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We are all imperfect, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. At Lincoln Berean Church, we hope you’ll find a group of authentic people who love God and each other. We believe church is about people — people discovering relationships with Jesus and with one another. So we want to know your name and hear your story. Since you’re visiting this page, we’re guessing you’d like to know a little about us as well. So here goes.
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In 1961, a small group of believers meeting for Bible study and prayer “became hungry for more depth, more sincerity, evidence of some fruit, and a vision for a ministry with real purpose.” In November of that year, this group of believers stepped out in faith and chartered the Berean Church of Lincoln, Nebraska.
In May 1962, Pastor Curt Lehman accepted the call from this body of believers to become the first pastor of Lincoln Berean Church.
The first official service of Lincoln Berean Church was held on June 3, 1962 in the original YMCA building at 13th and P Streets with 32 people attending.
In December of that year, Pastor Lehman stated that “we have a responsibility to…the people of Lincoln…the surrounding towns and the world…may God give us the courage to stand true and never waver.”
In November, 1964 the church moved to a newly remodeled building at 11th & M Streets.
Average attendance: 135
In June, 1968 the church moved to 17th and A Streets. Shortly after, the first staff member was hired.
Average attendance: 200
In 1978, land was purchased at 70th & Hwy 2 to construct a new facility.
“When it was so obvious we had to do something about moving away from A Street… so many, many said “they will never follow you clear out there… they won’t drive out that far.”
– Claudine Lehman
“Faith demands change, and change produces insecurity, and insecurity produces fear– but at the same time, God provides faith.”
– Curt Lehman
In March 1981, the new church building was complete and ready for services.
Average attendance: 450
In September 1981, the new 750-seat sanctuary was complete and ready for services.
Average attendance: 1,020
“We have not put an emphasis on attendance figures, but rather have sought to train as many faithful disciples as possible. If that causes numerical growth in this church, praise the Lord!”
– Curt Lehman
In 1994, after 32 years of leading Lincoln Berean Church, Pastor Lehman announced his desire to retire as Senior Pastor.
In January 1995, Bryan Clark became the Senior Pastor.
Bryan grew up in Lincoln, attending Lincoln Berean Church. He was pastor of the Berean Church of Broken Bow, Nebraska for ten years before returning to Lincoln.
In the 1998 Annual Report, Pastor Clark stated: “Our mission is to glorify God by seeking to present every person complete in Christ. This is the fuel that drives the engine at Lincoln Berean. We give our time and talents to serve God by serving people. The church is about people because God is about people.”
In 2000 we expanded the building again due to growth – for additional classrooms and community space.
Average attendance: 2,100
In 2003, we were facing
– Five weekend services
– No space for growth
– Debt: $2.8 million
– Stagnant giving
“One member shared he had worked for years to get a friend to attend church at Berean. Unknown to him, his friend decided to show up on his own one Sunday morning… he was greeted with the news that the auditorium was full, there was no room.”
– Bryan Clark, Senior Pastor
We chose to follow God’s lead and take big steps of faith to move forward with
1. New Auditorium
2. Youth Complex
3. North Pointe Church Plant (north Lincoln, NE)
4. Southeast Asia Church Plants
5. Leadership College
On Easter Sunday, we moved into the current auditorium with 2,500 seats (with an unfinished balcony for additional growth). This additional space allowed us to go from six weekend services to three services.
Average attendance: 2,780
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