KENTUCKY - INDIANA
THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW. ASK THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THEREFORE, TO SEND OUT WORKERS INTO HIS HARVEST FIELD
WELCOME TO THE NALC HEARTLAND MISSION DISTRICT
The Heartland Mission District is comprised of 12 churches, 1 mission start church, and 1 Lutheran Ministry spread across the Kentucky – Indiana region. We also support 2 foreign ministries.
Our church sizes, locations and programs are diverse, but all are based on the Four Core Values of the North American Lutheran Church. We are: Christ Centered, Mission Driven, Traditionally Grounded and Congregationally Focused.
2021 HEARTLAND MISSION DISTRICT CONVOCATION HELD OCTOBER 2
The Heartland Mission District (HMD) held its annual convocation on October 2 at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thiele Road in Fort Wayne. The guest speaker was North American Lutheran Seminary President Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen.
Restructuring of the NALC was presented during the business meeting. The NALC is growing. Its 470 congregations will be divided into 4 quadrants or Mission Regions: 1) Canada and the West, 2) Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa (Heartland Mission District) 3) Illinois and south to Texas and 4) the Northeast.
Pastor Doug Gast was elected the new Dean for the Heartland Mission District (Indiana and Kentucky). Clergy elected to the HMD Council were Pastor Dave Hill (3-year term), Pastor Victor Kolch (2-year term) and Pastor Norman Dew (1-year term). One lay person, Melanie Crapser, was elected to a 3-year term.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CONVOCATION SESSIONS:
Healing Ministry for the local church: The presentation included the healing miracles of the Bible and how faith made them possible. It also included the blessings felt by those who attend such services in the present. HMD Churches attending were encouraged to consider starting healing services.
Seminary Education: 78% of NALC pastors are age 60 or older. Churches need to encourage and support the vocation of ministry. The seminaries are in need of financial help from the congregations.
Binding the Wounds of War: The 14-year-old Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry (LMVFM) provides Christ-centered counseling to veterans, contractors and military family members. Responding to 22 military-related suicides per day, LMVFM provides training seminars for churches. Additionally, LMVFM conducts Bible studies and connects veterans to donated items.
NALC Disaster Response Ministry: Disaster Response is currently working on two projects. The first project is in Connersville, IN where a warehouse is being constructed. The concrete floor is in, and they are awaiting materials to arrive to begin building. The second project is in Owosso, MI where they need help finishing the inside of a 30-by-30-foot warehouse that will store emergency supplies. (Owosso is about 30 miles west of Flint, and housing will be provided.) To volunteer, contact Mary Bates, director of the ministry, (740) 509-1132 or Pastor George Zornow, (419) 890-7326.
Youth Gathering: The youth had their own program, and they assembled school kits for NALC Disaster Response as a service project! They joined the adults for worship services.
CHECK OUT PASTOR DAVE SMITH'S BLOG "SPIRITUAL STAMINA"
Readings and reflections based on the Daily Revised Common Lectionary. Reflections speak to the context in which the people of Trinity Lutheran Church in Logansport, IN, conduct their mission. Yet, the Word of God speaks equally into every context and circumstance.
HEARTLAND MISSION DISTRICT RESOURCES
The Heartland Mission District is comprised of 13 churches and several Lutheran Ministries spread across the Kentucky – Indiana region.
Dean – Rev. Doug Gast
A list of the Pastors of the Heartland MIssion District and the congregations they serve.
GoodNews! For Christ
See our GoodNews! section for the latest in daily devotions and mission events in the NALC.