Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique ministry-through-investment organization that offers Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members the opportunity to invest their money, earn interest, and help build LCMS churches and schools at the same time.

LCEF - Central Region serves Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod organizations and members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Learn more about LCEF at


Celebrating Lutheran Educators

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) helped celebrate Lutheran educators at the Minnesota South District President's Conference in Mankato on Oct. 17, 2013.  At the end of the day, Conference Convener Laura Langhoff congratulates Teacher Jessica Hess on her gift from LCEF, a new iPad Mini. Jessica is a teacher at Prince of Peace Academy of Messiah Lutheran Church, Moundsview, Minn. Prayers of thanksgiving for all of our MNS District educators! 


Immanuel Lutheran School Dedicated this September

Thanks to LCEF investors’ support, Lutheran Church Extension Fund is blessed to help fund this new school construction in Gaylord, Minn. With the new space, Immanuel L.S. opened “Shining Stars Learning Center.” The child care has already reached capacity with a waiting list. What an opportunity to reach others for Christ!

Pictured below, Immanuel celebrated the dedication of their new school on the afternoon of Sun., Sept. 22, 2013. 


Schmidt Named Director of LCMS School Ministry

Terry L. Schmidt has been named director of School Ministry for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) effective July 1. 

LCMS School Ministry serves as a voice for Lutheran schools, upholding the standards of Christ-centered schools that are academically strong and respectfully operated. Schmidt will oversee the ministry – which serves more than 2,335 LCMS schools across the country – as it works to assist, equip and uplift educators and church leaders in their vocation of developing children as disciples of Jesus Christ. He also will oversee the ministry’s work to advocate for professional excellence, provide relevant resources and services, and build collaborative systems of service and support. 

“LCMS School Ministry has been richly blessed by Terry’s service and ministry. His work with National Lutheran School Accreditation has been exemplary. Terry is the ideal person to now take the helm and lead School Ministry in new directions,” said the Rev. Bart Day, executive director, LCMS Office of National Mission. “Terry thinks outside the box and gets things done. He will bring his experience, relationships and enthusiasm to the task of expanding supporting for our Lutheran schools.” Continue Reading...


Walls Going Up!

"The first wall went up this morning; what an exciting event! The school kids were outside watching and we're all rejoicing," said Immanuel Lutheran Church Secretary Phyllis Meffert in Gaylord yesterday (Sept. 19, 2012.) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to support Immanuel Lutheran School as they begin construction on their new building. Visit our newsfeed and Facebook often to see the progress!

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