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Gift Planning and Endowments

The Indiana District has partnered with the LCMS Foundation, a ministry of the Synod, to help members plan gifts to ministry and family, and to help ministries to grow and steward those gifts through endowments and investment services.

For Church Members

  • Wondering how to bless family and ministry with gifts through your estate?
  • Need assistance finding an attorney to complete your estate planning?
  • Concerned about taxes, confused about the process or not sure where to begin?


For Ministry Leaders

  • Looking to start a planned giving program or stewardship emphasis?
  • Interested in a presentation on gift planning, wills/trusts, or ministry endowments?
  • Need advice on starting an endowment or better administering or promoting an existing endowment?
  • Just received a large gift or bequest and aren’t sure how to proceed?
Contact Indiana District Gift Planning Counselor Mark Muehl at mark.muehl@lfnd.org or 260-241-4845 and he would be happy to help guide you through the process as a Christian friend and counselor.

LCMS Foundation Articles

Prewritten LCMS Foundation Bulletin Blurbs are Available

Here are a few prewritten LCMS Foundation bulletin blurbs that are available for your use: June 2, 2024 Planning a gift for ministry from your estate can generate concern about whether that ministry will be still in existence when the Lord calls you home. Gift...

June 2024 LCMS Foundation Newsletter

Most of the congregations that the Apostle Paul planted on his missionary journeys did not last for centuries. It may very well be that ministries in the Lord’s Church are meant to be changing and nimble to reach the world as it changes. Nonetheless, we often become...