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There are various grants available from the Indiana District – LCMS. Learn more about the grants in the information below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the District Office.

Indiana District Pastor Student Debt Reduction Assistance Grant

Thanks be to God for all of His gifts including those given to the benefit of this newly created fund, which will be utilized to help called and ordained pastors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod serving in the Indiana District.  This assistance will be supplied in the form of grants given for student loan debt reduction.

Pastor Student Debt Reduction Assistance Policy

Download Pastor Student Debt Reduction Assistance Application.

New Church Worker Grants

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 Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The grant is awarded to individuals following initial placement and may be received for a total of three years. Applicants must apply each year and they must apply for the grant within 7 years of graduation.

The amount of the grant given is based on the number of years they attended a synodical university, not to exceed 7 years for ordained workers and 4 years for commissioned workers. The number of years does not include full year internships or vicarages. Applications are due yearly on December 31. Grants will be disbursed to all eligible individuals in April.

Contact Indiana District LCMS (education@in.lcms.org) for more information.

New Church Workers Grant Policy

Download the New Church Worker Grant Application.

Ministry Support Grant

This grant is given with the intention of assisting District congregations with new ministry and outreach initiatives in the areas of workers, equipment and facilities. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and are renewable for up to 3 years.

Contact Rev. Dr. Geoffrey L. Robinson (geoff.robinson@in.lcms.org) for more information.

Download the Ministry Support Grant guidelines and instructions.

Campus Ministry Assistance

The purpose of this Indiana District Campus Ministry Worker Assistance Fund is to receive gifts and bequests and to use such gifts and bequests for the financial assistance of professional Church workers of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (pastors, vicars, DCE’s or other rostered workers of the Synod) serving within the Indiana District in campus ministry. This assistance will be supplied in the form of grants given for student loan debt reduction and/or for continuing education, conferences and training focused on campus ministry.

New Ministry Initiative Grant

The New Ministry Initiative Matching Grant is given with the intention of assisting Indiana District congregations, Indiana RSOs and Indiana District circuits with new outreach efforts in their communities.

Applications need to be received by the Indiana District Outreach Office by December 1, March 1 or August 1 for consideration. Grant applicants will be screened by the Council for Congregational Outreach. Final approval of the grant will be vested in the Indiana District Board of Directors.

Contact Rev. Geoff Robinson (geoff.robinson@in.lcms.org) for more information.

Download the New Ministry Initiative Grant guidelines and instructions.