lutheran, 28th and Sumner streets. The church moved to its present location not long after, and built the first chapel. The church has been served by four senior pastors over the course of its 70 years of service to our Lord Jesus and the community of Lincoln: Pastor A.G. Ahman (1949-1954), Pastor John Bredehoft (1954-1957), Pastor Charles Reimnitz (1958-1996), and Pastor Luke Schnake (1997 to present). Our Lord has blessed the ministry of our church over these many years. Additional staff, the many building projects, and many mission and education ministries have happened over these 70 years. The church started very small, but with the Lord’s blessings, we have grown much in these years, and we pray for continued blessings for the future.

So much has happened through the years at Christ Lincoln! Take a look at our extended timeline below.

Want to know what has happened recently at Christ Lincoln? Take a look at our annual report below.


OUR LAY LEADERSHIP BOARD

Working under what is known as policy-based governance, the nine-member Lay Leadership Board (LLB) meets monthly to receive ministry reports through the Director of Ministries and other staff members. LLB is charged with establishing the critical targets for the congregation and to work closely with the Director of Ministries, to see that they are met. The four critical targets are: to connect people to the Lord Jesus Christ; to connect people to Christ Lutheran Church; to connect people to our staff; to connect members with each other. LLB also approves the ministry budget.

MEMBERS

CHAIRMAN  Tony Saeger

VICE CHAIRMAN  Ryan Wittman

SECRETARY  Valerie Dorfmeyer

Chris Cox

Heidi Cuca

Tom Lorenz

Gary Pickering

Kristy Plander

Rick Stowell


OUR STAFF


WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Christ Lincoln, we do everything we do so that all may know Jesus. We look to help our congregants grow in their love for God and assist them in diving deeper into relationship with Christ. Take a look below as we have a list of our beliefs as a church:


WE BELIEVE that we are created and loved by the only true God.  God reveals Himself to us in Holy Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons and yet one God. WE BELIEVE that in the beginning God created the entire universe and everything in it by the power of His Word. WE BELIEVE that God loves all people and desires an intimate relationship with us. However human beings, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing through history to each of us, have broken that relationship with God by our sin (missing the mark of perfection which God requires). We would all be lost forever, but... WE BELIEVE that, in spite of our sin, God continues to love us. Because of His love, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to rescue us from our lost condition. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified and died in our place (Good Friday), and raised again on the third day (Easter Sunday).

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit, through the Means of Grace (His Word, Baptism and Holy Communion), draws us into a faith relationship with God whereby we receive forgiveness and the gift of eternal life, restoring us to a beautiful relationship with our Creator! The Holy Spirit also strengthens our faith through these same Means of Grace. WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error in the original manuscripts. These Scriptures are the sole source of our teaching. WE BELIEVE that through the church God equips and empowers believers to serve Him by serving others and sharing the good news about Jesus.

 

WE ARE a Lutheran congregation and a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS is a group of about 6000 congregations who affiliate with one another - each congregation is different from others, and yet we share the same commitment to the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God and to the Lutheran Confessions as a correct exposition of the Scriptures.