LCU Values Church Partnerships
Since its founding as Lincoln Bible Institute in 1944, Lincoln Christian University has prioritized an inseparable partnership with the local church. For the first seven years of the school’s history, Earl C Hargrove, our founding president, continued to serve as minister of Lincoln Christian Church. In those early days, professors and students filled the pulpits of churches throughout Illinois and the Midwest. They continue to today.
Through the years, the partnership between local churches and LCU has become an even more meaningful and mutually beneficial collaboration. We depend upon churches for prayer partnership, prospective students, and financial resources that are invested in equipping the next generation of Kingdom leaders. The church has for generations now depended on LCU for well-equipped leaders – preachers and pastors, youth and worship and children’s ministers, and leaders in virtually every other kind of church ministry – as well as knowledgeable and impassioned congregants. This “two way street” relationship has always been the foundation of LCU’s educational approach, and remains so.
Enabled by hundreds of local church partnerships, LCU continues to fulfill its mission of nurturing and equipping Lincoln Leaders “to serve and lead in the Church and the world.” Below are several opportunities and services LCU offers for the benefit of churches:
LCU Comes to You
A couple of these services have specific links. For those that don’t, email the Advancement Office or call 217-732-3168 for more info.
Elder and Leader Development
Members of our faculty or staff will come train and consult with church leaders on the specific needs of your church.
LCU can help you determine the health and direction of your congregation through formal and informal assessment tools.
Faculty members are available to present seminars to church groups on a variety of Biblical topics and ministry skills.
Each year, LCU sends student teams into select summer camps throughout the Midwest to provide support, mentoring, and leadership to campers.
Request for Camp Teams
Student Ministry Teams
LCU’s worship ministries program serves the local church by providing contemporary or traditional worship teams for weekend services, junior or senior high school retreats, faith promise weekends, and other church events as requested.
Churches and students benefit from hands-on opportunities that act as a capstone to the undergraduate experience.
Estate Planning Seminars
Our professional estate planning team provides significant benefits to churches as they help their members plan their personal estates. Through these estate plans, many members have included estate gifts to their local church and other related ministries.
Pulpit Supply and Guest Speakers
Do you need someone to fill the pulpit for a week while the minister is on vacation or ill? Are you looking for someone to do an interim ministry of several months while you search for a new minister? Are you looking for just the right person to provide your congregation with specific Bible teaching or a ministry skills seminar? Contact us here. We’d love to help.
Room For Doubt
Room For Doubt is a grant-sponsored apologetics program that provides speaking services and many online resources, including curricula for churches, small groups, camps, Christian schools, homeschools, and personal discipleship development. LCU partner churches (those that financially support LCU) qualify for a 50% discount on the program’s “Basic Questions” six-week, church-wide message and discussion series. If you are a partner church, please contact Room For Doubt for a discount code before you order this curriculum.
Come to Our Campus in Lincoln, Illinois
Church Leaders’ Conference
Hundreds of church leaders gather on our campus each spring to learn from internationally known speakers. This event is perfect for pastors, elders, and active church volunteers.
Midwest Ministers’ Retreat & Summit
A smaller affair geared specifically for church pastors that provides an opportunity to learn and grow together through featured speakers and experience sharing.
Christian Women’s Conference
LCU’s Christian Women’s Conference is a one-day event for women who seek Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal. Attendees experience extraordinary worship and hear life-changing messages delivered by some of the finest Christian motivational speakers in the country.
On-Campus Youth Events
Periodic events are designed to help teens and youth leaders develop a Christian worldview and leadership skills. The Vine is an overnight high school event held each spring. The Forge is an overnight junior high event held each fall. Check out our Visit Campus page to see other opportunities for students to connect with the LCU educational experience.
Every summer, LCU offers athletic camps for boys and girls in grades 5 through 12, providing a Christ-centered atmosphere with skills, drills, and game competition in basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
The Strauss, Webb, and Seminary lectureships provide a forum for bringing a wide range of noted scholars, teachers, preachers, and other church and world influencers to the LCU campus. This events are open to the public.
Christmas in the Chapel
Each December, LCU undergraduates tell the Christmas story afresh, woven into a lively musical production.
Meet Us Online
Let candidates know about an open ministry position at your church, or let churches know you’re looking for a ministry through the Open Ministries link.
Browse and listen to sermons from LCU’s chapel services and special lectures here.
Anyone can use the Jessie C. Eury Library resources within the library facility. A Library Courtesy Card is required to checkout a resource.
Support LCU financially by clicking here.
LCU has a growing number of classes and degree programs you can take from your own home. You can begin or continue your journey as student here.