Kansas District Life Ministry

In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me ... " (Ps. 139:16).

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me a body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.

Martin Luther

Small Catechism (II, Art. 1)

Holy Scripture in its entirety proclaims the works of God: Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification. As Christians we confess in our vocations the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to speak God’s truth in this world and to act on behalf of the helpless, to seek to proclaim the God-given value of human life in our words and deeds. In this Christian life we at times may need assistance or support in proclaiming the sanctity of human life. In response to this need, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has asked each district to identify a pastor to serve as District Life Coordinator.

The District Life Coordinator (DLC) serves as a point of contact between congregations, church workers, and lay people of the District, connecting them with resources of the LCMS such as Eyes of Life and LCMS World Relief and Human Care as well as affiliated ministries such as Lutherans for Life. The Life Coordinator shares information on these resources and highlights news and events happening within our communities and state. In coordination with the District Office, the Kansas DLC will schedule and plan a District March for Life event either on or near the date of the State March for Life.

Meet the Kansas District Life Coordinator


My name is Matthew Durance, and I am pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Greenleaf and serve as Vacancy Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Barnes. It is my pleasure to serve as District Life Coordinator in the Kansas District.  If you have questions that you need help answering, please contact me either by email (pr.matthew.durance@gmail.com) or at the Bethlehem office, 785-747-2407.  I look forward to our work together, and I encourage all District congregations, workers, and church members to contact me and let me know of the work each of you all are doing to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the sanctity of all human life.

“By awesome deeds You answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by His strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.” – Psalm 65:5-7


The second annual Kansas District Life Conference was held January 22, 2020 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Topeka, with the theme, “The Right to Life and the Christian Witness in the Public Square.” Pastor Timothy Roth (St. Peter, Humboldt) addressed the political phrase “right to life” in a featured presentation in the morning, and attendees participated in the Rally for Life in downtown Topeka in the afternoon.

Sermon from the 2020 Conference (Pr. Matthew Durance)

News and Events


“Reverse the Ruling” Update (2/8/20)

Last fall, a petition drive was launched in Kansas to “Reverse the Ruling,” specifically, the April 2019 Kansas State Supreme Court ruling in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt. In that case, the court, in a 6-1 decision, upheld an injunction that prevented a 2015 state law banning dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortions from taking effect, stating that “Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights affords protection of the right of personal autonomy,” including the right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy.

A proposed constitutional amendment, known as “Value Them Both” was presented to the public and legislators in January. The amendment was passed by the full Senate but fell short of a two-thirds majority needed in the House by just a few votes.

To learn more, visit the Kansans for Life website.

Read President Justin Panzer’s letter of support for the amendment.


Unplanned Resources

Have you seen the movie Unplanned? This powerful film takes a hard look at the horrors of abortion and the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness. Whether you’ve seen the movie or are planning to see it soon, Lutherans for Life is proud to offer several resources to aid you in understanding the film from the Lutheran perspective of Law and Gospel. The resources even include a study guide for your church’s small group.

LFL Unplanned Resources


President Harrison’s Statement on Life

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison issued a statement on January 24, 2019, in response to new laws extending abortion rights.  “Life, not death, is the goal of humanity. History testifies that death is never the means through which justice and human rights prevail. We do not advance on the graves of our children.”

You can read the full statement HERE.