2023 Tool Kit Presentations

2023 Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders


The Saint Paul Area Synod held its 2023 Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders on Feb. 25 at Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley with nine workshops covering a variety of topics related to the life of a faith community. This event is geared toward congregation councils, committee members and other lay leaders as well as rostered ministers and church staff. Our goal is for leaders to go back to their congregations equipped with helpful information and resources, new inspiration and meaningful connections!


On this page, you'll find the visual presentations, handouts and/or notes from the 2023 workshops. While not all presenters agree to share their materials (for a variety of reasons), many have provided their resources for posting here. Thank you to all of our Tool Kit presenters for sharing of your time and expertise!

Becoming an Effective Treasurer

David Laden is the comptroller at Como Park Lutheran, St. Paul, serves as synod council treasurer, and is a member of the synod's Finance Committee.




No More 'Next Time': Effectively Interrupting Harm & Negativity in the Moment

Seema Pothini is the director of ally management at Humanize My Hoodie. Seema is an educator who is passionate about racial equity and creating inclusive learning environments.




Hybrid Ministry: What Is It & Why Do It?

Terri Elton is the dean of academic affairs and professor of leadership at Luther Seminary. She is also pastor of hybrid ministry at Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood. Terri has served at the Saint Paul Area Synod and at Prince of Peace in Burnsville.




Graceful & Effective Advocacy

Tammy Walhof has served as director of Lutheran Advocacy-Minnesota since 2014. Previously, she served as Regional Organizer (Upper Midwest and Plains) and Senior Organizer at Bread for the World for 19 years. Her passion for justice has led her to volunteer with low-income families in the U.S., work for six years in development in Latin America, travel to various African countries, and work in advocacy for more than 20 years. Tammy is a graduate of the Dordt College and Binghamton University (NY).




The Power of Calling

Jeff Marian has served as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville for over 14 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown boys and live in Lakeville. Originally from Philadelphia, Jeff has served congregations in Rockford and Gurnee, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio. He is an avid cyclist, a voracious reader and a bourbon enthusiast. He is also a certified leadership coach for both the church and business communities and owner of Marian Coaching, LLC.