Congregational Ministry

2021 Salary Guidelines

During the Board of Director Meeting on May 22nd 2020, the Board approved the use of the Concordia Plan Services (CPS) Compensation Decision Support Tool as the Indiana District Salary Guidelines beginning January 1, 2021. The Indiana District 2020 Salary Guidelines will run through the current calendar year at which time the CPS Compensation Decision… Read more »

Ministry on the Move: How Ministries are Pivoting During COVID-19

Ministries and non-profits in the Indiana District are developing creative strategies to continue serving others during the current COVID crisis. Here are three ministry organizations who altered their programs in order to meet ongoing needs in the midst of the pandemic. Digital VBS at Immanuel At Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour, a digital vacation bible… Read more »

Y4Life High School Leadership Retreat at Camp Lakeview

Preparation. That was the theme of the weekend. And that’s exactly what students from Lutheran High School in Indianapolis, Indiana; Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, Indiana; and Lutheran North in St. Louis, Missouri, came to do: Propose. Plan. Prepare. Twenty participants arrived at Camp Lakeview in Seymour, Indiana, on Friday, March 6. Some were… Read more »

Caring for the Called Makes Positive Impact on Ministry Workers’ Health

Caring for the Called has promoted the health and well-being of Northeast Indiana church workers since 2014, so they could better serve their congregations, schools, and ministries. Supported by The Lutheran Foundation for nearly 6 years, the project came to a close on March 31. Rev. Richard Koehneke began serving part-time as a ministerial health… Read more »

Facts about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Many in our District have been asking about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health… Read more »

Why We March (A Reflection on the March for Life)

Some are saying this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. was record breaking. In fact, rough estimates claim over 500,000 people showed up. I don’t know if that number is true, but I can tell you that I have never seen more people present in one place in my entire life. Priests and pastors… 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 »

Two 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 Ministry Support Grant is given to assist District congregations with new ministry and outreach initiatives in the areas of workers, equipment and facilities. The New Ministry Initiative Matching Grant is given with the intention of assisting Indiana… 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 »