Congregational 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 »

Welcoming them home at Easter

The Easter Parade is Coming Soon! Yes, there's still more than a week of Lent. We look forward to Palm Sunday and Holy week and our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.  All of these are vital to our spiritual journey towards Easter. We all wish that all of our members -- and those outside... 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 »

Intentional Interim Ministry

Highlights from the LCMS Intentional Interim Ministry Conference More information: Testimonials about intentional interim ministry.

Servant Leadership in Rural Areas

“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.” Acts 16:13 Much can be said of the servant leadership role of the pastor in a rural and small-town congregation…. Read more »

CTSFW Partnership With Supporters Pays Tuition in Full

A central goal of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne’s strategic plan has been 100% tuition coverage for our students. The Seminary is privileged to announce that years of targeted work have borne fruit: beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, tuition for all incoming, residential pastoral ministry and deaconess students will be paid in full…. 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 »

How ECHO is creating hope and opportunity for teen moms

“I’m a better mother. Had I not been guided by ECHO, my life would be totally different right now. This program can save your life.” That’s how teen mothers are describing ECHO, a program through Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI). ECHO stands for Education Creates Hope and Opportunity, and that’s just what these young women… Read more »