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Southwestern Minnesota Synod

Ethics and Boundaries for Ministers Training

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 - 9:00am-3:00pm

In person at First Lutheran Church, 1114 Traverse Road, St. Peter, MN.

Presenters: Rev. Emily Carson
Cost: $40 per person

Registration Deadline: April 16th

Sexual misconduct by rostered and other religious leaders is one of the most serious challenges faced by the church today. Violation of the sacred trust between church members and their leaders brings deep pain to all who are affected: victims, offenders, family members, friends, and the congregation itself.

In response to this challenge, the Southwestern Minnesota Synod bylaws include the following provisions (S14.25.01. and S14.47.01.):

"Within twelve months of assuming office all rostered ministers of under call shall demonstrate completion of at least six contact hours of continuing education in the prevention of sexual boundary violations." 

A few years ago our synod council created a continuing resolution encouraging all of our rostered leaders to have continued work on appropriate boundaries of all kinds, but especially sexual boundaries, every three years.

NOTE: You must be present at all 6 hours of the training to receive credit for completing the program.

If these dates don't work for you, you may comply by attending another training event that includes at least six contact hours of instruction in the same content covered by the synod's workshop and provide proof of attendance for your file.

Mailing Address
I wish to demonstrate compliance with synod bylaw S14.25.01. or S14.47.01. by (check one):*

Pay online ( or
send check (payable to SW MN Synod) by November 14th to:

SW MN Synod - ELCA
PO Box 499
Redwood Falls, MN 56283

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