Family Ministry

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 »

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 »

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 »

3 Family Life Ministry Seminars for Churches and Schools

Concordia Center for the Family is joining forces with the Michigan District to offer 3 Family Life Ministry Seminars for churches and schools. The Indiana District is also welcome to attend! More information is found on the Michigan District website here. Seminar 1 – Saturday, September 30, 2017 | St. Paul, Hamburg This seminar will cover how to implement… 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 »