Rural & Small Town Mission

Providing Guidance and Support to Rural and Small Town Churches

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Rural & Small Town Mission supports pastors, professional church workers and lay leaders to meet the challenges of leading Christ-centered outreach in their unique communities.

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2019 RSTM Conference

The 2019 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference is set for Nov. 14–16 in Minneapolis at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South.

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Educational Webinars

Rural & Small Town Mission webinars provide LCMS pastors and congregational leaders with practical, relevant ideas for engaging the community with the Gospel.

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Resources & Services

‘Engaging’ Events

Engaging Your Community events can help leaders identify congregational assets and make plans for using resources to engage communities with the Gospel.

Engaging the Wandering events are designed to assist congregations with practical approaches for engaging and reaching inactive members with the Gospel.

Cost per individual is $25. For more information, or to schedule an event in your district, contact Amy Gerdts.


National RSTM Conference

The annual conference addresses the blessings and challenges facing rural and small-town congregations, encouraging them and their leaders in cultivating healthy churches.




Outreach Strategies

Congregations face unique challenges, and Rural & Small Town Mission offers several outreach strategies and resources, including:

Contact Amy Gerdts at 888-463-5127 or at if you have questions about specific resources.


Reaching Rural America for Christ

The monthly RSTM newsletter offers suggestions for building, strengthening and supporting congregations.





Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission, and pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Madison, Neb.

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Ministry Overview

RSTM supports rural and small town congregations because, while the work to which God has called them is the same across the country, the context in which that work is carried out varies from setting to setting.

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Recent Articles & Stories

Rural and Small Town Mission – Reporter
LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission: October 2019 Newsletter
Thursday, September 26, 2019 4:29:57 PM

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission: September 2019 Newsletter
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:01:03 PM

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