Free resource can be a catalyst for reaching the lost

The Indiana District received the following invitation from Mission USA.   Dear partner in the Gospel: As you may know, a new online church-planting resource has been developed by LCMS Church Planting to serve the Lord’s Church. An email went out last week to workers and congregations in your circuit. Please encourage them to use… Read more »

Some Thoughts on Stewardship

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us so that we are renewed in our spirit, will, attitude and desires. The Holy Spirit enables us to rise above our natural inclinations. The natural inclinations that we all have are inclinations of selfishness and self-centeredness. Godly stewardship is the opposite of selfishness and self-centeredness. The desire to serve God… Read more »

Caring for every human — in body and soul

The phrase “human care” may evoke many images in your mind. Human care includes helping those who have just experienced a disaster. In our district, we are blessed with men and women trained to be early responders who also become part of a team; hence the name Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT). They provide human… Read more »

Emmanuel Lutheran generously supports Outreach Kentucky

At our recent southern pastors conference Rev. Dan Gadbaw, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Tell City, Indiana presented Rev. Geoffrey Robinson, Executive Counselor of Outreach and Human Care, a check totaling four thousand dollars that his congregation was contributing to the Outreach Kentucky endeavor. Rev. Gadbaw challenged the pastors to encourage their congregations to contribute… Read more »

Videos from Small Town & Rural Ministry Convocation

These videos are a collection of the speakers and their messages at a Small Town/Rural Ministry Convocation held at the Indiana District – LCMS office in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The convocation was held on May 6, 2017.

Mission Festival Sunday

Do you remember the days when most of our LCMS congregations had a mission festival event? The last church that I served in Altamont, Illinois had a mission festival Sunday every year. It was a great experience.  We invited a missionary who was working in cross cultural ministry either in the foreign field or in… Read more »

What Is It That Should Unite Us?

The Word of God should unite us!  St. Paul writes, “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV)  Strife and… Read more »

Resource for Churches

There is a new resource for churches who are considering planting a daughter church.  The resource is titled: “Mission Field:USA A Resource for Church Planting.” It was written by Rev. Steven D. Schave who is an executive staff member in the department of national missions of our Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.   You can get… Read more »

Why Are You A Lutheran?

I am a Lutheran because of the great good news that one doesn’t have to merit heaven through one’s good works.  In fact, if you think that you must do something to earn your place in heaven, your are despising Jesus Christ.  Strong words I know — but consider what St. Paul says of it… Read more »

A New Year Has Begun!

Let us rejoice and be glad that God has blessed us with this New Year of 2017.  Will it be a year of economic boon? Will it be a year of difficulty and strife? I can’t answer those questions.  But I can state that for the Christian it will be a year in which God… Read more »