Rural Church Conferences

Iowa–Saturday, March 2  | Nebraska–Saturday, March 16


Mark your calendar and save the date for the 2019 Rural Church Conferences! The Iowa and Nebraska RCCs are two unique, 1-day events created to challenge, encourage, and uplift all who have a passion for the rural church, with a special emphasis on leadership. Stay tuned for additional information.



Saturday, March 2
Whiting, IA


Saturday, March 16
Grand Island, NE



Rural Church Conference




Whiting Christian Church
716 West St
Whiting, IA 51063

Featured Speaker


Bill Krause


Bill and Jill Krause have been happily married for over 27 years, and are the proud parents of four wonderful children: Josh, Matt, Anna, and Billy. He is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College and earned his Masters in Education from Eastern Washington University. He is currently the Minister of Administration at Eagle Christian Church. Previously Bill served as the Marriage & Family Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID, and before that he taught for 8 years at Boise Bible College. Bill has taught a weeklong Intensive Class at Nebraska Christian College titled “Discipleship Ministry” each year for the past eight years.



8:15 – 9:00 Check-in, Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:50 Main Session with Bill Krause 

10:00 – 10:50 Workshop Sessions A

11:00 – 11:50 Workshop Sessions B

11:50 – 12:30 LUNCH (Provided on Site)

12:30 – 1:10 Main Session with Bill Krause

1:15 – 2:05   Workshop Sessions C

2:15 – 2:50 Main Session with Bill Krause

2:50 – 3:00 Closing


  • A Healthy Relationship Between Pastors and Elders         

  • Developing Leaders in the Rural Church                                                                                               

  • Worship with Jesus at the Center     

  • The Ministry of Presence:  Following Jesus Into My Neighborhood

  • Women in Ministry – A Panel Discussion

  • What Do You Do When . . .?

  • Love like Jesus. Being the hands and feet of Jesus  

  • The Church Doing Ministry Through Adoption and Foster Care 

  • Low Budget/High Impact: Five Priorities for Every Children’s 


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Rural Church Conference




Third City Christian Church
4100 W 13th St
Grand Island, NE 68803

Featured Speaker


Shawn McMullen

Shawn McMullen is editor of The Lookout (, a national magazine focusing on discipleship and personal spiritual growth. He also serves as preaching minister for the Church of Christ in Vevay, Indiana, a small river town with a population of about 1,700. For several years Shawn directed the Energizing Smaller Churches Network (ESCN), a ministry dedicated to helping leaders and volunteers of smaller churches across North America. Shawn is the editor and co-writer of Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Churchand Releasing the Power of the Smaller of Church.



  • Shaped to Serve: Five Characteristics of a High-Impact Volunteer

  • Building and Honoring the Mission and Core Values of your Organization

  • Hope For The Small Church...7 Things every church can do that will make a difference

  • Student Ministry for the Rural Church - Nate Powell Women in Ministry – A Panel Discussion

  • Ministering to Seniors - Jon Hanson The Generational Gap

  • The Wonderful Life of Small Town Youth Ministry – Nate Powell

  • Embracing the 21st Century Senior Adult – Jon Hanson

  • Breaking Down Age Barriers: Understanding and Connecting the Generations in Your Church – Amy Hanson