Specialized Ministries

Rural and Small Town Mission, Ethnic and Urban Ministry, Campus Ministry, and Deaf Ministry

Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM)

The primary focus of Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) is to support congregations in rural and small town settings in the work to which God has called them. RSTM recognizes that, while the work to which God has called congregations is the same, the context in which that work is carried out can be very different – even in rural America.

Rural and Small Town Mission provides encouragement and support for congregations of all sizes. Our leadership training events, conferences and webinars address many of the unique challenges of congregations. For more information, please contact Amy Gerdts at 888-463-5127 or rstm@lcms.org.


LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission page

Coming March 10,  2018: Engaging Your Community Event in Great Bend, KS!
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018
For more information: Contact Rev. Dan Galchutt in the Kansas District Office at dangalchutt@kslcms.org


Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM) exists to support and encourage rural and small town congregations to engage their communities with the love of Christ. In partnership with a host district, RSTM invites congregations to participate in “Engaging Your Community” (EYC) events in the district.

Ideally, a pastor and three to four lay leaders will attend EYC together. Congregational leaders will examine their communities, consider ways in which they can serve the unique needs of those communities, identify assets they have in place, and make plans for utilizing their resources for engagement. An important theme of EYC events is building and strengthening partnerships as multi-point parishes and individual congregations explore ways to work together for the needs of their communities.

RSTM will assist each congregation with bringing home some practical approaches for engaging and touching their communities with the Gospel. Each congregation will receive invaluable, personalized demographics for their community.

LCMS Rural & Small Town News

Reaching Rural America For Christ 
     *  Current monthly newsletter + archives

Rural/Small Town Webinars

RSTM offers monthly webinars on a variety of topics; recent topics have included enhancing education efforts in your congregation, using technology for ministry, and revitalization.

To find a schedule of upcoming webinars or watch archived webinars, visit the RSTM webinar page.

To receive webinar invitations, contact Amy Gerdts at 888-463-5127 or rstm@lcms.org.

Ethnic and Urban Ministry

The Kansas District has several active ethnic and urban ministries, particularly in the Kansas City, Wichita, and Lawrence areas. A few highlights:

Haskell LIGHT Ministry

Deacon Bob Prue recently joined Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry as a ministry leader. Bob and his wife Deon will be reaching out to students and the community at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. One special area of emphasis for Bob will be assisting students with recovery from historical trauma.

Read more: Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry

Hispanic Ministry

Congregations and agencies in various cities in Kansas are involved in outreach to the Hispanic community, offering special worship services, Bible studies, ESL instruction and materials in Spanish. Several congregations in Kansas City and Wichita offer Spanish-language worship services. For more information, contact Rev. Dan Galchutt in the District Office.

Looking for ideas and resources? Check out these LCMS pages:

Hispanic Ministry

Ethnic Ministry

Urban & Inner-City Mission

Campus Ministry

The Lutheran campus ministries at Kansas colleges and universities provide a “church home away from home” for students. Keeping the faith in college isn’t always easy. Spiritual life can become a low priority in the face of newfound independence, unfamiliar surroundings, competing priorities and cultural pressures. And for some students (the growing group of “nones”), spiritual life isn’t even on the radar.

Our LCMS U chapters in Kansas understand these issues and are committed to providing students with the support they need, whether those students are longtime Lutherans or new to the faith. If you or someone you know is heading off to college or already there, we encourage you to look into one of the ministries listed here.

For more information and resources, check out the LCMS U page.

No LCMS U chapter in your college town? Search for LCMS churches HERE.

LCMS U Ministries in Kansas

University of Kansas
Rev. Randall Weinkauf
Lutheran Student Fellowship
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2104 Bob Billings Parkway
Lawrence, KS 66049-2722

Emporia State University
Gwen Larson
Campus Box 4060
Emporia, KS 66801-5087

Wichita State University
Lutheran Student Center
Dr. John Tape
3815 E 17th Street
Wichita, Kansas 67208
drjohntape@gmail com

Washburn University
Rev. Jon S. Bruss
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
901 S Fillmore St
Topeka, Kansas 66606
785-354-7132 ext. 104

Kansas State University
Rev. King Crawford
Pastoral Advisor for LCMS U at KSU
St. Luke Lutheran Church
330 Sunset Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
785-539-2604 (church)

Pittsburg State University
Rev. Ted Cook
Lutheran Student Fellowship
Zion Lutheran Church
102 W Jackson
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762

Haskell Indian Nations University
Bob and Deon Prue
Haskell LIGHT House
137 Pawnee Ave
Lawrence, Kansas 66046

Cowley County Community College
Rev. Mark Boxman
Redeemer Lutheran Church
320 West Central
Arkansas City, KS 67005

If your congregation has a campus ministry in Kansas that isn’t listed here, please contact us at the District Office, and we’ll add you to this list.

Deaf Ministry

The Deaf Ministry Challenge

There are more than 3 million deaf and 28 million hard of hearing people in the United States. In Kansas, there are approximately 9,100 profoundly deaf and 108,000 hard of hearing people. About 95 percent of deaf people are not churched, which makes deaf ministry a vast mission field. Some experts say American Sign Language has become the fourth-most-common language in the United States.

KansaSEED (Support, Encourage, Expand Deaf Ministry) is dedicated to planting the seed of God’s Word in the deaf community.

Program Goals: 

  1. Training deaf leaders to evangelize
  2. Reaching out to members of the deaf community and their families, striving to meet their needs through involvement in conferences and clubs
  3. Raising awareness of the unique needs of the deaf, particularly the barriers to participating in corporate worship and Christian education
  4. Training qualified interpreters
  5. Calling a pastor to serve as missionary to the deaf in Kansas

For more information about KansaSEED, including worship services and contact names of pastors, download the brochure.

KansaSEED Brochure

Another helpful resource: Lutheran Deaf Mission Society (LDMS) Website 

For additional questions, contact:

Missions Staff

Rev. Dan Galchutt
Assistant to the President for Missions and Stewardship
800-357-4421, ext. 222

Janet Powell
Administrative Assistant
Missions and Stewardship
785-357-4441 ext. 223
800-357-4421 ext. 223