When dual and multi parishes work together, partnership in the Gospel needs to be at the center of all they do. These partnerships need to be focused on strengthening the Body of Christ and sharing Christ’s love and light with the disconnected and unchurched.
This issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ discusses the importance of the servant leadership role of the pastor in a rural and small-town congregation. The newsletter also includes practical suggestions for how pastors can use the talents and abilities that God has given them to influence the individuals and groups they shepherd.
LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission newsletter highlights how using demographic data provides a numeric backdrop of a community’s past, present and future, which a congregation can use to help plan service and outreach opportunities.
The June 2017 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares insight into teaching the faith to adults in congregations. This task should be balanced between normal classroom learning and the learning that happens when individuals share life together and build up one another in Christ.
The April 2017 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ shares the reflections of Craig Rinkus, a seminary student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Rinkus and four fellow seminary students got a taste of rural life and ministry during a week-long immersion experience in western Missouri.