District Welcomes New Executive for Finance

God’s Blessings to you all.  My name is Cody Dodson and it is a blessing to have this wonderful opportunity to serve the Indiana District in the capacity of Executive for Finance.  I am humbled and honored to join such a wonderful staff and incredible District of the LC-MS.  I have served as the Practice… Read more »

Housing Allowance Ruling Victory for Rostered Church Workers

Last Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the clergy housing allowance is constitutional. In overturning a 2017 lower court ruling, the Appeals Court ensured that each rostered LCMS minister can continue to exclude a housing allowance on his or her federal income taxes if the IRS requirements for the housing allowance are… Read more »

Develop Plans and Procedures to Keep Your People Safe

Instances of armed intruder attacks continue to occur in the United States. These attacks are not limited to a select few. Explore Church Mutual’s new collection of content developed in partnership with industry experts to help you keep your people safe before, during and after a violent attack. Our Preparing for an Armed Intruder seminar… Read more »

Help Your Workers Stay Safe This Tax Season

As more Americans store information in the cloud, file their tax refunds electronically and have their refunds direct deposited, there are more opportunities for online thieves to steal your workers’ identities. Resolving tax fraud could take months of forms and fighting, and that means less time serving. How can they protect themselves from these thieves?… Read more »

New District Finance Email Address

To all Indiana District Congregation Pastors, and Financial Leaders: Please update your records with the following contact information for the District Finance Office. Please send all emails for Congregation Remittance forms or any other financial questions to As I (Ron) am departing for my retirement, I wish to thank all of you for your… Read more »

Free Safety Resources and Information Library

Effective January 1st, 2019, Church Mutual is no longer sending “Tidbit” articles on specific topics. Instead, we invite you and your member churches, schools, and camps to view and utilize the wide array of safety resources and information available on our website – free of charge! These include: • Risk Reporter Publications – A risk-focused… Read more »

Enter Into Safety With Entrance Mats

Members, guests and employees expect a safe environment when they enter your facility. Unfortunately, entrance areas are a common area for slips and falls. A small amount of water can present a real slip problem, whether it is from snow and slush during the winter months or rain and mud in the spring, summer and… Read more »

Three Grants Available from the Indiana District

Did you know there are currently three grants available from the Indiana District for churches and church workers? The New Church Worker Grant is available for ordained and commissioned workers who were members of an Indiana District congregation while attending a synodical university and are now called to a congregation, school or RSO of the… Read more »

More CPS Resources for 2019 Open Enrollment

2019 is different in many ways from past open enrollments. Workers will go online on the member portal to make elections (they will need to set up their own account and register) and they can elect financial options as well as health care. From our Concordia Plan Services representative, Maureen Schneider, here are some things… Read more »

5 Free Stewardship Programs Available for Congregational Use

Looking for a free stewardship program for your church with a whole-life stewardship emphasis?  There are now five sets of materials available for downloading free from the District’s website – including 2 new ones, added in September 2018. These programs from Stewardship Advisors are Scripturally-based, grace-centered, copy-ready, and contain everything your LCMS church will need:  Bible studies,… Read more »