Congregational Ministry

Hands-on Community Outreach Learning Experience

Do you believe that the best way to learn how to do something new is by experiencing it yourself?  We do too!  That’s why Reaching Northeast Indiana will be partnering with Southwest Lutheran Church to provide a hands-on Community Outreach Experience, and you are invited! When:  Saturday, April 9, from 9 am to noon.  Lunch… Read more »

2016 National Youth Gathering

The National LCMS 2016 Youth Gathering will be held on Saturday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year is “In Christ Alone The Indiana District has tips on getting ready to go!  District T Shirts are available, order now!  Plan to attend the District Event on Tuesday, July 19th.  Click… 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 »

Engaging the Aging

Is your congregation intentionally inviting, nurturing, and equipping older adults to grow in faith and to serve as Christian disciples in their congregation, in their families, and in their communities? If not, why not? For a great resource on ministry to older adults,  subscribe to the Lutheran Senior Services newsletter “Engaging the Aging” at Engaging The… 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 »

Ready to Use Devotions for Church Meetings

How many meetings do you conduct each month? Are you expected to lead an opening or closing devotion? Here are 20 devotions ready to use. Each devotion in this file is a two-sided pdf file. You can print the one side and distribute it to the participants while reading the devotional text provided on the numbered leader’s page…. Read more »

Recovering Gender and Relationships

Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine, was the keynote speaker at the recent Indiana District Southern Pastors Conference. His topic was: “Father Knows Best: Biblical Means for Recovering Gender & Relationships.”  To download his presentation, see links below. Presentations: Biblical Means for Recovering Gender & Relationship Presentation Conference Study… Read more »

Gene’s Brunotes

Gene Brunow, the Indiana District’s retired Education Executive, has developed a Web site for spiritual growth, called Gene’s Brunotes. On the home page he has an article called “Getting Ready for Next Sunday”.  It takes the Gospel lesson (which pastors often preach on) for the coming Sunday and develops some insights and things to think about…. Read more »

Guidelines for Corporate Worship

For Conventions, Meetings, Workshops, and Gatherings of The Indiana District It is a gift from God for Christians to gather together within the Indiana District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We gather for work, for study, and for fellowship. In addition to these activities, the heart and center of our gathering is that which is not… Read more »