Since its founding as Lincoln Bible Institute in 1944, Lincoln Christian University has enjoyed 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 pastor of the Lincoln Christian Church. In those early days, professors and students filled the pulpits of churches throughout the state of Illinois.
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, for volunteer leadership, for prospective students, and for financial resources that are invested in equipping the next generation of Kingdom leaders. Local churches all across the country look to LCU for helpful resources and vital services. It is our desire that you will take advantage of the opportunities for LCU to serve you that are described below.
Because of your partnership, LCU continues to fulfill its mission of nurturing and equipping Lincoln Leaders “to serve and lead in the Church and the world.” We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with your church in advancing the Kingdom of God across this nation and around the world. May all that we do bring honor to our Lord Jesus Christ as together we further the work of the Gospel for the glory of God.
LCU’s Five-Star Promises for the Church:
- We promise an annual visit. One of our faculty or staff will visit your church, at your invitation, to serve in the best way possible.
- We promise an annual report. Our president will send a written report to your church on the state of the University each year.
- We promise to assist in filling open ministry positions. This includes listing your open positions on the LCU website, assistance with posting your openings, and referral services.
- We promise to help your leaders be lifelong learners. We will provide one free non-credit class per year for one member of your church.
- We promise to help churches be better stewards. We provide estate planning seminars.
LCU Comes to You
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 high school summer camps throughout the Midwest to provide support, mentoring, and leadership to campers.
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 at by email. We’d love to help.
Come to Our Campus in Lincoln, Illinois
Annual Church Leaders’ Conference
Hundreds of church leaders gather on our campus to learn from internationally known speakers.
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.
Other Specialized Conferences
LCU hosts smaller conferences and summit meetings for various specialized ministry tasks and contexts.
On-Campus Youth Events
Periodic events are designed to help teens and youth leaders develop a Christian worldview and leadership skills. View our Events Calendar to see what’s coming next.
Every summer, LCU’s four-day athletic camps for boys and girls in grades 5 through 12 provide 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.
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.
View books, video, and audio resources in our Library. Some items are available onsite for checkout.
Financially support LCU by clicking here.
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