IRCA Conference 2023

Dubuque, Iowa, USA

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13-19 April 2023

Flourishing: Land, People, Community

The Bible tells us that God is a God of abundance, yet many of us live in settings/contexts that emphasise scarcity. Can we get beyond the numbers to share the stories of God’s abundance among us?


Highlights of the programme include:

A three day joint conference with the Wartburg Lutheran Seminary’s Center for Theology and Land Rural Ministry

Conference. (April 15 -18, 2023.)

Keynote speakers at this joint conference will be Rev Dr Gilson A.C. Waldkoenig, the Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Chair of Church in Society and Director of Town and Country Church Institute and

Dr Heather J. Major, a Practical Theologian and Missiologist, an advocate for rural ministry and accessible theological education, and in-coming Chair of the International Rural Churches Association. On twitter

Field trips and excursions options include (subject to confirmation):  a city tour of Dubuque, a narrated Mississippi River Cruise, a visit to New Melleray Abbey (sustainable forestry practices), and the Four Mounds Conference Center.

Meeting people from around the world who share a common interest in rural ministry.

Spending the weekend (April 14 & 15) visiting and worshipping with a regional rural family.

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Registration for the 2023 quadrennial conference is now open.  The registration cost, inclusive of conference, accommodation, and meals. Earliest bird registration (by November 30, 2022) provides you the cheapest price (USD $1,000) with a USD $100 deposit.  For an early bird registration between December 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023 the deposit is USD $150 (total cost USD$1050), and for a full cost registration between February 1 and March 13 the deposit is USD $200 (total cost USD$1,100).  Final payment of USD $900 is by March 13.

Click here to go to the registration site on Eventbrite.

The following may assist you in following it out the Eventbrite procedure.


To qualify for a registration discount, you need to pay the down-payment price (USD $100, USD $150 or USD $200) during the applicable time period.  Full payment must be made by March 13, 2023.


We will be staying at the Best Western Dubuque (costs included in registration) and you need to register separately for the hotel.  Please use the dates given in the registration form and include that it is for the WTS conference group rate.  Note that you will check out on Saturday and recheck in on Sunday after the rural immersion experience.  This is to keep the costs down.  (To hold the room overnight would have increased registration by USD $150.)

Hotel bookings must be confirmed by March 13 or rooms may not be available.


Click here to read about this. You are asked whether you would be willing to preach or do an adult forum if you participate in this experience.  Also note if you prefer pet-free housing.


We are not expecting you to have your flights made by the time you register.  Please note that there are no longer commercial flights to Dubuque and there is a slight surcharge for transportation (to help cover the increase in gasoline) at the two main airports serving Dubuque.  Payment for transfers from either Chicago or Cedar Rapids, IA, is included in the Eventbrite process.

Please enter your flight information when the flights are confirmed.


Contact us at this email if you have any local arrangements questions.

For the secretary of IRCA, click HERE


Check Visa Waiver Program Requirements for the list of countries in the Visa Waiver Program.  If your country is not on this list, you will need a Visa. (Note that Canadians typically do not require visas to enter the United States.)

If you require a Visa you will need a Letter of Invitation from IRCA.