Answering The Call

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The Campaign for Concordia

God continues to place new and exciting opportunities in front of us to equip our students, and through them, impact the world. This $65 million campaign, the largest in our university's history, allows us to partner with generous alumni and friends to continue delivering an academically excellent, Christ-centered education.

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July 2021

Dear Friends of Concordia

Early in our marriage, as we began planning for our life together, including retirement, we contemplated what God intended for us in using our time, talent and resources in our professional lives – what our legacy would be. Accumulating wealth during our lives and then giving it away after we died didn't seem to fit with our faith and the values with which we were raised. Since then, we have answered multiple calls in our life together focusing on education, faith and family.

Now, we are answering a new call and we are asking you to join us. Concordia University Nebraska, under the leadership of President Brian Friedrich, has embarked on a new campaign to propel it forward as a Christ-centered, Lutheran university. Answering The Call, the largest campaign in Concordia’s history, endeavors to raise $65 million to advance the education it provides in science, business, technology, agriculture and church worker preparation. It will ensure that every student receives the Promises of a Lutheran Education. It will ensure that Concordia is able to faithfully fulfill its mission today and in the future, just as it has for 125 years.

The need to continue the mission of Concordia to prepare servant leaders for the church and world is so clear to us that we've taken on the challenge of being co-chairs of this campaign. Out of what God has first given us, we are answering the call by giving the largest gift we have ever made, anywhere, to Concordia. We are excited to have a chance to see the impact of our support come to fruition while our family continues to be educated at Concordia.

Legacy Giving is really Legacy Living. It is what we as Christians are all called to do as part of Christ's command in Matthew 28:19. Please join us in Answering The Call as you consider how you will be involved in kingdom building at Concordia.

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Dr. Doug '83 and Mrs. Denise Tewes

Answering The Call
Campaign Co-Chairs

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Campaign Steering Committee

John & Cindy Dinkel, Norfolk, Neb. – Vern & Ruth Harnapp, Gallatin, Mo. – Bill Kernen, Omaha, Neb. – Lyle Middendorf, Lincoln, Neb. – Ruth Probasco, Lincoln, Neb. – Paul Schudel, Omaha, Neb.

Key Initiative

Science and Business

Building for the future

Prepare students through research, collaboration and internships to make an impact in science and business
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Science and Business Initiative
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Cultivating a New Path

Develop stewards of God's resources in agricultural science who will lead family farms and make an impact as industry leaders, entrepreneurs and producers
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Agriculture Initiative
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For the Church

Preparing the Next Generation

Equip students to serve as the hands and feet of Christ and be His witnesses through church work programs and mission trips
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Our Promises of a Lutheran Education

Fulfilling our Promises

Provide students a Lutheran, Christ-centered education through community, inquiry, wisdom and purpose
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For the Church Initiative
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  • Isabel (Jones) Stuewe '62

    Sharing a Legacy of Love

  • Larry '70 and Chris (Meyer) '69 Irmer

    An Attainable Christ-centered Education

  • David and Marjorie (Luhman) Kertz '70

    An Uncommon Gift

  • Mike and Jan (Wellman) Hoffschneider HS '66 CO '70

    Sowing the Seeds of Tomorrow

"It’s hard to describe my feelings when I see gifts in action. It makes me feel in my heart that I’ve done the right thing and that this is what God wants me to do. This is what is very important. It makes me feel wonderful."
"We are proud graduates, and we support Concordia. We know of that support that we had, and we appreciate everything that Concordia gave us personally and professionally as a foundation."
"Each student is like a mustard seed, ready to grow in faith. A significant portion of education in school settings today excludes Christianity. We want to support a school that has Christianity at the heart of its focus."
"We feel strongly that supporting Christ-centered education at Concordia will result in huge dividends to the church and world as the students leave campus to pursue their chosen careers."

Will You Answer the Call?

God has called Concordia to be a leader in Lutheran, Christian higher education in this country, and you are an essential key to making that possible. Help us respond to our ever-changing world in ways that remain faithful to the never-changing Word of God.