Congregational Ministry

Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity

Lakeview Villages in Seymour, Indiana, will host a Men's Gathering on April 5-7, 2019. "Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity" is designed to "cut through all the noise of the world's ideas of masculinity and goes back to what our Creator says about being a man in His creation." The main speaker is Rev. Jeffery... Read more »

Reverend Ruiz to be Installed at Trinity

In March, Trinity Lutheran Church (Indianapolis) started a Spanish language worship service led by Reverend Samuel Ruiz. He will be installed on November 18 at a bilingual service at Trinity. Reverend Ruiz has both the experience and cultural background to reach some of the nine Latino groups located in the city. Cuban born, he started… Read more »

District Sets Goal to Start Ten New Congregations

There was a time when most people considered themselves Christians. But now statistics are showing a startling trend: many people claim no religious affiliation at all. In Fort Wayne alone, 48% of people report they have no connection with any religious faith. In response, the Indiana District set a goal to start ten new congregations… Read more »

Reverend Alan Rork Retires

Reverend Alan Rork, who served as a missionary at large to the deaf for the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, retired on September 30 from his role as missionary to the LCMS deaf communities. He worked as a missionary at large for ten years, serving as pastor to Peace Deaf Lutheran Church… 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 »

2019 National Youth Gathering Planning

Materials have been mailed to all Indiana Lutheran churches to introduce our District coordinators and help congregations plan to attend the National Youth Gathering in July 2019 in Minneapolis MN (no snow guarenteed!!) Our district coordinators: DCE Cheryl LaBelle serving St Paul, Columbus IN DCE Sarah Shadday serving Concordia, Greenwood IN Regional planning meetings have been set!… Read more »

Interview with President-elect Daniel J. Brege

We spoke with Rev. Daniel Brege, president-elect of the Indiana District, to learn more about his ministry, outlook, and goals. Rev. Brege will take on his new leadership role in September. Q: Tell us a little about your background. A: I’m a third-generation pastor. My dad and my grandfather were pastors. Of course, you don’t… Read more »

District Convention begins this week

On Thursday and Friday, Lutherans will gather from throughout Indiana and northern Kentucky at the Grand Wayne Center to prayerfully consider our work together. As we do every three years, we will share ministry reports, elect leaders, and vote on important matters. Clergy and lay delegates will represent every congregation in our District. The theme for... Read more »

The Christian Family — An Engine for Exponential Growth

The Christian family is the engine of exponential growth for the kingdom of Christ. For this engine to be running smoothly and at full throttle, families need the church to provide them with knowledge, skills, attitudes and support. Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), the largest Lutheran church in the world, understands this biblical principle…. Read more »

The Mission Field of Older Adults

The rural and small-town churches in America are poised to become the spiritual renewal center for older adult ministries. How’s that for a challenging goal and opportunity for each of us in the years ahead? Jeremiah 29:11 says it so well: “For I know the plans I have for you … plans for welfare and… Read more »