Gift Planning

District Convention begins this week

On Thursday and Friday, Lutherans will gather from throughout Indiana and northern Kentucky at the Grand Wayne Center to prayerfully consider our work together. As we do every three years, we will share ministry reports, elect leaders, and vote on important matters. Clergy and lay delegates will represent every congregation in our District. The theme for... Read more »

Job Opening for Gift Planning Counselor

Do you have a desire to help others with gift planning opportunities in the present and future? If so, the LCMS Foundation currently has a job opening for a Gift Planning Counselor to serve the Indiana District. If you are interested in learning more about linking Christians with the giving opportunities available to them, visit… Read more »

Thy Will Be Done

“Thy Will Be Done.” We pray these words regularly in our use of the Lord’s Prayer. Our souls earnestly desire to live in God’s will, living by faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ and living to respond in faith with works of service. Yet if we be honest, we often segment our lives and the… Read more »

Building on a Foundation of Generosity

The Lutheran Foundation’s Legacy of Stewardship The Lutheran Foundation (TLF) maintains a rich history of grant making to local Lutheran ministries and community organizations with the goal of improving and enhancing quality of life for all. In 2013, The Lutheran Foundation board and CEO, Marcia Haaff, sharpened their community focus by asking a pivotal question:… Read more »

New Stewardship Programs Available for Download

First Fruits Living and Giving Looking for a free and joyous activity for your church with a whole-life stewardship emphasis?  There are now five sets of materials available for downloading free from the District’s website. These programs from Stewardship Advisors are Scripturally-based, grace-centered, copy-ready, and contain everything your LCMS church will need:  Bible studies, bulletin messages, commitment forms,... Read more »

Stewardship Begins by Receiving

The stereotypical understanding of “stewardship” describes a process of giving, encourages generosity and seeks to inspire sacrificial giving. In my seven years in stewardship consulting, I’ve come to see “stewardship” and “generous giving” as a likely a second dynamic to “receiving” (yes, receiving). The grace to receive, the acceptance of God’s Gifts in whatever sacrificial… Read more »

Joyfully Managing the Lord’s Gifts

We pray to the Lord, asking Him to bless our lives with the outflow of His grace. It all centers in what He has given us in His Son Jesus. From that flows all the other things that enrich our daily experience. So we have prayed for our economy. If you have invested in the… Read more »

$2.69 Million Dollar Endowment to ULu

On January 29, Rev. Philip Krupski, Indiana District Gift Planning Counselor with the LCMS Foundation announced to President Daniel May and University Lutheran in West Lafayette (Purdue) the creation of the Lanelle Geddes Endowment for ministry at University Lutheran. Currently $2.69 million has funded the endowment and a seven-figure addition is anticipated later this year.  This… Read more »

Transferring the Blessings

Each year we plan on giving gifts at Christmas.  We get asked for the work place gift.  We shop for the perfect gift for our loved ones.  We spend a lot of time and money in December on gifts that are out of proportion to the rest of the year.  We do all of this… Read more »

Trusts and Endowments

The LCMS Foundation believes that long-term investment objectives will be achieved through prudent management of risks associated with long-term rewards. While the preservation of capital is important, varying degrees of investment risk should be rewarded with compensating returns. Thus, prudent risk taking is justifiable. Investment strategies for the Foundation will seek to achieve total rates… Read more »