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 the LCMS Ohio District, RSTM invites your congregations to join us at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lake Dr., Akron, OH, 44319 on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM (registration) until 3:00 PM for the Engaging the Wandering Event (EtW). We are thankful to the members of Hope Lutheran Church in Akron, Ohio for allowing us to use their facilities in the Ohio District for this training for professional and lay leaders.

This EtW 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 congregations and consider ways they can serve the unique needs of their particular members. Every congregation has members, who for whatever reason, have become less involved in worship and other congregational activities. One of the important themes of the event will be on building and strengthening relationships with inactive members as an important part of the mission work that the Lord calls and enables us to do.

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 wandering and are filled with hope for the future.

The LCMS Ohio District, along with Rev. Todd Kollbaum, RSTM Director, will assist each congregation present to go home with some practical approaches on engaging and reaching the inactive with the Gospel.

The cost per-participant is $25.00, or register as a congregational group of four or more for $100. If desired, please make your own overnight accommodations in the Akron area. Be sure to register for the Event by Friday, September 1st online at: or by contacting RSTM at 888-463-5127 or e-mail .