The NCC Church Relations Department is excited to announce the 2018 Rural Church Regional Conferences will be held in Grand Island, Nebraska and Carroll, Iowa on Saturday, March 17. These annual conferences bring together church leaders for a day of encouragement, teaching, and inspiration. 

Saturday, March 17th

NCC is proud to sponsor The 2018 Iowa Rural Church Conference. It’s a day packed full of Iowa church success stories plus a few extras. It’s a day intended to stretch your thinking about possibilities that could transform the life of your church. It’s a day that will hopefully leave you realizing you don’t have to be isolated. Our ministries should be in partnership and our prayer is that this Conference will encourage movement in that direction. The IA 2018 RCC is all about... THE RURAL CHURCH IN TRANSITION – THRIVING, NOT MERELY SURVIVING.


(This conference is Handicap accessible. Let us know if you have special dietary needs for the on-site lunch)

8:15 AM On-site REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN, Coffee & Pastries (Sponsored by CEM)

9:00 AM  Welcome & Worship led by Whiting Church of Christ Team

Transitioning from Isolation to Partnership   - Kerry Jech  

Transitioning from Traditional Role of Rural Pastor to Utilizing Multiple God-Given Resources

Carroll Church of Christ – Gale Juhl & Ben Kolars

Whiting Church of Christ – Mike Cahill, Josh Weece, Jed Shermer

Q & A

10:55 AM BREAK

CEM - Mike Knight

Sustaining, Obtaining, and Changing Ministers

Transitioning from Minister Drop-out to Minister Mentoring – Dick Creek

 NCC’s Role in Transition – Jane Jech

Spirit Led Pulpit Transitions – Dave  Bouchard

12:30  PM LUNCH

Possible follow-up Q & A with last 3 speakers


Transitioning from Fear of Diversity to Embracing Diversity -  Mario Lara –

 A Paradigm Transition from Seeing Difficulties to Seeing Opportunities

Brownville, NE - Bob Chitwood    /   Ladysmith, WI – Brian Chitwood

Q & A

2:35 PM  BREAK

Transitioning to Technology for “Such a Time as This”

Eastside Christian Church, Park Rapids, MN - Justin Domogalla & Brandon Galligan

(includes possible Gene Appel video)

Q & A


Saturday, March 17

NCC is proud to sponsor The 2018 Nebraska Rural Church Conference. It’s a day planned by Nebraska Rural Churches to challenge, encourage and uplift you.

David Bycroft will be our main speaker with a number of choices for workshops throughout the day. Workshop speakers for the day include Dawn Gentry, Aaron Asay, Jim Hardy and more to be added soon.



(This conference is Handicap accessible. Let us know if you have special dietary needs for the on-site lunch)

8:15 - 9:15 AM Check-in and On-site Registration

9:00 AM Opening Session with Taylor Jones and Ransom Wentworth

Leading worship, Speaker David Bycroft (Being the Church for the Unchurched)

10:20 - 11:20 AM Workshop Session #1

Dawn Gentry - Low Budget/High Impact: Five Priorities for Every Children's Ministry No matter the size of your church, these five priorities will set your ministry apart and communicate to families that you value children and their spiritual formation. We'll discuss leadership, safety, creativity, relationships, and volunteers, and send attendees home with a list of action steps they can implement immediately.

Jim Hardy – Rural Church Revitalization

Aaron AsayLeadership Systems

David and Kathy BycroftStaying Healthy as a Couple in Leadership. How do you stay spiritually healthy as a couple while leading/serving the church? Join us as we look into answers relating to this question.

Jon Haizlip – Outreach in Context

Kim HaizlipCollege Ministry in a Rural Setting

Doug Durre - Leading Worship in the Rural Church

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Provided On Site

(Includes update on Hastings Church Plant by Rowlie Hutton)

12:30-1:00 PM Interview with David Bycroft (featuring questions from attendees)

1:10-2:10 PM Workshop Session #2 (Repeat of Workshops #1)

2:20-3:20 PM Workshop Session #3 (Repeat of Workshops #1)

3:30-4:00 PM NCC Presentation, Evaluation & Closing Message from David Bycroft