2022 Boundaries Training Options

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Monday, December 05, 2022

Boundaries education is required for all rostered ministers in the Saint Paul Area Synod every three years, per synod policy. You can meet this requirement in 2022 by participating in one of three options. Choose the one that meets your financial and time realities and learning goals. If you are unsure how recently you participated in a workshop, contact Rachel Holsten in the synod office at rachel.holsten@spas-elca.org or 651-224-4313.


We look forward to have you join us for these important conversations!

OPTION 1: Book Group

The Integrity of the Body of Christ: Boundary Keeping as Shared Responsibility by Arden Mahlberg and Craig Nessan


This book group will be hosted by Deacon Krista Lind. Participants must purchase the book on their own. Pre-reading and participation in two in-person gatherings are required:

  • June 16 - 9-11 a.m. AND
  • August 18 - 9-11 a.m.


Location: Saint Paul Area Synod Conference Room (105 University Ave. W, St. Paul)

Cost: Free other than book purchase


This option is no longer available for registrations.




OPTION 2: Workshop

Boundaries Workshop: Ethics in Ministry


This workshop includes foundational understandings of boundaries and power along with conversation on harassment, self-care based on the resources from the Faith Trust Institute. The workshop will be led by Deacon Krista Lind, Pastor Bradley Schmeling and Bishop Patricia Lull. Participation in one in-person gathering is required:

  • September 22 - 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Location: Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul

Cost: $25 including lunch

Registration Deadline: September 15


This option is no longer available for registrations.



OPTION 3: Online + One Hour Group Zoom

Part 1: There are a number of regional and national organizations that offer online boundaries training:


Attend your choice of online training (must be completed prior to attending Part 2). Certificates or other documentation of online course completion should be submitted to rachel.holsten@spas-elca.org.


Part 2: Meet with Bishop Lull and other boundaries learners over Zoom to share what you have learned, hear what others have learned and talk together about expectations for rostered leaders in the synod. Choose your one-hour group meeting date on Zoom:

  • May 31 - 10:00 a.m. OR
  • December 5 - 2:00 p.m.