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.

The newsletter also offers information about ongoing free monthly webinars and other events.

Read April 2017 RSTM newsletter

Visit to learn more about this ministry and the resources it provides. Also, mark your calendars and pray for the following upcoming events offered through RSTM:

  • Engaging the Wandering (ETW) event in Green Valley, Ill. – Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time at St. John’s (Sand Prairie) Lutheran Church. The LCMS Central Illinois District will help with the presentations. View schedule and register online.
  • re:Vitality for Rural and Small Town Congregations” free webinar presented by Rev. Mark Wood, director, LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry – Thursday, April 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit if you are interested in participating.
  • “Teaching the Faith: Sunday School” free webinar presented by Angela Kollbaum, youth director, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Concordia, Mo. – Thursday, May 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit if you are interested in participating.
  • 2017 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Kansas City, Mo., at the Hilton Kansas City Airport – Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11. Keynote speakers include the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission; the Rev. Heath Trampe, senior pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, York, Neb.; Benjamin Winchester, senior research fellow, University of Minnesota Extension; and the Rev. Benjamin Meyer, pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Sunbury, Ohio. More information and online registration can be found at