February 25, 2023
West Lutheran High School

The Minnesota District Workshop is open to all WELS members who are looking for personal inspiration or new ministry ideas. In addition to a keynote presentation, participants will be part of a breakout workshop that focuses on a specific topic.


Location: West Lutheran High School (3350 Harbor Lane North, Plymouth, MN)

Date: February 25, 2023

Time: Doors open at 9am and the event will conclude at 3:30pm.

Cost: $35 (includes lunch and snacks)


  • 9:00-9:30 Check in
  • 9:30-10:15 – Worship & hymn sing
  • 10:30-12:00 – Keynote
  • 12:00-1:00 – Onsite lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 – Workshops
  • 3:15 – Closing devotion


Making Church Membership Meaningful Again, by Pastor Donn Dobberstein

Shut-downs gave people many excuses to become less connected with their church family. Some members still have not returned to regular worship. Other members have gone missing completely. How should church leaders respond to this? While we might be tempted to lower the bar on what it means to be a church member, Pastor Dobberstein will share why the opposite is needed in times like this. We need to double-down on the privileges and responsibilities of church membership, and we need to clearly communicate to our members: “Welcome to your church. God is here. You belong here.”


Participants will select one of the following breakout workshops to attend in the afternoon. Click here for an expanded description of all the workshops.

Do No Harm, by Pastor Edward Frey. Our culture is currently engaged in a discussion regarding emerging treatment for gender dysphoria. The questions for Christians is this: how do we help without causing harm?

Legal Issues You Need to Know to Protect Your School’s Ministry, by Sam Nelson. Sam will be presenting on pressing legal issues in today’s world that Christian schools need to be aware of and proactively address.

Understanding and Standing with Gen Z, by Cameron Schroeder. Cameron, a Gen Z-er himself and a student at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, will offer new ways to find the key to our teens’ hearts.

Friendship Sunday, Every Sunday, By Pastor Dan Schmidt. Dan will share his journey of transforming an established church to be a place where everyone feels like they belong every Sunday.

New Technologies for the Visually Impaired, by Larry Povinelli. The latest advances in technology can assist you in helping your members stay connected and provide an opportunity to reach your local community.

Do We Really Need Small Groups, by Pastor Matt Ewart. In this workshop, participants will talk about the various roles that small groups can play in churches of any size.


To provide an efficient and secure registration process for everyone, we ask that you pay with a credit or debit card when you register. Payments are refundable up to the day of the event.

If you are registering on behalf of someone else, you will just need to enter their email address. Do not worry about entering their preferred workshop – they can choose which one to attend when they arrive.

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Will this event be online? Due to the way we structure this event around small group conversations, this is an in-person event only.

Who is allowed to attend this workshop? It is for everyone: called workers & volunteers, young & old, men & women, etc. Most topics and presentations are especially geared toward church volunteers who are passionate about bringing new ideas to their ministries.

Is there a discount for group signups? No. We are trying to keep the registration process as simple as possible, so we’re keeping it at one rate for everyone. There is an early bird discount if you register before February 1.

What’s for lunch? Good question! We’ll add the menu items once they are figured out. There will be gluten-free options.

Who is the contact person for this event? Send your question to Pastor Matt Ewart and he can direct you to the best person for an answer. Email him at matt@northcrossmn.org.


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