WTS to Host Rural Ministry Conference

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Jill Kruse
Communication Specialist
563.589.0327
jkruse@wartburgseminary.edu

WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TO HOST 33RD ANNUAL RURAL MINISTRY CONFERENCE

DUBUQUE, IA – February 7, 2014 – Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Center for Theology and Land is pleased to announce the 33rd annual Rural Ministry Conference. The conference will be held March 2-4, 2014 and will focus on the topic “Revitalizing Rural and Small Town Ministries.” All sessions will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel, 3100 Dodge St, Dubuque, IA.

The annual Rural Ministry Conference gathers leaders in rural communities and congregations to gain insight and inspiration, as well as provide a place to network with others active in rural ministry. This ecumenical conference also includes worship, a keynote speaker, workshops, and Bible study.

Keynote speaker, Rev. Nancy Nyland, Director for Evangelical Mission in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will speak on “Being the Church in Today’s World.” Other speakers and workshop and Bible study leaders include Dr. Richard (Skip) Shaffer, Dr. Troy Troftgruben, Dr. Jaye Johnson, Rev. Chad Christensen, Callie Mabry, Dr. Ruth Kath, and Bishop Thomas Skrenes.

Workshops are planned on the topics of “Greening Rural Churches,” “How Do We Invite People into Our Faith Community?” “God’s Grace, Our Response: Where Stewardship and Mission Meet,” “Without Vision the People Shall ‘Parish’: Vital Shared Ministry,” “Reaching Out in Social Action in One’s Community,” “Stewardship in Your Congregation: Top Ten Ideas That Work.”

The registration deadline for the conference is February 28th . For questions or to register, go to www.wartburgseminary.edu or contact the Center for Land and Theology at ruralmin@wartburgseminary.edu.

Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is in its 160th academic year.

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