Congregational Ministry

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 »

Students Participate in March for Life

Concordia Lutheran High School students head to Washington On January 19th, students from Concordia Lutheran High School will be participating in the March for Life in Washington DC. The 45th annual March for Life is in response to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Mark Dolde and Karolyn Dillman act as advisors for… Read more »

Senior Ministry Task Force

It's exciting to hear that the average age of the lifespan of an American continues to rise.  As a pastor, you are most likely noticing that in your church records and the grey hair in your pews.  We quickly come to the realization that seniors offer us a unique set of opportunities for ministry.  That's... Read more »

Shoebox Blessings

For five years running, children and teachers at St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School in Decatur, Indiana, have packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, they kept up the tradition, participating in this global outreach through Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. On a bright November morning, children at… Read more »

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 »

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 »

University Lutheran Church

University Lutheran Church at Purdue University held its first service in its new location on Reformation Sunday 2017. The sanctuary and its fixtures were dedicated the Lord as more than 150 people participated in worship. The service marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Stories about the church's relocation were published by the Purdue Exponent,  Journal-Courier and... 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 »