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Investing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)

Dear Friend in Christ, I wanted to touch base and remind you of why you can feel good investing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF): we share your Lutheran beliefs and your love for the church. As your LCEF District Vice President, I’ve put together a few...

The Threefold Purpose of Lutheran Education

With so many challenges facing Lutheran fathers and mothers, pastors and teachers, and our parish schools in these days, it is essential that we keep our bearings and retain our focus on the fundamental goals and purposes of Lutheran education. Whether it be our...

Ordained Calls and Vacancies – Updated June 19, 2024

CONGREGATIONS / RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL (SENIOR or SOLE): Note: Changes from last week's list are marked in colored font. ARCADIA, Emanuel - called Rev. Jerrell Simmerman (candidate) AVON, Our Shepherd (Senior) - called Rev. Andrew Gruenhagen (Wayne,...

Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland Conference Seeks Presenters

Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana, is once again hosting Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland (BPMH), a FREE CONFERENCE within driving distance of your church! With the goal of helping other congregations most effectively use their God-given gifts, this...

Candidate Annual Reports are on Their Way!

The last Synodical Convention changed the due date for rostered candidates (both ordained and commissioned) to return their required Annual Reports.  While rostered emeriti still have to turn their reports in by January 31 each year, rostered CANDIDATES now return...

Supporting Ministry to the Armed Forces: The CTSFW Military Project

The CTSFW Military Project supports the invaluable ministry of chaplains within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to the Armed Forces. This project is dedicated to equipping these chaplains with theological resources and encouragement as they extend the mercy...

The Fifth Biennial Exhibition of Sacred Visual Art at CTSFW

“Singing of Jesus Christ” The Fifth Biennial Exhibition of Sacred Visual Art, sponsored by the Good Shepherd Institute of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), invites artists to capture the spirit of "Singing of Jesus Christ" from the following hymns,...