Special Mission Projects

District Responds to Hurricane Devastation in the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence may be a distant memory for those who don’t live in the Carolinas, but the remnants of its impact still exist. Heaps of debris litter yards, including old carpets, ruined furniture and downed trees. According to Pastor Jim Daub, from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havelock, North Carolina, “The trees are a big… Read more »

Three Grants Available from the Indiana District

Did you know there are currently three grants available from the Indiana District for churches and church workers? The New Church Worker Grant is available for ordained and commissioned workers who were members of an Indiana District congregation while attending a synodical university and are now called to a congregation, school or RSO of the… Read more »

Jail Ministry within the Indiana District

Did you know the Indiana District has an active and ongoing jail ministry in Whitley County? Hear Deaconess Carole Terkula (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City), Rev. David Mommens (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City) and Rev. Philip Rittner II (Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City) speak in their own words about the jail ministry they… Read more »

How ECHO is creating hope and opportunity for teen moms

“I’m a better mother. Had I not been guided by ECHO, my life would be totally different right now. This program can save your life.” That’s how teen mothers are describing ECHO, a program through Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI). ECHO stands for Education Creates Hope and Opportunity, and that’s just what these young women… 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 »

Students learn to live generously, even in times of hardship

Update: The original story indicated that LSUS was unable to accept new Choice Scholarships (vouchers) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Those consequences were lifted by the State Board of Education in June according to state law and following the school’s “B” grade. That’s great news for Fort Wayne students!  Students at Lutheran South Unity School… Read more »

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 »

Paying It Forward to Outreach Kentucky

Faith Lutheran Church in DeMotte, Indiana, likes to practice what they preach. So when the congregation received a grant from LCMS to help them purchase land, they knew they were going to tithe back to the district out of thankfulness for God’s blessing—and they earmarked the funds for Outreach Kentucky. “It’s pretty customary for our… Read more »

Outreach Kentucky is “a ripe harvest field in our own backyard”

“The Indiana District’s ‘Outreach Kentucky‘ is finding a ripe harvest field in our own backyard,” said Rev. Peter Cage, senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “It is hard to believe that such a populous region, almost devoid of any familiarity with the proclamation of ‘Christ for us,’ could be located in… Read more »

Outreach Kentucky video explores a vital need, says Rev. Mark Wood

The District’s new Outreach Kentucky video emphasizes the importance of reaching the next generation with the truth of the Gospel, says Rev. Mark Wood, Director of the Witness and Outreach Ministry for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. “As people become more aware of the challenges that we face as an aging church body, many in… Read more »