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Beyond The River Academy

Welcome to Beyond the River Academy

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The Academy is dedicated to the cause of enabling men and women for the ministry of Jesus Christ. We recognize the need of pastoral leadership, especially in the rural communities across our country and the duty of our churches to provide the means of grace in the traditions of our Lutheran heritage. There are many who hear the call of ministry and are being called after full careers. The Academy’s academic program is designed to provide the tools needed to fulfill the call to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament Ministry.

Financial Donations

Your donation enables the Academy to provide a quality pastoral program. We encourage sponsoring congregations to make a financial investment in the men and women seeking to fulfill their ministry calling. All tax deductible donations can be sent to Pr. Rusty Bailey, BTRA, Box 123, Swea City, IA 50590.

Bio of a Typical Student

  • Has a career or is already retired
  • Often is well educated Is active in his/her church
  • Typical age range 30's to 70's
  • Has considerable life experience


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Our Mission Statement

Beyond the River Academy seeks to raise up leaders of the church who have a sense of call to the office of public ministry through service as a pastor. The academy provides a curriculum of study that accents individual experience, education, and ability. Participants who have gone through the colloquy process of a district within Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ can be ordained in congregations to serve God’s people with all the authority of the tradition for certified clergy of the Lutheran Church.

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