Boundaries Training Workshops

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A day-long workshop regarding establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in ministry. In addition to discussing the whole gamut of boundary issues in inter-personal professional relationships, the workshop will help participants understand and navigate boundary issues with social media and internet correspondence.

Participation in this workshop meets the Northwestern Minnesota Synod requirement for rostered ministers and SAMs serving in the synod.


Within twelve months of the first time a rostered person or synodically authorized minister assumes office in a congregation or ministry agency in this synod, whether under call or contract, he or she is expected to provide the synod office with documentation showing completion of at least six contact hours of continuing education in the prevention of sexual boundary violations.

This workshop is an opportunity to fulfill this assembly expectation.

Please note: If you have already fulfilled the synod’s requirement regarding boundary training for rostered ministers and SAMs, you are encouraged to attend this workshop as a “refresher” course. Many persons who took boundaries training years ago have not had a chance to consider all the ways that boundaries issues now arise on the internet—a topic that will be covered in this workshop.

Location and Dates

May 11, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm
First Lutheran Church – Fergus Falls, MN

May 12, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church – Crookston, MN

Check-in will begin at 9:30 am at each event.


Pre-registration is required! Registration closes on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

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Cost for this is $50, which will include lunch, coffee, and other materials.


Sister Noreen Stevens

Sr. Noreen Stevens’ calls moved her from institutions to congregations before beginning to serve with the Saint Paul Area Synod as the candidacy coordinator in 2001 and then concluding after eight years as an Assistant to the Bishop, when she was called to serve as the Directing Deaconess for the Deaconess Community of the ELCA in November 2016. Her work with the Saint Paul Area Synod included candidacy, roster/mobility, retired roster, specialized ministry and boundaries. With this, in the last 17 years she has focused her training on spiritual and vocational discernment, systems, leadership, intensive ELCA boundary training, as well as ecumenical/secular boundary training and self-care. Her 30 years of ministry experience has provided opportunities to integrate the practical and academic learning, which has created a toolbox of resources. However, some of the greatest boundary learning came from her family’s dinner table where Law (her husband is in law enforcement) and Gospel were woven into their conversation.

Pastor Bradley Skogen

Brad is Pastor at First Lutheran Church, Battle Lake, MN.  He served as chair of the NW MN Synod Sexual Ethics in Ministry Task Force 1999-2001 and currently serves as a member of the synodical Discipline Committee. He has received specific training related to Boundaries in Ministry through the Minnesota Council of Churches and through the ELCA with Barbara Keller, Consultant for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct for the ELCA, Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains and certification as a Spiritual Director. Brad has professional experience relevant to today’s topic in congregational ministry, healthcare ministry, crisis and disaster response, trauma/post-traumatic stress, professional compassion fatigue and burnout. He has served calls to ministry as Associate Pastor at Faith Lutheran, Staples, MN (1995-2001), Chaplain, Lakewood Health System, Staples, MN (2002-2007) and Chaplaincy Services Director, Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls, MN (2007-2017). Brad received a BA from Luther College, Decorah, IA, and M.Div. from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  He is ordained in the ELCA and is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is husband to Laura and father to daughters Berit and Sorine, as well as beloved human to golden retrievers Greta and Sophie.  Brad loves to read, hunt, travel, snow shoe, drive daughters to activities, and has special interest in men’s spirituality, physician/professional health and resilience, and ministry leaders’ mutual ministry development.