In a pilot effort to revitalize existing congregations and create
new missional ministries in the Chicago area, the Clarence W.
and Marilyn G. Schawk Family Foundation has provided a grant
to CLEF to form LUKE: Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion.
This Chicago-based urban ministry renewal initiative is a
collaborative effort of CLEF, the Life Spring Network (LSN), the
Northen Illinois District (NID), and Trinity Lutheran Church in
Roselle. The Mission of LUKE is:
To partner with Lutheran CLEF congregations in urban
Chicago and unite them together toward building holistic,
transformational disciple-making communities who are
living on mission with God through Word and Sacrament
Participating congregations include:
Tabor Lutheran Evangelical Church – 3542 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church – 2645 W. Belmont Ave.
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 846 N. Menard Ave.
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 7621 S. Dorchester Ave.
At the highest level the mission is to live in the Light of the
Great Commission. At the local level, the mission is to help
existing churches engage the people of their communities in
relationship-building experiences with Jesus Christ. At the
grass-roots level, the goal is to “grow where you are planted”
and intentionally seek new believers through the working of
the Holy Spirit.
As urban ministry catalysts, each of the partners is committed
to using their unique skills and experiences in providing
support, resources, leadership, mentoring, communication,
coordination, and training while living in the Spirit and
following the Spirit’s leading in all they do. The command to
“Go and make disciples,” is as relevant and as necessary today
as when it was first issued by our Lord.
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