About Us

Lincoln Christian University is a Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. The principal means we use to accomplish this mission are teaching, learning, leading, and serving through undergraduate and graduate programs offered in three schools, each of which has a distinct educational goal:

The School of Undergraduate Studies is a residential undergraduate school whose educational goal is to prepare servant leaders who know God's Word, engage God's world, and pursue God's will for their lives.

The Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies is an undergraduate and graduate school for working adults whose educational goal is to enable servant leaders to be more effective in their chosen professions through programs delivered through non-traditional means taught from a Christian worldview.

The Seminary is a graduate theological school whose educational goal is to develop servant leaders to equip churches and church-related organizations to carry out Christ's Great Commission in the world.

We believe our highest privilege is to glorify God, serve His Son, and rely upon His Holy Spirit. To that end we pledge ourselves to these core values:

Authentic community that fosters Christian character, conduct, accountability, and unity amidst growing diversity.

Holistic development of students in and out of the classroom as spiritually mature and academically prepared lifelong learners.

Servant leadership and its focus on leading and learning through serving, based on one's gifts, passion, and sense of calling.

Responsible stewardship of the abilities and resources that God provides for and through His people.

Our Restoration heritage and its plea for Christian unity and Biblical authority in carrying out God's global mission.

Lincoln Christian University is a Christian higher education community affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. These churches arose from the Restoration Movement begun in the early 19th century on the American frontier under the leadership of such men as Barton Stone and Alexander Campbell. Churches within the Stone-Campbell heritage seek to honor Jesus' prayer in John 17, promoting world evangelism by practicing unity in the church based upon the restoration of Biblical authority and the essential elements of New Testament Christianity. This movement refuses to embrace extra-biblical creeds as tests of fellowship, standing on the Scriptures alone as the foundation for faith and practice. Furthermore, each congregation is self-governing under Christ, so individual churches may differ from one another on non-essentials. Therefore, the statements that follow are descriptive, not creedal—designed to help people understand the positions generally held by Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, including Lincoln Christian University. We believe that:

God is one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Col. 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming (Rom. 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children (I John 1:3).

Jesus of Nazareth is the incarnation of God the Son. He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is head of the Church.

The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the Church. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.

The Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the authoritative revelation from God by which we know God's will and Christ's authority. We seek to assert what the Scriptures clearly assert and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent, through authorial intent, and we seek to apply its teaching to the contemporary church and culture.

The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is added to the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to be a serving minister (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Church's mission is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).

Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and must rely on God's grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life is in the image of God (imago dei), a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.

Salvation is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. One accepts Christ as Savior through a conversion process that includes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48, Rom.10:9, etc.).

In baptism a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ (Rom. 6:3-4), receives forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), is resurrected (Col. 2:12) and clothed with Christ (Gal. 3:27), and becomes saved (1 Peter 3:21) because of God's free gift of grace received by faith.

The Lord's Supper is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian community remembers Christ and celebrates the covenantal relationship they have with Him and with each other. Congregations in the fellowship typically celebrate the Lord's Supper at least weekly (I Cor. 11:17-34; Acts 20:7).

The Final Coming of Jesus is a time when Christ will personally come again as savior and judge of the world. At that time there will be the bodily resurrection of the dead believers to eternal life with God and unbelievers to eternal judgment. Sin will be no more and believers will live in fellowship with God forever (I Thess. 4:13-18 and Rev. 20:11-15).

The purpose of a philosophy of education is to clarify educational concepts, strategies, and outcomes. At Lincoln Christian University, our particular philosophy of education draws its form and substance from the shared theological values of the campus community. It is these shared values that give rise to the curriculum and its content. It also gives expression to the covenantal character of this educational community and its commitment to our mission, vision, core values, and basic beliefs.

The foundation of our philosophy is the shared belief that truth is revealed by God in the natural world, in the written Word of God, and in the person of Jesus Christ, the Living Word. This revealed truth in all three dimensions is the heart of our curriculum and has for us three key aspects: creational, propositional, and relational.

The creational aspect of truth requires a careful examination of the created, natural world and the collective knowledge of humankind throughout history. The propositional aspect of truth requires a purposeful process that focuses on the transmission of the truth revealed by God in Scripture through His Holy Spirit. The relational aspect of truth requires a deep knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ as “the Truth” that involves not only mental understanding but also personal experience as learner-disciples led by the Holy Spirit within a covenant community.

At the heart of our educational philosophy is the reciprocal relationship between the student and the faculty in the teaching-learning process. Students are valued as learners who are integral to our educational and spiritual community. Central to this process is the recognition and acceptance of the diverse nature of learners and the diverse ways in which they learn. This diversity is reflected by age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, life experience, interests, abilities, giftedness, and different learning styles.

The faculty are valued as teachers who do more than teach. Their education, expertise, and experiences are crucial components of the teaching and learning that occurs here, but faculty also serve as role models, mentors, advisors, encouragers, and partners in learning. It is their commitment to lifelong learning, to scholarship, to creativity, to the discovery of new knowledge, and to ongoing development that creates a vibrant learning community.

This community of teachers and learners strives to strengthen the learning partnership in a variety of ways. We employ a variety of educational strategies, both pedagogical and andragogical, to address the diversity of our learners’ ages and life experiences. We promote a variety of settings and opportunities for learning, both formal and informal, focusing on individuals and on groups, located inside and outside the classroom, occurring on-campus and around the world, and involving both scholarship and service, academics and ministry.

At the core of this partnership is the desire to achieve learning outcomes that reach the highest levels in all the learning domains, from memorization to critical application. We want learners who do know basic ideas, interpretations, and information, but can also critically analyze those as needed, synthesizing them in ways that allow for more informed judgments, so that our students can apply them to new situations and practical problems in our increasingly complex and diverse world. Ultimately, we want learner-disciples who continue to grow in all areas of their lives in order to contribute not only to the “common good” but to the Kingdom of God.

  • LCU was established in Lincoln, IL in May of 1944 as Lincoln Bible Institute (LBI) to train preachers for ministry.
  • LBI changed its name to Lincoln Christian College (LCC) in 1961.
  • The graduate school became Lincoln Christian Seminary (LCS) in 1984.
  • Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (LCCS) changed its name to Lincoln Christian University on September 1, 2009.
  • The Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies is established in 2009, offering its first completely online master's degree.
  • LCU is affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement).
  • Lincoln is located on I-55 midway between Chicago and St. Louis. Five larger cities are located within one hour's drive of the LCU campus.
  • LCU alumni live and serve in all 50 states in the U.S.
  • Alumni have served in more than 165 countries in LCU's 70 year history.
  • LCU graduates represent 1/3 of all military chaplains among independent Christian Churches / Churches of Christ.
  • LCU has served more than 15,000 students since its beginning.
  • More than 5,000 call themselves alumni of LBI, LCC, LCS, LCCS, and LCU.
  • More than 70% of undergraduate students live on campus
  • Total enrollment is approximately 1,200 (300 Seminary, 400 Adult & Graduate Studies, 500 traditional Undergraduate)
  • Gender split: 53% male / 47% female (Undergraduate only is 50:50)
  • Average class size: 12-Seminary, 10-Adult & Graduate Studies, 18-Undergraduate Studies
  • Students receive nearly $10 million in financial assistance (scholarships, grants, loans, and student jobs)
  • Students rate all categories of student life at LCU above the national norms for all private colleges / universities
  • Students rate our concern for students at the highest levels nationally
  • Students overwhelmingly say they would recommend LCU to others
  • Average High School GPA of Freshman Class: 3.186
  • Undergraduate degrees awarded in 2012:
    • 36% Ministry
    • 18% Intercultural Studies (Missions)
    • 14% Bible
    • 11% Education
    • 7% Business Administration
    • 14% Other
  • Students come from a variety of church traditions and backgrounds in addition to the independent Christian Church Movement
  • Approximately 12% of our students are minorities or international students
  • Mascot: Red Lions
  • School Color: Red
  • Red Lions compete in 6 NCCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.