As people who work with people, we know the importance of relationships. We also know that healthy relationships depend upon clear and respectful boundaries. Rostered ministers especially need thoughtful and consistent training around boundaries because of the variety of their relationships.

Minneapolis Area Synod leaders must attend Boundary Training Workshops every 3-5 years. The workshops are held twice a year and are intended for rostered ministers, CYF staff, and all church staff members. As a part of the training, attendees are asked to listen to a 40-minute podcast before the workshop. We will discuss this podcast at the workshop. You can listen to the podcast here.

Thank you to those who attended the Boundaries Workshop on October 3. Certificates will be emailed to all rostered leaders who completed the training. If you would like certificates for your lay staff that attended as well, please email
If you can’t attend a workshop or need to complete your boundaries training earlier, you can choose to complete the online option. (Details below.)

Online Course

This is an opportunity for those unable to attend the in-person trainings to meet their Boundaries Workshop requirements.

The online course Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics is offered by Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Once you enroll and pay the $49 fee, you will have the opportunity to complete the course in 60 days working at your own pace. We appreciate that the United Methodists are making this course available to us. Lutherans taking this course should read the ELCA document ELCA Vision and Expectations:

After your completion, it will be reviewed and if approved, your certificate of completion will be emailed to you and the synod office. You can learn more about the course by visiting

To enroll in the course:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on enroll and choose option 2. Your group is Minneapolis Area Synod – ELCA.
  3. Complete the registration form and pay by credit card or PayPal.
  4. Log-in and begin the course.

A second course, Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age, which builds on the first course, is also highly recommended.

If you have questions about registration or payment, contact: Joe Arnold, Research Manager, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, at or by phone: 202-885-8560.