Our mission is to provide resources, evangelistic literature and training to as many Christian leaders and followers of Jesus around the world in as many languages as we can.
In February, 1954, Pastor Murdoch preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes to the congregation. Little did he know that this would give birth to the Step Up To Life evangelistic booklet. It wasn’t until 1971 that Pastor had these biblical truths and principles put into print.
Since that time the booklet has been translated into over 50 different languages. Currently it is used by many different denominations and Christian organizations. Step Up To Life may well be the only piece of gospel literature that teaches the evangelistic use of the Ten Commandments, an explanation and application of repentance and a saving faith that is based on the Lordship of Christ.
One of its core values is to enable people to see the difference between a conversion and a “decision” for Christ, a distinction that has eternal consequences. Over 7 million booklets have been used by different ministries in more than 55 countries and on 6 continents.
Step Up To Life is a ministry administered and implemented primarily by volunteers. Proceeds from the material go toward furthering its outreach.
Elmer H. Murdoch Bio:
Born in Vermont, Pastor Elmer Murdoch was raised in Rhode Island. After graduating from Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, he pastored churches in Massachusetts, Ohio and in Chicago, Illinois, where he succeeded Dr. A. W. Tozer.
While at the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle, now Christ Community Church, he had a seven-year radio ministry and hosted his own TV program entitled, “Step Up To Life.” Concluding 20 years of ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he was the founding pastor of Trinity Church Interdenominational in Omaha, NE. Under Pastor Murdoch’s guidance, the church congregation grew from 40 to 3,000, an annual missionary budget of over $500,000, eleven pastoral staff and a Christian School of more than 600 students.
After 22 years of pastoral duties at Trinity, Pastor Murdoch gave himself to enlarging the use and spread of “Step Up To Life,” an evangelistic booklet he wrote. The booklet has been printed in over 50 languages, including several children’s editions. He also produced for the booklet a companion DVD teaching album, Leader and Study Guides.
Step Up To Life Ministries is a non-profit, outreach program, with a primarily volunteer staff. All proceeds from the sale of materials are used to further the outreach. While Director of Step Up To Life Ministries, Pastor Murdoch wrote, taught and preached at conferences and churches while giving direction to this growing and international ministry. As Associate Director, he continues to support the ministry in each of these endeavors.
Lincoln Murdoch Bio:
Lincoln is a fifth generation pastor who graduated from Asbury College in 1979 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1982 in Wilmore, Kentucky. He served on the pastoral staff of Trinity Interdenominational Church in Omaha, Nebraska from 1982 – 2000, eight years as Trinity’s youth pastor and 10 years leading Trinity’s global outreach as Missions Pastor.
He served as President of Antioch Network in Phoenix from 2000 – 2007, planting a church through this network in 2004 named All Nations Church Phoenix. He also helped to plant All Nations Church Omaha in 2008 and served as the Lead Pastor there until 2014.
Lincoln is the author of Launching the Great Go-Mission and accompanying resource manual by the same title. The book was designed to assist local churches in recruiting, training, and sending, their own members on short term mission teams with a strong discipleship focus during the whole process. He also authored See You At The Finish, outlining eight principles of spiritual endurance.
Lincoln has been married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer, for 39 years. Lincoln and Jennifer have two adult children.
Lincoln is an accomplished endurance athlete and has competed for 35+ years in marathons and triathlons. He has finished three 140 mile Ironman triathlons including the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In 2013 he finished 6th in the world in his age group at the Triathlon Championships in London, racing for Team USA. He won the US National Championship/Gold Medal in his age group in 2012. He’s an eight-time USA Triathlon All American. Lincoln often speaks on the subject of spiritual endurance based on the lessons he’s learned from these events.
He is passionate about Jesus being lifted up in the local church and throughout the nations, particularly in the areas of the world’s least reached or totally unreached people groups. He helped found the P.A.N. network in 1995 which is a network of churches, missions organizations and individuals who have targeted one particular unreached people group in Central Asia.
Lincoln’s life is dedicated to seeing the local church envisioned and mobilized that it might rise up to full maturity and embrace its God given mandate to fulfill the Great Commission.