Ministerial Health

2018 Katie Retreat for All Pastor’s Wives

The Katie Retreat is an annual event hosted by the Indiana District for wives and widows of LCMS pastors. The 2018 retreat will be held from February 9 to 11 at the Inn at DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana. This year’s theme is “Every Path” with keynote speaker Pat Maier. Early registration (for a reduced rate)… Read more »

Congregational Self Study and Profile

The Congregational Self Study and Profile is intended to be used during a pastoral vacancy. This profile can help the congregation see and know itself and provide a basis for planning. It will also help the District President in preparing a call list and help the pastor-elect to evaluate the Call and the congregation. Download… Read more »

Caring for Those who Serve

The health and well-being of church workers are vitally important to the health and well-being of the congregation, school or agency in which they serve. Healthy workers increase the likelihood that the ministry will be healthy too. The healthier the ministry is, the more energy that ministry (congregation, school or agency) has to make a… Read more »

Learning Post-Seminary

We have all heard the word “pals” in common everyday language, but what does the word mean in regard to pastors who have just graduated from the seminary? PALS stands for Post Seminary Applied Learning and Support. This process or development lasts for the first three years of ministry for newly graduated pastors. In the… Read more »

Effective Leaders Become Bold Witnesses

The Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) is devoted to training leaders to effectively lead congregations so they can be bold witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. PLI had its beginning in 1998. It quickly recognized the importance of pastor and spouse growing together and the importance of affirming the spouse’s unique gifts… Read more »

Doxology Insight Retreat Open to All Congregations

Consider gathering a carload of your leaders to attend the “More than Giving” INSIGHT Conference in 2017. Led by synod’s Stewardship Director Rev. Heath Curtis and Assistant Director Rev. Nathan Meador, this conference will equip pastors and laity to think biblically and “Lutheranly” about financial stewardship in its broader context. Your team or committee from… Read more »

Free ID Protection Services for CHP Members

Concordia Health Plan (CHP) members and their covered dependents now have free identity protection services through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN) and Experian. Experian will provide the following identity protection services on behalf of BCBSMN. Upon enrollment, you will be eligible for services that include: Credit monitoring – Monitors activity that may affect credit Fraud… Read more »

Concordia Plan Resources & Updates

This page features the latest updates from Concordia Plan benefit consultant, Maureen Schneider. It is intended to be a resource for all churches and schools who are using the Concordia Health Plan. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Concordia Plan benefit consultant, as indicated below. Concordia Plan Contact Information General questions can be... Read more »

Financial Peace University

Learn & Earn Here’s an offer to learn about money management and earn some extra cash. The Ministerial Excellence Fund is expanding to include LCMS teachers, administrators, DCEs and all commissioned church workers as eligible for grants. The first initiative, starting immediately and extending through 2016, is to support any individuals or couples to attend Dave’s Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU)…. Read more »

Indiana District Travel Expense Reimbursement Form

To access a copy of the Indiana District LCMS Travel Expense Reimbursement Voucher, the form is available here. You may download either a pdf version of the District Travel Expense Form or an Excel version to record any travel expenses you must submit to the district. If you have any questions, please contact the Indiana District Finance Department … Read more »