WELCOME
TO THE
RURAL
GOSPEL
INITIATIVE

WELCOME TO THE RURAL GOSPEL INITIATIVE

"How beautiful upon
the mountains are
the feet of him who
brings good news."

Isaiah 52:7

SERVING OUR LORD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

The Rural Gospel Initiative (RGI) was formed by South Dakota Circuit 1 Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors and laity.

Preserve the Gospel

FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS

The Rural Gospel Initiative (RGI) recognizes the eternal importance of a faithful, long-term commitment to share the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

The vision of the RGI is to support Word and Sacrament ministry now and for many generations to come in Circuit 1 congregations of the South Dakota District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

OUR OUTREACH GOALS

OUR OUTREACH GOALS CHURCH

To support LCMS rural ministry staffing efforts in NE South Dakota.

OUR OUTREACH GOALS COLLEGE MINISTRY

To support ministries to college and university students in Aberdeen, SD.

OUR OUTREACH GOALS BIBLE

To support workshops and training concerning witness, service, and more.

OUR OUTREACH GOALS GOD KINGDOM

To facilitate ideas that will help preserve God's kingdom.

SERVING CIRCUIT 1 CHURCHES

in the South Dakota District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

RURAL GOSPEL INITIATIVE CONGREGATIONS
  • Our Savior’s, Aberdeen – MEMBER
  • St. John’s, rural Aberdeen – MEMBER
  • St. Paul’s, Aberdeen – MEMBER
  • Zion, Andover – MEMBER
  • St. John’s, Britton – MEMBER
  • St. John’s, Columbia – MEMBER
  • Concordia, Cresbard – MEMBER
  • Redeemer, Doland
  • St. Paul’s, Ferney
  • St. John’s, Groton – MEMBER
  • St. Paul’s, Leola
  • Trinity, Mansfield – MEMBER
  • Messiah, Redfield
  • St. Paul’s, Stratford – MEMBER
  • Immanuel, Wecota – MEMBER

ABOUT THE RGI

The Rural Gospel Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is the first of its kind within the Synod with its local mission focus. The RGI has achieved designation as a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) from the LCMS. This important designation allows the RGI endowment to invest funds with the LCMS Foundation.

The RGI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a representative from each member Circuit 1 congregation. The work of the RGI is under the sole direction of the Board, ensuring a local voice and faithful commitment to the RGI’s goals. The RGI board has a non-voting pastoral advisor.

Help Us Achieve Our Goals by Donating to the RGI

GIFTING TO THE RGI

Financial Contributions

The RGI is supported by financial gifts from people, churches, and entities who share in its commitment. Donations to the RGI, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, are tax deductible. Donations of any amount are welcome.

Contributions will be carefully managed by the RGI Board and LCMS Foundation ensuring adherence to LCMS Biblical Stewardship Principles. Unique to the RGI, return on investment will be used locally, here in South Dakota Circuit One. The principal remains untouched, so donors can be confident their gifts will continue to support Word and Sacrament ministry for many generations.

It is important that gifting to the RGI not interfere with a member's congregational giving or tithing.

Other Ways to Give
  • Consider including the RGI in your estate planning
  • A Qualified Charitable Contribution from a traditional or Roth IRA for those approaching 70 ½
  • Thrivent Choice Dollars
  • Special giving occasions like a baptism, birthday, or in memory of someone special

Help Us Preserve the Gospel
for Future Generations

For you, for your children, for your grandchildren,
and for generations long into the future.

Upcoming Events

LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Seminar
Informational Only – No Obligation

Sunday, March 17, 2024
at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Seminars at 1pm & 5pm

Sign Up by March 10

  • Sign-up at your church OR
  • Text 605-887-7130 OR
  • Email pganderson@nrctv.com OR
  • Scan QR code by clicking SIGN UP
Grant Application for Funding

We welcome Circuit 1 congregations to apply for a grant if the reason involves Gospel outreach. Fill out the request form and submit as directed.

CONTACT US

Rural Gospel Initiative

214 7th Ave SW

Aberdeen, SD 57401

contact@ruralgospel.org

605-225-1847, M-F 9:00-4:00

RuralGospel.org

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