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 rating590 of 110482 of 143
Fund acquisition rating471 of 110565 of 143
Resource allocation rating229 of 110529 of 143
Asset utilization rating1022 of 1104134 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$419,260$249,144$215,244$46,520$98,900
Short-term investments$976,519$919,254$1,054,565$886,523$852,683
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,477,595$3,585,711$3,011,046$2,136,205$1,985,360
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,307,140$5,302,105$5,198,065$4,750,068$4,186,641
Other long-term assets$101,616$77,046$52,459$78,299$59,785
Total long-term assets$5,408,756$5,379,151$5,250,524$4,828,367$4,246,426
Total assets$9,886,351$8,964,862$8,261,570$6,964,572$6,231,786
Payables and accrued expenses$82,650$119,596$55,860$39,190$79,301
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$82,650$119,596$55,860$39,190$79,301
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$164,600$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$164,600$0
Total liabilities$82,650$119,596$55,860$203,790$79,301
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$6,448,759$6,155,182$5,821,923$5,319,067$4,399,512
With donor restrictions$3,354,942$2,690,084$2,383,787$1,441,715$1,752,973
Net assets$9,803,701$8,845,266$8,205,710$6,760,782$6,152,485
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Total contributions$4,952,038$4,615,470$4,799,623$3,435,029$3,546,665
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,552$52,183$81,680$35,208$12,924
Other revenue$2,023,509$2,049,653$1,576,507$1,299,018$886,952
Total other revenue$2,075,061$2,101,836$1,658,187$1,334,226$899,876
Total revenue$7,027,099$6,717,306$6,457,810$4,769,255$4,446,541
Program services$5,563,164$5,383,453$4,657,597$3,761,589$3,634,677
Management and general$295,177$302,646$233,828$233,159$251,756
Total expenses$6,106,039$5,931,597$5,104,612$4,173,880$4,003,937
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$921,060$785,709$1,353,198$595,375$442,604
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$921,060$785,709$1,353,198$595,375$442,604


Doug IschPresident$85,227
Ed SchwartzDir-New Init$54,007

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2023

Response from ministry

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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.