Congregational Ministry

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 »

Indiana District Youth Gathering – SAVE THE DATE!

The annual Indiana District Youth Gathering will be held November 22-24, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in southeastern Indianapolis.  Our theme for this year is “Together – by Faith” based on Hebrews 12:1-2.  The Gathering will include lots of fellowship opportunities as well as Bible study, service, and worship.  Registration materials will be available… 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 »