Congregational Ministry

River of Life VBS

Looking for a fun, affordable, and Lutheran VBS program? Check out “River of Life” from the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, a week-long VBS curriculum highlighting five favorite Bible stories featuring water: creation, Noah and the ark, the crossing of the Red Sea, Jonah and the baptism of Jesus. The curriculum uses craft materials most churches have… Read more »

Indiana District Travel Expense Reimbursement Form

To access a copy of the Indiana District LCMS Travel Expense Reimbursement Voucher, the form is available here. You may download either a pdf version of the District Travel Expense Form or an Excel version to record any travel expenses you must submit to the district. If you have any questions, please contact the Indiana District Finance Department … Read more »

Higher Things 2016

Held annually, Higher Things is a youth conference intended to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating, encouraging, and promoting a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults. The theme for this year’s conference is “Bread of Life”. There are 3 Higher Things Conferences scheduled in 2016. The dates and locations are as follows: June 28… Read more »

Indiana District Youth Gathering

The Indiana District Youth Gathering is an annual high school youth gathering, sponsored by the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for youth to gathering in fellowship, worship Jesus, grow in their faith, and use their God-given gifts for service. The 2015 gathering was held at Emmaus… Read more »

Junior High Rally 2016

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Junior High Rallies! The dates are September 16-17 for Camp Lakeview in the south, and September 17-18 for Camp Lutherhaven in the north. The theme for this year’s rally is “Identify” based on 1 Corinthians 6:17 which says, “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in… Read more »

Salary Guidelines

This page is intended to be a resource, providing guidance for Lutheran congregations on the LCMS salary guidelines. It includes pdf files of salary guidelines for the current and previous years, as well as a salary guidelines worksheet for congregations to utilize. Salary Guidelines Worksheet Salary Guidelines by Years 2021 Salary Guidelines 2020 Salary Guidelines… Read more »

Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN)

The Network Concept Family Friendly Partner’s Network (FFPN) is the creation of Professor Ben Freudenburg, chair of the Family Life Ministry Department at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  He has invited Districts of the LCMS to form a network, usually involving 6-10 congregations.  The training then takes place over a three-year span as the churches learn… Read more »

Congregational Treasurer’s Manual

The Congregational Treasurer’s Manual provides information on various aspects of the duties of congregational treasurer. How to Use this Manual… This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. This manual is published with the understanding that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is not engaged in rendering legal,… Read more »

Children’s Ministry Resources for Growing in Christ

Children’s ministry is a vital component of our Lutheran congregations. It exists in many formats and looks different in each congregation. Concordia Publishing House has developed a number of children’s ministry resources to help congregations with this important educational task. This page contains a number of children’s ministry resources that can be used in your… Read more »

Pastoral Call Process

Lord, you know everyone’s heart.  Show us which of these…men you have chosen… Acts. 1:24 Calling a Pastor in a time of pastoral vacancy is an involved process, following these basic steps. Contact your Circuit Visitor. Conduct a congregational self-study.  The self-study is available from the District Office. Arrange a pre-call meeting with the District President… Read more »