Engaging Your Community Event - Mount Ayr

Updated 3/27/2014

Engaging Your Community Event

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Creston & Mount Ayr, Iowa

Mount Ayr, Iowa 50801
(Formerly First Lutheran Church)

Cost $25 per-Participant
Register Here (by May 2)

Download Files: Schedule Registration

If overnight accommodations are desired, make your own reservations at
Mount Ayr Inn

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission
Office of National Mission
Ministry for Rural and Small Town Churches
660-463-9400 • 888-463-5127

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM) exists to support and encourage congregations in rural and small town settings in their work to engage their communities with the love of Christ. In partnership with Iowa District West, RSTM invites your congregations to join us at Trinity Lutheran Church- Creston & Mt. Ayr, IA, 1111 East South St., Mt. Ayr, IA 50854 on Saturday, May 10th at 8 am (registration) until 3 pm for the Engaging Your Community Event (EYC). We are thankful to the members of Trinity for allowing us to use their facilities in Iowa District West for this training for professional and lay leaders.

This EYC is geared for single and multi-point parishes in rural and small town settings. Ideally, a pastor and three to four lay leaders will attend together. Congregational leaders will examine their communities and consider ways they can serve the unique needs of their particular communities. Participants will identify personal and congregational assets they have in place and make plans for utilizing their resources to engage their respective communities. One of the important themes of the event will be on building and strengthening partnerships as multi-point parishes and individual congregations explore ways to work together for the needs of their communities.

Many congregations today are concerned about shrinking membership and fewer children and families in worship. There is no “one size fits all” solution however congregational leaders will be encouraged as they see new opportunities for engaging their communities and are filled with hope for the future.

Rev. Ray Smith, Iowa District West, along with Rev. Todd Kollbaum, RSTM Director, will assist each congregation present to go home with some practical approaches on engaging and touching the community with the Gospel. Each congregation will receive personalized demographics for their community. These studies are an invaluable resource. Register early so that there is time to prepare your congregation’s demographics!

The cost per-participant is $25.00. If desired, you may make overnight reservations on your own at the Mount Ayr Inn www.mountayrinn.com in the Mt. Ayr, IA area. Be sure to register for the Event by Friday, May 2nd at: http://www.lcms.org/rstm/engaging-rural-communities or call RSTM at 888-463-5127 or e-mail rstm@lcms.org.

Rev. Ray Smith – Rural Ministry, Iowa District West
Rev. Todd Kollbaum – Director, Rural & Small Town Mission

Jonathan Watt,
Mar 27, 2014, 1:06 PM
Jonathan Watt,
Mar 27, 2014, 1:06 PM