Welcome to the Minnesota North District - Brainerd / Baxter, MN
Our Mission: The mission of the Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri
Synod is to further the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and to assist congregations
as Great Commission churches.
So, what happens when someone from our Minnesota North District decides that they
would like to enroll at one of our seminaries in order to become a pastor? Among
the steps they need to take is to be interviewed by our District Seminary Interview
Committee (how is that for an appropriate name!) Generally each interview lasts
about 2 hours and involves the candidate responding to various questions from the
members of the committee with the committee being guided by a set of suggested questions
and topics which have been supplied to them by the seminaries. Following the interview
the committee does make a recommendation to the seminaries as to whether or not they
believe the seminaries should admit the candidate, which then plays a role in the
decision of the seminaries.
Most recently the committee met with John Folland of Thief River Falls who is seeking
admission to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. The committee strives
to be of encouragement and help to each of the men they interview and is comprised
of two lay people: Mrs. Pat Koehler and Mr. Paul Vrudny; and, three pastors: Rev.
Steve Benson, Rev. Frank Milo, and Rev. Terry Finnern. We thank them for their service!
The committee chair is Rev. David Strohschein.
Minnesota North District Treasurers’ Workshop
Thank you to those who were able to attend our Treasurers Workshops this year. It
was a wonderful time to share information and get to know one another. We hope to
continue with more workshops next year.
The District is particularly thankful for the support from LCEF who provided funding
for this workshop to cover the cost of mileage, lunch and manuals for use at the
The Minnesota North District provides CDs of the Treasurers Manual in October of
each year with the help of LCEF. If you need a hard copy of the manual, we ask that
you help cover the expense by paying $10.00 for the manual plus shipping costs.