Loving Shepherd Ministries

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We're reaching the world's vulnerable children - those most in danger of starvation and trafficking - through a variety of programs ranging from Adoption to Foster Care to Family Preservation and Discipleship.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Loving Shepherd Ministries
PO Box 375
1935 N Main St
Bluffton, IN 46714

Website: loving-shepherd.org

Phone: 260-824-9000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 364495623

CEO/President: Doug Isch

Chairman: Mark Gerber

Board size: 8


Ruling year: 2002

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Vision: As vulnerable children reach their God-given potential, they will grow up to become godly leaders and influencers, breaking destructive cycles and creating lasting change in the communities we serve.

We believe in empowering vulnerable children so they can reach their full potential. We serve 250 vulnerable kids in Haiti through our unique continuum of care, which includes Child Development, Trauma Recovery, Vocational Training, Discipleship Programs, Life Skills, Service Opportunities, and more.

LSM operates multiple businesses in Haiti for the purpose of creating revenue streams to support LSM's ongoing work to help vulnerable kids, as well as to provide sustainable jobs within the communities we serve. In Ethiopia we use job training to empower formerly trafficked mothers.

Loving Shepherd Ministries provides vulnerable kids with a unique continuum of care from childhood through adulthood, facilitating spiritual and mental recovery while providing tools to help them grow into self-sufficient leaders, holistically equipped to transform their cultures for Christ.

Mission statement

We help the world's most vulnerable children reach their God-given potential by:
Creating and Sustaining Families
Engaging the Church in the U.S. and Abroad
Developing Educational and Business Opportunities

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating681 of 109483 of 144
Fund acquisition rating613 of 109779 of 144
Resource allocation rating252 of 109724 of 144
Asset utilization rating1009 of 1094137 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$46,520$98,900$46,925$74,688$82,496
Short-term investments$886,523$852,683$852,094$778,156$696,570
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,136,205$1,985,360$2,140,451$2,793,248$3,736,548
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,750,068$4,186,641$3,631,245$2,524,200$672,739
Other long-term assets$78,299$59,785$36,710$47,172$14,829
Total long-term assets$4,828,367$4,246,426$3,667,955$2,571,372$687,568
Total assets$6,964,572$6,231,786$5,808,406$5,364,620$4,424,116
Payables and accrued expenses$39,190$79,301$54,758$38,659$9,541
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$39,190$79,301$54,758$38,659$9,541
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$164,600$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$164,600$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$203,790$79,301$54,758$38,659$9,541
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,319,067$4,399,512$3,833,048$3,075,921$1,188,294
With donor restrictions$1,441,715$1,752,973$1,920,600$2,250,040$3,226,281
Net assets$6,760,782$6,152,485$5,753,648$5,325,961$4,414,575
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Total contributions$3,435,029$3,546,665$4,062,040$4,060,082$4,012,727
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$35,208$12,924$41,776$9,110$7,837
Other revenue$1,299,018$886,952$566,896$281,663$242,486
Total other revenue$1,334,226$899,876$608,672$290,773$250,323
Total revenue$4,769,255$4,446,541$4,670,712$4,350,855$4,263,050
Program services$3,761,589$3,634,677$3,885,124$3,178,371$2,550,437
Management and general$233,159$251,756$228,552$221,416$228,714
Total expenses$4,173,880$4,003,937$4,239,619$3,519,090$2,930,338
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$595,375$442,604$431,093$831,765$1,332,712
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$595,375$442,604$431,093$831,765$1,332,712


Doug IschPresident$72,750
Ed SchwartzDir-New Init$65,530

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


For a timeline, visit: https://loving-shepherd.org/the-lsm-story/

Program accomplishments

Haiti - 240 formerly vulnerable children in 20 Homes of Hope grown into country changers for Christ.
Ethiopia - 590 at-risk families empowered through education, job skills training, discipleship, and more.
USA - 7,300 adoptions navigated, saving prospective adoption families incalculable time and money.