Congregational Ministry

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 »

Interview with President-elect Daniel J. Brege

We spoke with Rev. Daniel Brege, president-elect of the Indiana District, to learn more about his ministry, outlook, and goals. Rev. Brege will take on his new leadership role in September. Q: Tell us a little about your background. A: I’m a third-generation pastor. My dad and my grandfather were pastors. Of course, you don’t… Read more »

District Convention begins this week

On Thursday and Friday, Lutherans will gather from throughout Indiana and northern Kentucky at the Grand Wayne Center to prayerfully consider our work together. As we do every three years, we will share ministry reports, elect leaders, and vote on important matters. Clergy and lay delegates will represent every congregation in our District. The theme for... Read more »

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 »

The Mission Field of Older Adults

The rural and small-town churches in America are poised to become the spiritual renewal center for older adult ministries. How’s that for a challenging goal and opportunity for each of us in the years ahead? Jeremiah 29:11 says it so well: “For I know the plans I have for you … plans for welfare and… Read more »

Church Fathers Interpreted Scripture Presentation by Professor Elowsky

Professor Joel Elowsky (Professor of History, Concordia Seminary) was very pleased to share how the Church Fathers interpreted the Scriptures and preached Christ and Him crucified at the Northern Pastor’s Conference. He enjoyed the camaraderie among the brothers and catching up with some of you. As requested by some, we’re sharing Professor Elowsky’s PowerPoint presentations… Read more »

Before the Call, the Vicarage

“I was blown away from day one.” That’s how Dan Sheafer, associate pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, describes his vicarage experience at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola, Florida. “I was interested in getting a good experience with a lot of different opportunities through my vicarage,” he says, “and I was open… Read more »

Answering a Divine Call

Imagine being tasked with the job of filling multiple employment vacancies for a diverse and multi-cultural clientele each and every year. Requests come from a wide variety of settings, including rural, urban, and everything in between. The talent pool is vast and includes job candidates from across the entire nation. Filling these openings requires an… Read more »