History

 
Southwood Lutheran Church is located on the south side of Lincoln; however, we haven't always been on 40th Street. Below is a brief history of how we began and landed in our current location. 

1966

The plan to expand the mission of the Lutheran church in Lincoln launches with the purchase of land at 5511 S. 27th Street (just north of Old Cheney).

1988

God continues to bless Southwood's mission and ministries in Lincoln, as the church reaches a milestone of 1,000 members.

2000

A third pastor is added to meet the growing needs of the congregation, which reaches another milestone of 2,000 members. Mission expansion to the world begins with the first mission trip to Honduras.

2001

The commitment to reach out and and serve more with the love of God prompts Southwood to purchase land at South 40th Street and begin plans for relocation.

2003

More people continue to come into God's family through Southwood. The 1,000th person is baptized.

2005

Southwood breaks ground on its new home on South 40th Street. A Small Groups Ministry flourishes, and more people than ever begin using their time and talents to serve the Lincoln community.

2007

Our new facility is dedicated, and Southwood begins a new chapter in its mission to Lincoln and the world beyond!

2009

Southwood continues to grow adding our 3,000th member.

2014

Southwood achieved a goal to have 25% of all givings flow outside the church walls into community and global mission.

2019

God continues to richly bless Southwood with growth in membership, ministries, care and mission. We celebrate:

  • Over 4,000 members share Southwood's vision to grow in our love for God and others.
  • 500 volunteers support programming for Children and Family ministry and more than 60 adult volunteers walk alongside the 325 students in the youth program.
  • Over 60 Care Team members, in addition to our pastoral team, provide regular visits to those ill, aging or unable to attend worship regularly. In addition, 70+ worship services were held across seven different care facilities.
  • Almost 3,000 volunteer hours were shared with our local community partners.
  • After ravaging flooding in the Midwest, 125 Southwood volunteers spent a day helping rebuild homes in King Lake (NE).
  • 100 students are attending school as part of the Tanzania Education Scholarship program. Since 2012, over 75 students have graduated college programs with the support of a scholarship provided by Southwood.