Congregational Ministry

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 »

University Lutheran Church – We Love to Tell the Story

  Time lapse video of new sanctuary construction. Upcoming events welcome students and highlight new building University Lutheran Church is gearing up for a full month of activities in preparation for students’ arrival to Purdue’s campus. Renovations are nearing completion at the church’s new location on Northwestern Avenue. On August 6, University Lutheran began meeting... Read more »

Nationally Acclaimed Artist Enhances ULu Sanctuary with Custom Sacred Art

University Lutheran commissioned Rick Rowley, an artist with international acclaim, to develop custom art and furniture for its new sanctuary. Working closely with ULu pastor Rev. Justin Herman, Rowley is creating several pieces of unique artwork to enhance the worship experience at ULu’s new location at 460 Northwestern Avenue. These custom pieces—made from alder and… 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 »

University Lutheran: Thankful for ministry at Chauncey Hill

June 4, 2017, marks the final Sunday the University Lutheran congregation will worship at the Chauncey Hill location before moving to Northwestern Avenue. It is a moment for reflection and thankfulness for all of God’s blessings in this place. Through a special decommissioning service, the congregation will take time to recognize all that God has… Read more »

New Stewardship Programs Available for Download

First Fruits Living and Giving Looking for a free and joyous activity for your church with a whole-life stewardship emphasis?  There are now five sets of materials available for downloading free from the District’s website. These programs from Stewardship Advisors are Scripturally-based, grace-centered, copy-ready, and contain everything your LCMS church will need:  Bible studies, bulletin messages, commitment forms,... Read more »

University Lutheran: Full Steam Ahead!

It’s official. After all the work leading up to the sale of ULu’s Chauncey Hill location and the purchase of the former Exponent building—now the University Lutheran Building—at 460 Northwestern Avenue, all that remained was signing more than a few official documents at two separate property closings. We are thrilled to announce that we were… Read more »