Rural and Small Town Mission

Life Together

The LCMS Office of National Mission (ONM) works to foster healthy Lutheran congregations that bear witness and have mercy in that same life together.

Revitalizing Ministry in Rural America

RSTM helps congregations become aware of the changing demographics around them, and it provides tools and ongoing leadership training for pastors and lay leaders.

Events aim to engage rural congregations

By Roland Lovstad The Rev. Mark Nebel recalls that when he began serving his first call at a small congregation in Southern Illinois, there were no children in the worship services. “The mentality was ‘We’re too old, we’re too small,…

Leaders stress partnerships for rural, small-town ministry

By Roland Lovstad Craig Pankow refuses to accept the notion that his small-town congregation in North Dakota will close for lack of members. In fact, he wants to encourage other rural and small-town churches to visualize outreach as a viable…

Conference looks at reaching rural America with the Gospel

By Roland Lovstad Rev. Todd Kollbaum admits there were times when he prayed God would send him a call or derail the effort to build a regional ministry among three congregations in rural Cole Camp, Mo. “Time after time, God…

‘Catalyst’ to advance rural, small-town ministry

By Roland Lovstad LCMS ministry in rural areas and small towns can be summarized with a couple of 50 percent statistics:  Slightly more than half of the 6,000-plus LCMS congregations are in communities with fewer than 15,000 population, and about…