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

News and Events


Register Now! 2020 District Life Conference

The second annual Kansas District Life Conference will be held January 22, 2020, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (901 SW Fillmore St., Topeka).

The conference will begin with check-in at 9:00 a.m., followed by Matins at 9:30. Speakers will include the Rev. Timothy Roth of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt, who will address the political phrase “Right to Life.” At 12:45, attendees can participate in the annual March for Life in downtown Topeka, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about the battle to defend life in our own state. Following the March for Life, participants will gather again at St. John’s for Vespers and will discuss strategies for speaking the fullness of the Word of God concerning our lives and “Life” itself.

To register: Contact Pr. Matthew Durance at pr.matthew.durance@gmail.com, or call him at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church office, 785-747-2407. The first 50 registrants will receive a free “Eyes of Life” hat at the conference.

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ACTION NEEDED by November 23: “Reverse the Ruling” 

A petition drive is now underway 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.

Concerned citizens are now working to “Reverse the Ruling” through a constitutional amendment. The effort will first require gaining the support of a two-thirds majority in both the Kansas House and Senate for putting an amendment on the ballot, which is the focus of the petition drive. From there, voters will be able to weigh in at the ballot box.

To learn more or to sign an online petition, visit the Kansans for Life website.



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



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.



The first Annual District Life Conference was held January 12, 2019, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Topeka, with the theme, “In the Very Midst of Life: Difficult Questions Regarding Human Life.” Speakers at the event included Pr. Ben and Tamara Ockree, Pr. Matthew Durance, Kansas District Life Coordinator, and Pr. Michael Brockman.