Children’s Ministry

A New Twist on Traditional Confirmation

Consistent confirmation participation is on the rise at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Avon, Indiana—and for good reason. The church now offers supplemental video confirmation instruction online, and kids and parents alike are engaging in the lessons on a daily basis. The new approach has required a committed video team, a brand-new set of student… Read more »

Midweek Ministry

So, you want to start a midweek program for children in order to “train up a child.” Good for you! These endeavors can prove to be excellent ways to reach out to a group that is all too often difficult to reach and underserved with regard to faith training. However, there are a couple of… Read more »

How Ministries Connect with Students and Families

St. John Lutheran School During National Lutheran Schools Week, students across the United States learned about life in Cambodia and the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries  in reaching people with the love of Jesus. At St. John Lutheran School in Indianapolis, students participated in LHM’s online mission trip to Cambodia. Through an interactive website, students learned… Read more »

My Father’s Faith

President Dan May reflects on his father’s orphan experience, and the faith that saw him through all trials When everything else fails or falls away, the church can become a powerful, strengthening force. Perhaps no one knew this fact better than Henry May, father of LCMS Indiana District president Dan May. Orphaned at age seven,… Read more »

Selfless Love

“She loved me so much that she wanted me to have the best life possible.” That’s how Rev. Matthew J. Wietfeldt describes his birth mother, Chris, who placed him for adoption over two decades ago. Through that one selfless act, Chris not only gave Matt life but opened up a world of opportunities for him… Read more »

Shoebox Blessings

For five years running, children and teachers at St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School in Decatur, Indiana, have packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, they kept up the tradition, participating in this global outreach through Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. On a bright November morning, children at… Read more »

How Do We Grow?

Three Churches Share Their Outreach Strategies It’s a question many churches ask on a regular basis: How do you grow when you’re a small congregation? Not every church can build a high-priced facility to attract new people. Instead, congregations have to focus on what they do best: relationships.  Epiphany Lutheran Church  Epiphany Lutheran Church in… Read more »

Fishing in Fishers

Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Family friendly. That’s one of the best ways to describe Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this November. From the well-attended Vacation Bible School this summer to the huge indoor playground built right into the main gathering area of the church, Cornerstone Lutheran Church… Read more »

Sunday School Resources

Sunday School Curriculum can be found at Concordia Publishing House but they also have other books that may be helpful. Sunday School Basics (2006)  and Children’s Ministries FAQs (1999) are two books co-authored by Dr. David Ebeling of the Indiana District and are still avialable.  

A Healthy Sunday School

   Introduction Almost every congregation chooses to operate a Sunday School.  It is a ministry of the congregation that is often placed in the hands of volunteers to organize and teach the classes.  Someone is identified as the Sunday school superintendent and others are asked to teach.  A lay board usually oversees the program.  It… Read more »