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Welcome to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)! We’re glad you’re here and want to learn more about us. While there are lots of details to share, the basics of LCEF are actually very simple.

How it all began:

The concept of “church extension” began back in 1902 when members of several congregations raised $400 to start a new congregation in a neighboring community. This sharing of God’s blessings and investing to expand Lutherans’ ability to share the Gospel continues now through Lutheran Church Extension Fund, or LCEF.

Why do we exist?

We exist for the sole purpose of empowering ministries in Kingdom work. Our goal each day is to identify opportunities to share our resources in order to expand God’s kingdom as Christ commanded in the Great Commission. We want more people to hear and believe, be baptized and grow in the Word, and join together in God’s saving grace and the gift of eternal life.

Who do we serve?

We are an organization that serves our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) partners in the U.S. and around the world who are passionate about ministry.

What do we do & how do we do it?

LCEF is a financial organization that empowers ministry. Through the dollars invested by over 50,000 individuals, congregations, schools, organizations and businesses, LCEF assists ministries with loans and ministry support services that help leaders respond to growth and community needs. LCEF also offers loans to rostered church workers—those dedicated servants who are on the front lines of ministry.

With our dedicated staff in the National Office in St. Louis, joined by the talented employees in the District offices and volunteers in our congregations and schools, LCEF empowers ministry.  Now celebrating 35 years as “Lutheran Church Extension Fund,” we are thankful for the blessings God has given us as we seek to serve Him.