The May 2016 issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ discusses the importance of congregations engaging in strategic planning. While not to be held in priority over worship, prayer and the study of God’s Word, strategic planning is of great value to the church in serving the Gospel.
The newsletter also offers information about ongoing events and free monthly webinars.
Visit lcms.org/rstm to learn more about this ministry and the resources it provides. Also, mark your calendars and be praying for the following upcoming events offered through RSTM:
- “The Value of Strategic Planning” free webinar presented by Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission — Thursday, May 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- “Keeping the Ball Rolling with Strategic Planning” free webinar presented by Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan, district president, LCMS Missouri District — Thursday, June 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- 2016 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Wichita, Kan., at the Wichita Hyatt Regency — Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5. Keynote speakers include the Rev. John Mehl, director of Mission Partnerships and Church Relations, Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Neb.; Dr. Mike Rodewald, executive director, Lutheran Bible Translators; Benjamin Winchester, senior research fellow, University of Minnesota Extension; and Mrs. Adriane Heins, managing editor, The Lutheran Witness. Registration opens March 15. More information and online registration can be found at lcms.org/rstm/conference.