ExpiredChurch Leader’s Workshop 2018


  • Church Leader's Workshop 2018
    March 3, 2018
    3:00 am - 8:30 am

The Church Leader’s Workshop is for Councilmen, Members of Boards and Committees, Called Workers, men, women and youth interested in carrying out Christ’s Commission to proclaim the Gospel. This workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota District Commission on Adult Discipleship.


Pastor Mark Zarling serves as President of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.

Keynote: Eyes to the Fields!
Recruit and teach with “fields are ripe” mentality, not a “fill the vacancy” mentality. That sentence is initiative 1.8 of the 2017 strategic plan for Martin Luther College entitled, “Equipped to do God’s Will.” The keynote will identify the pressing need for ministry recruitment to fill and expand the pulpits and classrooms of the WELS. But the keynote will also seek to open eyes to the amazing and abundant opportunities a gracious Lord Jesus is pouring out upon our synod.

Much has changed, even in the last decade, regarding open doors and open hearts. I pray the keynote will help all of us to pray more frequently and more fervently the words of Jesus, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37,38).

Workshop #1
Pastor Matt Ewert serves at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lakeville, MN.
Recruiting Youth In Every Phase
Encouraging a young person to become a called worker doesn’t have to wait until they are in high school. What if that encouragement could begin when they are still in diapers? Each phase of childhood development brings unique opportunities for the church to both communicate and model God’s love. And when we get that right, recruiting for the ministry is simply an invitation for them to be a part of what they have experienced. This workshop will be a discussion about how best to recruit youth in every phase of development.

Workshop #2
Pastor Michael Schultz serves our synod as the director of the WELS Hymnal Project.
Our Next Hymnal
The WELS Hymnal Project is approximately half way through its work of updating and assembling a suite of resources for congregations to use in public worship. The targeted release date is Advent 2021. Beyond just the pew edition hymnal, the project will bring forward roughly sixteen print volumes and three digital products. This update will provide information on the work of the ten committees and will provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions or comment on any aspect of the project.

Workshop #3
Pastor Curt Seefeldt serves as Director of Church Relations for the Lutheran Home Association in Belle Plaine, MN.
“It’s Alzheimer’s” – It’s Time for Extraordinary Love
The presentation offers a starting point for those who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We’ll explore diagnosis and treatment, God’s goodness when we are stressed by a disease like Alzheimer’s, legal and financial matters and approaches to provide the best in emotional and spiritual support.

Workshop #4
Pastor Charles Degner serves as the president of the district and at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church in St. Peter, MN.
Help! My Church Is In Trouble
After twenty-six years of working with congregations in the Minnesota District as vice- president and president, Pastor Degner has some insights to share on problems that congregations face and how to avoid them or work through them. The fact is that every congregation faces problems of one kind or another, because we live in a fallen world and an increasingly secular culture. We can hide from our issues, or we can face them with Jesus and his Word and grow through them.

Workshop #5
Mr. Dennis Behnke has served congregations in a number of roles and continues to do so as a member of St. John St. James, Reedsville, WI.
Church Leadership—A Special Calling
Finding the right person, or anybody, to fill our church leadership positions has always been a challenge. As we get older and want to pass the baton, it seems to be getting harder. Let’s explore some ways to change the mindset from “not me” to “why not me,” or maybe even “please me.” We will look at and discuss practical and spiritual ways to solve this problem to the glory of God.

Agenda for the Day

9:00-9:30 Registration & Refreshments
9:30-9:45 Opening Devotion
9:45-11:00 Keynote Speaker
11:00-12:15 Workshop—Morning Session
12:15-1:00 Meal provided by The Lutheran Home
1:00-2:20 Workshop—Afternoon Session
2:20-2:30 Closing Devotion

After the closing devotion, representatives from The Lutheran Home Association will be available to give tours of The Lutheran Home campus.

Visitors can see:

  • The Lutheran Home: Skilled Nursing Residence
  • The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence
  • Kingsway Retirement Living

Questions? Contact Adult Discipleship Chairman, Pastor Dan Voigt (651) 447-3075 or dvoigt@stjohnev.net


Venue Phone: 952-873-6545

Venue Website:

500 W. Church St., Belle Plaine, Minnesota, 56011, United States