Workshop Basic Information

Date: March 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Location: Trinity Lutheran, Belle Plaine

Cost: $25 (lunch included)

This workshop is designed for anyone who holds any time of leadership role (paid or volunteer) in any area of ministry.

All participants attend the keynote address, then break out into a workshop of their choosing. Half of the workshop is before lunch, and half is after.

Keynote Speaker


(WELS Director of Discipleship)

The final mission that Christ gave his church was to go and make disciples. While the power to make disciples is in the gospel, the command to go requires strategy and thought. The keynote will evaluate past approaches to discipleship, what we see happening in the present, and what opportunities will carry us into the future.


  • Workshop #1: Small-Town Evangelism

    Leader: Pastor Joe Fricke

    Rural churches may have a limited mission field to work with, but they also have unique opportunities to connect with people who aren't connected to a church. In this workshop, Pastor Joe Fricke will lead a discussion that highlights specific advantages that rural churches have when it comes to sharing the Good News of Jesus.

  • Workshop #2: STarting Small Groups

    Leader: Pastor Matt Ewart

    The concept of small groups has been around for quite a while, but are they right for your ministry context? This workshop is led by Pastor Matt Ewart, who currently oversees 20 small groups in his ministry. This workshop will look at the scriptural framework that should drive a small group model, how to launch small groups in your church, and how to overcome typical barriers as a small group ministry grows.

  • Workshop #3: Leveraging Schools for Outreach

    Leaders: Mr. Dave Gartner and Ms. Kristin Mantey

    WELS schools and early childhood ministries are naturally set up to nurture the children within that church. But what would it take to turn these ministries into effective outreach tools? This workshop will offer some strategies that are designed to widen your doors for outreach. Both presenters have an immense amount of personal experience and advisory experience in this field.

  • Workshop #4: User-Friendly WOrship

    Leader: Professor David Bauer

    Is your worship service user-friendly for new people who might walk through your doors? This workshop will challenge you to view Sunday mornings through the eyes of various types of people, with the goal of creating a worship service environment where nobody is lost and everybody can participate.

  • Workshop #5: Special Ministries

    Leaders: Pastor Darren Green and Pastor Tim Redfield

    Ever wonder how to serve people with the gospel if they are in prison? Would you like to learn more about the impact being done for the visually impaired and how your church can be prepared to welcome those with disability? In this workshop you’ll hear some of the stories and learn about the resources available from Special Ministries.

  • Workshop #6: Creating Traction for your vision

    Leader: Pastor Don Sutton

    Leadership doesn't just require an ability to vision-cast what the future might look like. It requires the skills to create forward traction so that those visions can become reality. Pastor Don Sutton will share some strategies that will help you solidify a ministry vision to the point where you can start taking steps towards it.


9:00-9:30 AM - Registration and Refreshments

9:30-9:45 AM - Opening Devotion

9:45-11:00 AM - Keynote Speaker

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM - Workshop (session 1)

12:15-1:00 PM - Lunch on site

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Workshop (session 2)

2:15 - 2:25 PM - Closing Devotion

Register For Workshop

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