School Stats – Update from LCMS Schools

Good Afternoon Everyone,   Happy Monday! We are now one week into the annual School Statistics submission process, and while you will not be hearing from me every week, I wanted to share with you three important items that have come up in the last week. Please see below and let me know what questions… Read more »

Don’t Forget to RSVP for Fall Pastors Conference!

Please be sure to RSVP for the upcoming Fall Pastors Conference if you haven’t done so already!  Even if your pastor is unable to attend, we ask that you go online and fill out the registration form for the event.  There is a place to mark whether or not you will be able to be… Read more »

Where is the Cross?

Where Is the Cross? Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.        (Matthew 18:27, NKJ) Everywhere true forgiveness is found, the cross of Christ is behind it. Hundreds of times the Old Testament speaks of God forgiving His people.  After God instituted the sacrificial system… Read more »

DOE Choice Update 9-4-2020

From Brad Pendleton: ~~~ Good Afternoon, Yesterday, the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) held their September meeting and decided not to move the September 2020 count date from September 18, 2020. Additionally, the SBOE provided language which will not impact the funding for public school corporations that offer virtual instruction as a result of… Read more »

The Greatest Are Like Children

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 18:3) When the disciples questioned Jesus about greatness in the kingdom of heaven, the Greek wording indicates they were not asking who is the greatest but who is the greater.  When posed this way… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated September 2, 2020

BREMEN, St. Paul – Pastor Rohde retiring CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry) – DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – FORT WAYNE, Bethlehem – called Rev. Christopher Jackson FORT WAYNE, Peace – called Rev. Kevin Mann – accepted – installation 10/11/20 GEORGETOWN, Shepherd of the Hills – INDIANAPOLIS, Holy Cross – INDIANAPOLIS, Trinity – called Rev…. Read more »

Reminder – Pastors’ Conference

This is just a reminder that the hotel deadline for the Fall Pastors’ Conference is Sept. 16.  All information is on our website at We continue our planning for an in-person conference.  We will adhere to and practice Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders and CDC guidelines.  On-line registration and a link for the housing is… Read more »

Upcoming Early Childhood Conversations

Good Afternoon, As a member of the Indiana Early Childhood Cabinet, I would like to invite all Indiana EC directors to continue our Monthly Zoom chats Kathy Frank had originally scheduled over the summer months.  We had a great turn out for those sessions and we hope we can continue these conversations as we jump… Read more »