Building Partnerships

It can be tempting to approach ministry work as a ‘lone ranger,’ closing ourselves off to the help and support of other church workers, congregations, and the community around us. But we are not meant to do it alone; working together as the Body of Christ, building partnerships with those God has placed around us better equips us to share the Gospel and carry out the good work He has prepared for us to do in this time and in this place.

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Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Building Partnerships

The Rev. Todd Kollbaum, Director of LCMS Rural and Small-Town Mission, presents a 60-minute webinar addressing the importance of congregations building partnerships, both with other congregations and their community, to work toward a shared interest of sharing the Gospel. 

Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Working Partnerships: Dual and Multi Parishes

The Rev. Rich Boring presents a 60-minute webinar, hosted by LCMS Rural and Small-Town Mission, on the logistics and purpose of dual and multi-parish partnerships: To continue building up the Body of Christ and be Light and Salt of the Earth.

Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Thinking Outside the Box: Partnerships

LCMS Rural & Small- Town Mission hosted a free webinar titled “Thinking Outside the Box: Partnerships” on Sept. 24, 2020. The presenter was Rev. Tom Schlund, senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, Iowa. 

Are you a Christian? Do you love your congregation? Does your congregation love other Christians and other congregations? Are you interested in finding the best ways for all Christians and all congregations to receive the Word and Sacrament of God and to grow in their faith? This is the story of two congregations who love God and love their neighbor, and who have discovered that they can do both better together. 

This webinar offers information on why and how the partnership was formed and some of the things they have learned and adjusted along the way. The purpose of this webinar was to give insight to church workers if a formal partnership between two or more congregations would benefit their particular context.

Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Congregational Partnership Training

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission hosted a free webinar titled “Congregational Partnership Training” on Nov. 19, 2020. The presenter was the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director of LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission.  

As we face so many new “normals” in our world today, we are often struck by how creative we have had to be in carrying out ministry. Through shut-downs and quarantines, up-ticks and decrease in virus spread and the tightening up easing of restrictions, we have had to ensure that we continued to spread God’s Word and take care of His people regardless of circumstance. Sometimes, however, it gets very difficult to do that on our own. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could work together for the good of the Kingdom, partnering with one another to share our burdens and our joys? This month’s RSTM webinar looked at Possibilities and Models of partnership which just might fit the bill in equipping us to better carry out the ministry God has called us to do.

Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Deaconesses and the Rural and Small-Town Congregation: Partnership and Ministry Models

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission hosted a free webinar titled “Deaconesses and the Rural and Small-Town Congregation: Partnership and Ministry Models” on Dec. 10, 2020. The presenter was Deaconess Faith Swenson of Fairbank, Iowa 

We as a Church have the opportunity to work together. Having multiple congregations’ team up to call a deaconess (or other church worker!) to serve them and care for their specific needs is a great solution. Deaconess Faith plans to talk about her experiences serving 6 congregations and one Registered Service Organization, mostly in rural contexts. In every case, she has always shared responsibilities between at least two entities. The goal is to help you think “outside of the box” on ways a deaconess might be able to assist the pastors of your local congregations and organizations.


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