By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Other | Issue: March 2008
Jonathan Schultz, Lead Servant of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, invites Broken Arrow residents to attend 9 a.m. Bible Classes and 10 a.m. Contemporary Worship Services each Sunday.
The first worship meeting of Lord of Life Lutheran Church was held Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007. As the church approaches its first anniversary, Lead Servant Jonathan Schultz reflects upon the mission, successes and blessings the church has received this past year. Although Lord of Life reaches out to all area residents, its major focus for growth has been in the northern sector of Broken Arrow from Hwy. 169 to the Creek Turnpike, and south of Hwy. 244.
According to Schultz, “We are a mission church that was initiated by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) as part of a vision to involve every member of the LCMS, its partner church bodies, and partner mission agencies in one focused and concentrated effort to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet know Him.” This movement was christened Ablaze!®. The purpose of Ablaze is to ignite the world with Christ’s love by reaching out to 100 million unreached and/or uncommitted people with the Gospel by 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The teachings of Martin Luther, Father of the Lutheran Church, inspired the Reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.
The Church body is committed to starting 2,000 new churches, 12 of which will be in Oklahoma, and six of which are slated for the Tulsa metropolitan area. Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Broken Arrow is the second of those six churches. Established Lutheran Churches around the world are raising millions of dollars to financially assist in starting the 2,000 churches. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is also receiving financial assistance from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Additionally, Lutheran Hour Ministry, a weekly national radio program originated in 1930, provides names of individuals from the Broken Arrow community who have contacted the radio program. The Lutheran Hour is the world’s oldest continually broadcast Christ-centered radio program.
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Broken Arrow and King of Kings Lutheran Church of Glenpool have assisted Lord of Life by providing items including tables and chairs, drums and financial support.
Currently, the church meets each Sunday morning at the Broken Arrow High School Cafeteria with Bible Classes for all ages at 9 a.m. and a Contemporary Worship Service at 10 a.m. They will soon be moving to a new meeting location to be announced. Jonathan Schultz previously served as Minister of Worship for five years at Immanuel Lutheran Church and was the fulltime Chaplin of the Shepherd’s Care Hospice of Wagoner. After resigning this position to lead in establishing the new church, he has continued on a volunteer basis and leads GriefShare classes which focus on grief counseling. These classes are held at the church in partnership with the hospice. Schultz is a commissioned minister and will later be ordained in the Lutheran Church.
“You can count on us to tell you the Truth, which is contained in the scriptures,” says Schultz, and the truth provides a life in Jesus Christ that assures each of us hope, honesty, happiness, honor, hospitality, helpfulness, healing and health.” The worship services are informal and relaxed, and both the teaching and preaching are Bible-based. The contemporary worship services utilize the latest technology and present the message in a relevant, seamless manner. If you’re interested playing in the Praise Band that is part of each Sunday’s worship service, you are welcome to contact the church for more information. You’re invited to share in Christ’s love at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.
Jonathan Schultz – Minister