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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Attend 2018 Conference

The LCMS will host its 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference on Nov. 8-10 in Kansas City, Mo., at the Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel.

Online registration is open from March 15 to Sept. 15.

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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.

Webinars are typically offered monthly, and archives are available for viewing.

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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

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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 – LCMS News & Information
Registration opens for 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference
Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:53:40 AM

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission: March 2018 Newsletter
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:27:33 AM

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