Family Ministry

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 »

Recovering Gender and Relationships

Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine, was the keynote speaker at the recent Indiana District Southern Pastors Conference. His topic was: “Father Knows Best: Biblical Means for Recovering Gender & Relationships.”  To download his presentation, see links below. Presentations: Biblical Means for Recovering Gender & Relationship Presentation Conference Study… Read more »

Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN)

The Network Concept Family Friendly Partner’s Network (FFPN) is the creation of Professor Ben Freudenburg, chair of the Family Life Ministry Department at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  He has invited Districts of the LCMS to form a network, usually involving 6-10 congregations.  The training then takes place over a three-year span as the churches learn… Read more »