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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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.

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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 LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission.

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 LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission at 888-843-5267 or at if you have questions about specific resources.

Welcoming Workshops

Welcoming Workshops focus on three areas: Welcoming Buildings, Welcoming Publications, and Welcoming People.

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission will offer practical resources and communication skills for making our congregations welcoming places to provide God’s Word to members and visitors.

Cost per individual is $25. For more information, or to schedule an event in your district, contact LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission.

Reaching Rural America for Christ

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




Rev. Dr. Mark A. Wood
Managing Director — LCMS Church Planting, Renewal, and Support

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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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The LCMS Office of National Mission works within the borders of the United States to support the programs and resources available to congregations, districts, schools, Recognized Service Organizations and other Lutheran organizations.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

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