Rural and Small Town Mission

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — March 2016

In the March 2016 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ, congregations are reminded of how, when they reach out to those in need, God uses them to multiply His love and help people in various ways.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — February 2016

The February 2016 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ provides helpful suggestions for building, strengthening and supporting church choirs in rural and small-town congregations.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — January 2016

The January 2016 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares insights about how rural congregations are reaching out and connecting to immigrants and refugees in their communities.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — December 2015

The December 2015 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ recaps the 2015 National RSTM Conference held Nov. 5-7, in Kansas City, Mo., both in words and in pictures. The conference was a success with more than 160 pastors and lay leaders in attendance.

RSTM conference looks at ‘ripe harvest,’ barriers to outreach

More than 160 participants from 24 states attend the Synod’s National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

2015 State of the Synod

God help us. He does, and He will. End times? Yes, indeed. “God is faithful,” as the apostle says (1 Cor. 1:9). And this faith in Christ is “a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — November 2015

The November 2015 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares the story of Vicar Steve Struecker’s journey through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program and how he helps bring the Gospel to struggling churches in rural Iowa.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — October 2015

The October issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares information about the Acts 1:8 Ministry in Green Bay, Wis.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — September 2015

The September issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares highlights from the Worker Priest “Respite and Revitalization” Retreat, which was sponsored by LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission on July 22-23 at Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Mo.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — August 2015

The August issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ provides insight into how congregations can make church events into community outreach opportunities.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — July 2015

The July issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ provides insight into how congregation members can welcome new people and include those in the congregation who are not regular attendees. The newsletter offers registration details for the 2015 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference Nov. 5-7 in Kansas City, Mo.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter — June 2015

In this issue from LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), ways for congregations to make their church buildings and the surrounding property welcoming to everyone are provided and discussed. Information on the upcoming National RSTM Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 5-7, 2015, is also shared.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – May 2015

In this issue from LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), ways to help congregations use their publications (printed and online) to engage individuals who may not be “in the know” are provided and discussed. The whole purpose of tweaking what is being used or creating new methods is to make people feel welcomed and included in congregations.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – April 2015

In this issue from LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), ways that congregations can properly welcome their new pastor and his family are discussed and provided. Being patient, offering forgiveness and being there for them are just some of the steps church members can take to help make their transition less difficult.

A Revitalization Moment

Early in any stage of revitalization, reorganization, reinvigoration or whatever you want to call it, it is easy to have that sense of excitement. There is urgency in your work and little victories seem like great triumphs. And then, time wears on.

Registration opens for 2015 RSTM conference

Registration is open through Sept. 15 for the Synod’s 2015 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference, set for Nov. 5-7 in Kansas City, Mo.