March 12, 2022
St. Croix Lutheran Academy

The Minnesota District Workshop is an annual event designed for all ministry leaders and volunteers. It is organized by the district coordinators of the WELS Minnesota District.

This one-day event includes a keynote presentation, several workshop topics to choose from, and opportunities to connect with fellow ministry partners.

Basic Details

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Host: St. Croix Lutheran Academy, South St. Paul, MN (map)

Cost: $35

Lunch and refreshments included.

How to sign up: Click here.


  • 9:00-9:30 Check in
  • 9:30-10:30 – Keynote Address
  • 10:45-12:00 – Workshop breakout part 1
  • 12:00-1:00 – Onsite lunch
  • 1:00-2:15 – Workshop breakout part 2
  • 2:30-3:00 – Closing devotion


Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, by Pastor Jon Hein

You can have the best strategy in the world, but it will mean nothing if your culture is unhealthy. In this keynote presentation Pastor Jon Hein will talk about the importance of a healthy culture and some practical ways to develop a healthy culture in your ministry.


Participants will select one of the following breakout workshops to attend. Your workshop will be broken up into two parts: one before lunch, and one after. These workshops are designed to allow for presentation of new ideas as well as conversation among participants.

Ready, Set, Go! Implementing Christian Worship by Pastor Bryan Gerlach

This workshop will reach you wherever you are at with the new hymnal, whether you are undecided, taking your first steps to use it, or looking for advanced tips. Topics will include planning helps, creative ways to introduce new material, utilizing a modern worship ensemble, and much more.  Round table discussions will allow participants to share successes and challenges, and three breakout groups will accommodate different levels of implementation.

Responding to Child Abuse by Michelle Markgraf

Jesus is very clear: children are important. Every church must be equipped to protect this vulnerable population. This interactive workshop starts by defining child abuse and neglect. You will learn how to personally respond to abuse and care for those who were hurt. In the afternoon you will explore ways to make your church safer for the young members entrusted to its care.

Digital Outreach and Discipleship in an Online World by Pastor Michael Ewart

Jesus taught publicly, engaging people in their daily lives by meeting them where they were at. In our day, the internet is not just where people are at. It’s where they live. In this session, we will explore how to reach and disciple people online. The presenter will share his research and experience in launching and leading “922 Church Online.”

Compassion Ministry as Outreach by Pastor Jim Behringer and Pastor Joel Gaertner

When creating a model for ministering to people with special needs, we usually think about ways to serve the members of our church. But why think so small? In this workshop, participants will discuss practical ways to serve special needs people in the community to bring even more families to Jesus.

Best Practices for Church Finances by Jim Holm and Tom Walters

Church finances can bring up several logistical challenges. How do offerings get from the collection plate to the bank? What software should you use for recording and reporting finances? What should you be doing for financial auditing? At what point should you employ a payroll service? In this workshop, you will hear about some of the best practices for church finances.

How to Grow Your Ministry Using Your ECM & LES by Dave Gartner

This workshop will share the best ideas from the WELS program Telling the Next Generation and talk about how to run an effective ECM without burning out workers. Participants will then discuss best practices for PreK-8 outreach as well as some pitfalls to stay away from.


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.

Looking to sign up for someone else, or are you signing up as a group? Have their names and email addresses handy, then click the link below.

Please contact Pastor Matt Ewart via email ( if you run into any issues with the registration process.


Will this workshop be available online?

Not this year. This event is more about conversation than presentation, and it is hard to create a bridge between online and in-person participants. If you are interested in a workshop topic and can’t attend in person, we encourage you to reach out to the workshop presenter for any resources they are willing to share.

Who is this workshop for?

It’s for everyone, whether you’re a church volunteer or a full-time called worker, male or female, or just someone who’s interested in a workshop topic.

Is there a discount for group signups?

Not this year. We are trying to keep the registration process as simple as possible, so we’re keeping it at one rate for everyone.

What’s for lunch?

Chicken, roasted red potatoes, and a couple of sides that will bring it all together.

I have questions. Who’s in charge here?

Send your question to Pastor Matt Ewart and he can direct you to the best person. Email him at

Promotional Materials

We put together printable and editable resources to help you promote this event to your church or ministry. There’s a poster (8.5″ x 11″), a half-page bulletin insert, and verbiage that you can copy & paste. Click the button below to view and download the files.