Mission

To be a network of local churches who are committed to advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ and making new disciples in our cities, nation, and world.

What has happened since 2015 through LCN partners?

  • New Local Centers Training Pastors: 42
  • Local Pastors Helping Make New Disciple-Makers: 765
  • New Disciples Made Nationally and Internationally: 1,000,000+
  • New Churches Planted Nationally and Internationally: 50,000+

Vision

To fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  • Local Centers: We partner with like-minded local churches who are committed to advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Making New Disciples: We help local churches and followers of Christ make new disciples through free monthly coaching environments.
  • Champions for Christ: We are sending out thousands of “Champions for Christ” to serve in the local church through Liberty University.
  • Planting and Revitalizing Churches: We are raising funds to plant and revitalize new disciple-making churches in the nation and around the world.
  • Disciple-making: We have a passion to make new disciples through the local church.
  • Relationships: We are a family of pastors and leaders committed to authentic relationships.
  • Coaching: We challenge each other through free monthly coaching environments to make new disciples.
  • Sacrificial Giving: We sacrifice financially to advance the Vision, Mission, and Strategy of making new disciples.
  • Kingdom-Mindedness: We believe that when any church becomes healthy, we all win..
  • Passion for the City: We desire to reach cities and not just build local churches.
  • Networking: We partner with like-minded networks and denominations to accomplish the mission.
  • Kingdom Expansion: Partner with a family of churches who are on a mission to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and make new disciples.
  • The LCN Family of Pastors: Be a part of a network of pastors from around the country who have a like-minded heart, similar passion, and common mission to make new disciples. Our family of pastors have close personal relationships with each other and consistently encourage one another in their family, personal, and ministry lives.
  • Coaching: Be coached and mentored in a LCN Local Center Leader. Be involved in a free monthly coaching group and speak into the lives of other pastors through your area of giftedness. Local Centers provide a place for you as a pastor/leader to experience our 5 C’s: Coaching, Celebrating, Caring, Communicating, and Connecting. Pastors/leaders develop life-long relationships through LCN Local Centers. These relationships provide friendships, encour¬agement, support, and accountability both personally and professionally as a leader.
  • Training: Be trained and equipped by your Local Center leadership team to strategically shift your local church, methods, and strategy to become more effective at making new disciples. Have access to all LCN training opportunities, speakers, coaches, and partners that will equip you with the tools you need to make significant shifts in how you carry out the Great Commission. Also gain practical support through other LCN leaders/partners in other areas such as: administration, leadership, speaking, vision casting, funding, children, students, missions, disciple-making, administration, etc.
  • Local Center Leadership: Along with Jonathan Falwell and the LCN Board, Local Center Leaders help shape the DNA of our network. Local Center Leaders are local pastors who help guide, lead, and direct the overall organization. LCN Local Centers are decentralized in cities around the country. Being a Local Center Leader means you are committing to be a part of the LCN leadership team and willing to show up, give financially, and serve pastors in your city to accomplish the Great Commission beyond the walls of your local church. (See LCN website to learn how to become a Local Center Leader)
  • Disciple-Making Church Planting: LCN is raising funds to assess, train, coach, financially support, and launch new and revitalized disciple-making churches. We provide pastors with the training and resources necessary to lead disciple-making churches. Our assessment and training are centralized in Lynchburg, VA and our coaching happens around the country through our LCN Local Centers. In partnership with the Liberty University School of Divinity, we are sending out pastors, teachers, and leaders around the country who will fulfill the Great Commission through church planting and church revitalization.
  • International Church Planting: LCN is planting hundreds of new international churches every year through a variety of organizations who are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission. A portion of monthly LCN support goes towards training, equipping, and establishing new international church plants around the world.
  • LCN / Liberty Online Full-Tuition Scholarship: Founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr, this scholarship program was created to “Train Champions for Christ” and raise funds for church planting. The LCN/LUO scholarship provides 100% tuition for any degree program at Liberty University Online. LCN member churches who donate $500 per month are eligible to LCN receive (1) LUO scholarship. (See LCN website for eligibility requirements and additional scholarships). Funds given to LCN for this program go directly towards planting, revitalizing, and funding new disciple-making churches around the world.
  • Liberty University Tuition Discount: Through our partnership with Liberty University, all LCN member pastors and their staff will receive a 15% discount to LU Online. Also, any LU Residential student of a LCN church may receive a $1,000 residential scholarship per year to attend LU. (See LCN and LU websites for eligibility requirements).
  • Conferences / Retreats / Events: LCN churches receive free access to multiple national and regional conferences/events that are held throughout the year (i.e. Local Center events, Annual REFUEL Conference, Regional REFUEL One Day events, Bi-yearly Leadership Retreats, Leadership Dinners, Special Events, and More…)

**Information about becoming a member and other member details can be found on our Partner page.

History

The Liberty Church Network (LCN), formerly known as the Liberty Baptist Fellowship and the Liberty Church Planting Network, was formed in 1981 under the direction of our founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell. The purpose of our organization was to train new pastors and plant new churches in the United States. In the first three decades our organization planted 5,000+ US-based churches. This makes LCN one of the largest and oldest church planting networks in the country. Starting in 1982 the organization also began endorsing military chaplains. To find out more information on LBF and their work with chaplains visit their website at https://libertychaplains.org/.

Doctrinal Statement

We affirm

our belief in one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function.

We affirm

that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally generated and from Them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.

We affirm

that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. Eternally begotten from the Father, He is God. He was conceived by the virgin Mary through a miracle of the Holy Spirit. He lives forever as perfect God and perfect man: two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.

We affirm

that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe: He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.

We affirm

that all things were created by God. Angels were created as ministering agents, though some, under the leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. The universe was created in six historical days and is continuously sustained by God; thus it both reflects His glory and reveals His truth. Human beings were directly created, not evolved, in the very image of God. As reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world.

We affirm

that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God. It is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author’s language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

We affirm

that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s table. Its offices are pastors and deacons and it is self-governing. It functions through the ministry of gifts given by the Holy Spirit to each believer.

We affirm

that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all, was buried, and on the third day, He arose physically from the dead and ascended into Heaven where He now intercedes for all believers.

We affirm

that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

We affirm

that the Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again, conforming them to the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is a process completed only in Heaven. Every believer is responsible to live in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin.

We affirm

that Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, all persons are sinners from conception, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin; and they are therefore subject to eternal punishment, under the just condemnation of a holy God.

Executive Leadership

Nathan Cline

Nathan Cline

President

Rob Wetzel

Rob Wetzel

Director

Jonathan Falwell

Jonathan Falwell

Executive Chairman

Jason Schonfelder

Jason Schonfelder

Treasurer

Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart

Secretary

Doug Randlett

Doug Randlett

Advisor

Matt Willmington

Matt Willmington

Advisor

Dr. Steven Keith Ch, Col USAF [Retired]

Dr. Steven Keith Ch, Col USAF [Retired]

LBF Endorsing Agent

Office: (434) 592-7649

Board of Directors

Nathan Cline

Pastor
Revo Church
Winston Salem, NC

Jonathan Falwell

Senior Pastor
Thomas Road Baptist
Lynchburg, VA

Jason Shonfelder

Executive Pastor
Thomas Road Baptist
Lynchburg, VA

Andrew Hart

Pastor
Sonrise Bible Church
Schenectady, NY

Rob Wetzel

Elder
Journey Church
Raleigh, NC

Brian Bloye

Pastor
West Ridge Church
Dallas, GA

Vernon Brewer

Founder & President
World Help
Forest, VA

Matt Fry

Pastor
Cleveland Community Church
Clayton, NC

Shelby Harbour

Pastor
Victory Baptist Church
Cooleemee, NC

Dr. Steven Keith

Gene Mims

Lead Pastor

Judson Baptist Church

Nashville. TN

Dr. David Nelms

Founder & President
The Timothy Initiative
West Palm Beach, FL

Doug Randlett

Senior Associate Pastor
Thomas Road Baptist
Lynchburg, VA

Chris Rhodenhizer

Pastor
Image Church
Woodbridge, VA

Gabe Turner

Pastor
The Point Church
Charlottesville, VA

Greg Wigfield

Pastor
Destiny Church
Leesburg, VA

Dr. Matt Willmington

Director of Ministries
Thomas Road Baptist
Lynchburg, VA

The Great Commission

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
~Matthew 28:18-20

Mailing Address

Attn: Liberty Church Network
P.O. Box 10174
Lynchburg, VA 24506

Physical Address

1 Mountain View Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Contact Us

Rob Wetzel, LCN Director
info@libertychurchnetwork.com, General Info
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