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LUKE Ministry

LUKE (Lutheran Urban Kingdom Expansion) Ministry is a Chicago urban renewal initiative. The goal is to partner with Lutheran congregations in urban Chicago and unite them in building holistic, transformational disciple-making communities who are living on mission with God through Word and Sacrament ministry.

Visit LUKE's website to learn more about this amazing ministry!

Recent Devotionals

Life in the Spirit – Relationship – Overseeing 3

Matthew 18:15-20 (NLT) [Jesus said] “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

When one Christian brother or sister sins against another, creating relational discord, the Christian’s responsibility is to not push them away, but rather to lovingly confront them. And leaders must lead the way, modeling how to rebuild trust in broken relationships. We have to protect the relational unity of the church.

Life in the Spirit – Guidance – Overseeing 2

Mark 6:6b-13 (NLT) Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.
“Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.

Jesus gives a clear task to his disciples before sending them out, combining responsibility and authority. And he never sends them out alone. but always in community with others (a partner in this case). This guidance is an important part of godly leadership. Spiritual leadership needs to help people see what the mission of God looks like for them, and encourages them to walk in the Spirit.

LSN Blog

Coaches Corner February 2017
What Journey Are You On? This past week, I had the privilege of traveling to Phoenix for the Best Practices Conference at Christ Church.  Over 2000 churchgoing believers attend this conference for fellowship, rest, celebration, education and inspiration.  In many keynote, breakout and even...
Coaches Corner January 2017
Recalibrate…Good Times!  C’mon! January is a common month for us to make resolutions toward change.  We often search ourselves to determine priorities for change, and many of these resolutions seek to change the outside of us by what we do:  eat better, exercise more, spend less money, help...

Upcoming Events

Disciple Making Summit

July 15, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This annual summit experience is designed to help you and your leadership team continue to sharpen yourselves as disciple-makers who are carrying out our Lord’s Great Commission.