Staff Ministry

Staff ministry gives men and women an opportunity to pursue full-time ministry in an area where their gifts can be best used to further God’s kingdom in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). While pastors are trained for the broadest scope of ministry and for theological leadership, and teachers are trained in Christian classroom education, staff ministers receive basic theological training and practical skills to equip them to serve in other specific areas of parish and institutional ministry.

The specific responsibilities of a staff minister are defined by their call at the local congregation, but frequently they assist with evangelism programs, youth and family ministry, member care, music ministries, congregational administration, and/or multicultural ministries. Staff ministers have also been called to work in non-parish organizations such as pregnancy counseling centers, institutional ministry, synod and school administration, and The Lutheran Home.

2021 Staff Ministry Conference – April 23-24

Theme: Come, Follow Me

Where: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Ulm, MN

Registration: General Fee ($50)/Student Fee ($25)/Guest Fee ($30)

Hotel: There are 10 double queen rooms reserved at a discounted rate of $89 at the Best Western (507-359-2941; 2101 S. Broadway St. New Ulm, MN 56073). They are reserved under “WELS Staff Ministry Conference”, and can be booked directly with the front desk. Reservations must be made by March 24 otherwise remaining rooms will be subject to availability.

COVID – Safety protocols will be followed (masks, social distancing, etc.)

Questions? Contact Dan Kock (


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