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2019 LCMS National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference

November 14 | 11:00 am - November 16 | 11:30 am

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will host its 2019 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference on Nov. 14-16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South near the Mall of America.

The speakers and sessions will build on the theme “Running With Endurance: Eyes Fixed On Jesus” and will address the blessings and challenges facing rural and small-town congregations.

Scheduled plenary speakers:

  • Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission
  • Rev. Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil, executive director of Spiritual Care, DOXOLOGY

The Rev. Robert Zagore, executive director, LCMS Office of National Mission, will lead the Bible study on the conference theme.

Participants may choose from breakout sessions on topics such as dealing with addiction, mental health, young adults in ministry, bi-vocational pastors, stewardship, community engagement, disaster response and many other topics affecting our rural and small-town congregations.



Registration is $225 per person, which includes all sessions and materials, Thursday dinner, and Friday lunch and dinner.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel conference rate includes one breakfast buffet per day per occupant.

Special rates are available for families, couples, students, groups and meals-only. Please contact Amy Gerdts at 888-463-5127 for details.

Conference registration rates increase by $10 per person after Sept. 1. Registration closes on Sept. 20.

Register Online     Registration Form (Fillable PDF)

Hotel information

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South reservations must be made separately. The deadline for reserving rooms is Saturday, Sept. 28.

Our negotiated rate is $100 for a single or a double, plus applicable taxes. The hotel rate includes one breakfast buffet per day per occupant, complimentary self-parking and complimentary airport and Mall of America transportation on request.

Call 800-HILTONS or 952-835-7800 and ask for in-house reservations and inform the reservation agent that you are attending the LCMS 2019 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference.

About the conference

The National RSTM 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.

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 14 | 11:00 am
November 16 | 11:30 am
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