ABOUT LCM

Overview of LCM

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20
 
THE MISSION
“mission gives your life purpose”
“The mission of Lutheran Church of the Master is to make Christ known
to all people; aiding them to become baptized believers, equipping them
to become committed disciples of Christ, and inspiring them to become Christian servant-leaders in God’s Church and world.”
 
THE VISION
“vision gives your life direction”
“To share the Love of Christ Today!”
 
THE CORE VALUES
“values give your life character”
Our core values are rooted in the Word of God and lived out in
the ministry of people of all ages.
 
 

Three Ways to Belong

Welcome! We’re thrilled you’re exploring what it means to be part of the community at LCM. Below, you’ll see the three primary ways people can choose to belong here. Joining the community is a significant step toward integrating into the life of the church. Explore the information in this guidebook to help you get to know LCM as your potential church home.
 
ATTEND SERVICES OR EVENTS
All people are welcome to attend LCM and be part of our church and ministries—including weekend, midweek and holiday services; classes; workshops; and special events. LCM is a safe, loving place where everyone can explore a relationship with God, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey.
 
JOIN THE LCM COMMUNITY

If LCM is your home church and you can declare the following, then the LCM community is for you.  

  1. I am a baptized believer and follower of Jesus.
    1. I have read and accept LCM’s Mission and Vision Statement, directives for Community Development and Faith Community Statements.   b. I affirm the Holy Scriptures and the Creeds as authoritative in community life.
  2. I agree to be respectful and honoring.
  3. I want to help build this church and the broader church by using my gifts and resources for God.

 

JOIN THE SERVANT-LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY

While many of LCM volunteer roles are open to anyone in the church, specific roles in each ministry require being part of the Servant- Leadership Community because volunteers who serve in these areas represent the church or provide spiritual guidance for others.   Those who are part of this community have read and signed the LCM Servant-Leadership covenant, completed servant-leadership training and declared the following:    

  1.  I am part of the LCM Community.
  2.  I commit to leading a spiritually surrendered life.
  3.  I commit to displaying a Christ-like attitude in every interaction.
  4.  I model a whole-life commitment to the church’s beliefs,values, and strategies.
  5.  I commit to pursuing a life above reproach.
  6.  I commit to giving God my best as I serve and lead in my current role(s).
 
 
 
 
 

History

It was on June 29, 1959, that Pastor Robert DeYoung, newly ordained, arrived in Omaha to organize a church in the southwest part of the city. First services were held in a dance studio, and later in a former tavern. The infant congregation struggled with the problems of purchasing a site and building its own house of worship. Ground was broken at the present location at 114th and Center streets on May 29, 1960, and the first service was held in it less than seven months later. In January of 1961, the congregation became self-supporting.
 
When the congregation was formally organized on December 6, 1959, it was 78 baptized members strong. Ten years later baptized membership totaled 1,325. Entering upon its silver anniversary year in 1984, LCM had 2,176 baptized members. Currently membership is at 2,623. To keep up with steady growth, LCM built a second wing, dedicated on May 24, 1964. Three years later a fund drive for a main sanctuary was launched, and the new structure was dedicated on June 7, 1970.
 
By the end of the 1970’s, it was obvious that even these facilities were inadequate, and a new building project was undertaken resulting in expanding the seating area in the sanctuary, opening new basement space and remodeling other available space. The expanded facilities were dedicated on April 10, 1983.
 
In about 1999, LCM became concerned with some of the things the ELCA was doing or failing to do. LCM responded by becoming a founding member of the Lutheran Churches in Mission for Christ in 2001 while trying unsuccessfully to get the ELCA to change. LCM voted to leave the ELCA effective September 1, 2002. The decision had the unanimous support of the Council and the pastors, and over 81 percent of the voting members at a special congregational meeting.
 
In the late 1990’s, LCM concluded that the size of the church building and the inability to expand parking was having a negative impact on their ministry. It was determined that there were a significant number of members who did not want to leave the present building. The final decision was to become a dual site church—one church at two locations. It was decided to remodel and slightly enlarge the present building (this was completed in 2005), buy 28 acres of land at 180th and Dodge streets (this was done in 2003) and construct phase one of
a new church facility on the 28 acres that was completed in 2006.
 
Phase one included a family life center (combination gym and worship area),
office space, and a number of rooms for Sunday school, youth activities and meetings. The first worship service was held on July 16, 2006.
 
LCM became a designated teaching center for the Institute of Lutheran Theology in 2008 and started a Nuer Language ministry for members of the South Sudanese community in Omaha in 2014. The Sudanese community would become its own recognized LCMC congregation in 2017 while continuing to hold serves at our East Campus (114th & Center) site. To expand our mission to the Sudanese community, LCM became a teaching center for the South Sudan Seminary in 2017.
 
 

Dual-Site Ministry

LCM is one church with multiple locations, or campuses. Our locations are chosen and designed to connect people to Jesus and one
another by loving where we are. We believe bringing the church to more communities is a great way for everyone in our faith community to reach more people with Jesus’ love. Our campuses serve the specific needs of the areas in which they are located, while receiving centralized leadership from the 114th & Center campus.
 
HOW IS/DOES HAVING MULTIPLE SITES HELP THE OVERALL COMMUNITY.

Having multiple sites has several benefits to the overall faith community:

  1. Encourages untapped talent to emerge with additional service opportunities
  2. Creates a platform for intentional leadership development.
  3. Improves stewardship by directly affecting the local community around the site.
  4. Enjoys the benefit of both large and small churches.
  5. Fosters an effective evangelistic strategy by focusing on going out and not up.
 
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE ON SUNDAY AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.
Expect to see the same Campus Pastor and Worship Coordinator every Sunday with the entire pastoral team taking turns proclaiming a sermon message. The Campus Pastor will be dedicated to their assigned campus for visitations, teaching and service opportunities.
 
They will also be involved in several whole church activities. The Senior and Executive Pastor will rotate between the campuses providing connection to the whole faith community.
 
AS THE CHURCH GROWS, WILL THERE BE MORE SITES ADDED?

When planning ministry, we focus on community needs. We first answer, “Why does THIS church NEED to be HERE?” The answer will vary greatly from town to town and from neighborhood to neighborhood. We focus on what is essential to faith and salvation and adapt everything else to where the people are. As a result, we strive to meet people where they are and look to reach out and not build up in one location.