LWML MN North District 29th Biennial Convention

Special Speakers and Guests

Michelle Jenks, Strategic Plan Facilitator

LWML Representative

Michelle has been active in the LWML since 1990, having served on Christian Growth Committees at the zone level in Nebraska South, North Dakota, and the Pacific Southwest LWML Districts. At the district level, she has served as Meeting Manager and was the Chairman of the LWML North Dakota District Committee for Young Women.

Michelle loves to serve the Lord and others. Her vision for the LWML is to reach out to each woman in every congregation around the world to let them know of God's love and care. Her favorite Bible verse? I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Read her complete biography here.  Michelle_Jenks_Bio-2019-2021

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Brent Smith

Serves as mission development counselor for Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa.

The Rev. Dr. Brent Smith started serving Nov. 1, 2016 as Mission Development Counselor at Mission Central (www.missioncentral.us). In this role, Smith serves alongside "Old Missionary Gary" Thies. Mission Central was launched in 1994 to help support missionaries and mission projects around the world. As Mission Development Counselor, Smith works to inform congregations and their members of the LCMS national and international mission work, while also connecting people with opportunities to support missionaries and projects with prayer, encouragement and voluntary giving. In addition, he advocates for regional mission opportunities spearheaded or coordinated by their respective LCMS districts.

"Truly the Lord continues to grow His kingdom through the missionaries and mission projects of the LCMS and its partners nationally and internationally," Smith said. "It is an honor to come alongside missionary Gary Thies at Mission Central to work together in this multi-generational mission effort to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Jesus is the best generosity strategist ever, and I'm humbled to have this opportunity to serve in His mission."

Brent and his family are based in Omaha, NE. – a location that will allow him both to welcome missionaries traveling to Mission Central and deploy nationally at the invitation of individuals and congregations. After growing up on a farm outside Imperial, Nebraska, and working in public accounting, Smith has served in various positions in the church since 1995, when he was sent to work as Business Manager in Central Asia (1995-97). He later spent six years as an evangelistic missionary in Russia before being called to as executive staff in the role of Regional Director for the Eurasia region, based in Germany (2006-2013). His doctorate degree focused on strategies for working as Christians in Muslim-majority contexts. Most recently, he served three years based near Washington D.C. in the LCMS Southeastern District as Executive Director for Mission Development (2013-2016).

2020 District Convention Online Resources

Additional information about the convention and special online events will be posted here.

Download the special Convention Financial Remittance Form for convention offerings here
 2020 Convention Financial Remittance Form

Special message from LWML President Debbie Larson Click Here to watch

A special report from the Young Women Representatives Click Here to watch

PROPOSED MISSION GRANTS - Additional Information

Proposed Mission Grant Resolutions

To help with your voting decisions, the following information contains the proposed mission grant synopses and the mission grants resolutions that will be voted on for the 2020 convention.

The Mission Grant Synopses contains an overview of the proposed mission grants. The Mission Grant Resolutions contains the full resolutions of the proposed mission grants.

 2020 Proposed Mission Grant Resolutions


What does an officer of the LWML MN North District do?
Nominations were set forth for the following offices that will be voted on for the 2020 convention. LWML District President, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Vice Presidents for Arrowhead I Region, Lakeland I Region, Park I Region, and Pastoral Counselor for the Lakeland Region. The following information details the duties for district officers. (The duties are taken from the LWML MN North District Bylaws, Rev. 2018. The complete bylaws can be downloaded here.)

Section 1: The President shall:

  1. preside at all District Conventions and at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee;
  2. appoint chairmen of standing committees subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, unless otherwise provided for in the bylaws;>
  3. c. be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee;
  4. sign all vouchers, other than routine administrative expenses, for payment of all legitimately incurred expenditures and bills;
  5. be responsible for the execution of all valid resolutions passed by the District Board of Directors and Executive Committee;
  6. acknowledge and welcome by letter all new District societies and inform the LWML President;
  7. be authorized to sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer;
  8. be bonded at the expense of the District for an amount determined by the Executive Committee;
  9. present a report to the District Convention including a report of the activities of the Board of Directors.

Section 3: The Regional Vice Presidents shall:

  1. be a liaison between the District Board of Directors, zones and societies and give a written and oral report of information from the District Board of Directors' quarterly meetings;
  2. attend all zone planning meetings and rallies, serving as advisor to zone leaders;
  3. help plan and preside over the regional rallies;
  4. in cooperation with zone personnel submit to the Nominating Committee for consideration the names of at least one (1) nominee for each District office.

Section 5: The Corresponding Secretary shall:

  1. conduct such correspondence as may be requested by the President, the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee;
  2. issue certificates of membership;
  3. keep a record of the numerical strength and addresses of all societies;
  4. collect statistics each biennium from the societies for publication in the convention manual;
  5. keep accurate mailing lists for the Lutheran Woman's Quarterly (hereinafter referred to as the Quarterly) and District newsletter;
  6. be in charge of distribution of Mite Boxes and other promotional materials;
  7. keep a record of zone and society officers and committee chairmen including addresses and phone numbers.

Section 7: The Treasurer shall:

  1. be bonded at the expense of the District for an amount determined by the Executive Committee;
  2. receive all funds from the Financial Secretary and deposit them in a financial institution approved by the Executive Committee;
  3. keep an itemized account of all deposits and disbursements;
  4. make all payments authorized by the District President, the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee;
  5. make payments for approved grants as authorized by the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee;
  6. submit financial reports to the convention, the Board of Directors and upon request of the Executive Committee at any time;
  7. submit records for financial review at the end of the biennium.

Section 1

  1. The Pastoral Counselors shall be three (3) pastors, one (1) from each LCMS Conference of the Minnesota North District, who shall serve for a term of six (6) years.
  2. Any society, zone or region may submit names of nominees for Pastoral Counselors to the Nominating Committee. The consent of the nominee to serve, if elected, shall have been secured.
  3. From the names submitted, the Nominating Committee shall select a list of six (6) nominees, which shall be presented to the LCMS District President for approval. From the approved list, the Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of three (3) candidates to the convention.
  4. One (1) new Pastoral Counselor shall be elected at each convention.
  5. The term of office shall be six (6) years. No Pastoral Counselor shall be eligible for reelection.
  6. The next Pastoral Counselor position coming up for election is the Senior Pastoral Counselor.
  7. An appointed Pastoral Counselor will assume the duties of the person whose position he is filling.

Section 2: The Pastoral Counselors shall:

  1. serve the District in an advisory capacity;
  2. attend all conventions, meetings of the Board of Directors, and if requested, the Executive Committee;
  3. attend all meetings of a standing or special committee as assigned.

2020 Convention Theme

"Drawn to the Cross," is based on Joshua 1:9b: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

2020 Convention Cancellation

The 29th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League Minnesota North District that was to be held June 22-24, 2020 at the Timberlake Hotel and Event Center, Grand Rapids, MN has been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus.

The convention theme that was chosen is especially pertinent at this time. Now is the time in our lives where we are "Drawn to the Cross". Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9b)

The voting will take place by paper ballot. Please check for updates on this web page.

I will miss being with all of you in June! Always remember that God is in control of all that happens in our lives.

God's blessings to all of you!
Marilyn Hiltel LWML MN North District President

2020 Convention Voting

The LWML MN North District is still going to proceed with convention business of electing officers, choosing mission grants, making bylaw changes, setting a new mite goal, and voting on resolutions.

Voting will proceed by paper ballot. Each LWML society delegate, and other eligible voters, will receive instructions of how to proceed. The delegate packet will contain the nominee bios, convention resolutions, proposed mission grants, and proposed bylaw amendments. Each certified delegate will fill out a paper ballot, sign and place it in the self-addressed envelope that will be mailed to Lois Sather, who will serve as Ballot Collector. For the mail-in ballots to count, the ballot must be postmarked June 22, 2020. Tellers will then tally the convention ballots.

Convention Questions

How will the Convention Offerings be taken if we are not meeting in person?

After all of the votes have been gathered and counted, there will be a financial remittance form available for groups to fill out and send in with their offering.

Download the Special Convention Financial Remittance Form for the convention offerings here.

 2020 Convention Financial Remittance Form