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2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference

November 8 @ 11:00 am - November 10 @ 11:30 am

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 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.

Building on the theme “Have No Fear,” the conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett, guest professor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.;
  • Rev. Timothy Koch, pastor, Concordia Lutheran Church, Cresbard, S.D., and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wecota, S.D.;
  • Chaplain Craig Muehler, director, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces; and
  • Rev. Tom Schlund, senior pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona, Iowa.

Choose from breakout topics such as disaster training, youth ministry, ministry to inactives, family ministry outreach, stewardship, hope during grief, opportunities with Recognized Service Organizations and many other topics affecting our rural and small-town congregations.

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Registration open

The conference rate of $215 includes all plenary, breakout and Bible study sessions; Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and Friday dinner; and all conference materials.

Online registration is available; the deadline is Sept. 15.

Special rates are available for couples, students, meals only and groups. Please contact the RSTM office with questions.

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Hotel information

The Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel is offering a negotiated nightly rate of $106 for single occupancy and $114 for double occupancy (plus applicable taxes). The rate includes one daily breakfast buffet per occupant, complimentary self-parking and complimentary airport transportation.

Hotel reservations must be made with Hilton online, or call 816-891-8900 and ask for the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission Conference rate.

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About the conference

The LCMS 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference will address the blessings and challenges facing rural and small-town congregations today as well as encourage those congregations and their leaders in cultivating healthy churches that are eager to bear witness to Christ, show mercy to those in need in their communities and develop a robust life together with their fellow members.

This conference is geared for anyone from a rural and small-town setting. While there is no “one size fits all” solution, participants will be encouraged as they see new opportunities for engaging their communities and are filled with hope for the future. Fellowship with others who have also been placed in this unique mission field will be invaluable, too.

Invitation & speakers Order merchandise by Oct. 15

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New for 2018: Continuing Education Unit credits available

Conference attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Unit credits from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

To receive credits, individuals must complete at least 15 session/Bible study hours at the conference and return an application form along with a $10 processing fee to Concordia Theological Seminary. The form and complete instructions will be provided after the conference.

Questions can be directed to Kara Mertz at CTSFW by calling 260-452-2103 or by emailing kara.mertz@ctsfw.edu.


November 8 @ 11:00 am
November 10 @ 11:30 am
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LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission


Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel
8801 NW 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153 United States
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