Ministry in Context

Contextual Learning Now Hiring!

Contextual Learning is now hiring a new student worker position: Office Assistant for Contextual Learning! The purpose of this position is the assist Contextual Learning with general office responsibilities, primarily in the areas of office administration and hospitality.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Maintain paper filing system.

2. Assist with data entry projects as needed (i.e., reports, spreadsheets, etc.)

3. Assist with opening and resolving Helpdesk tickets as needed (i.e., printer issues, database

Public Speech: A Reflection on Technique by Tim Coltvet

Early in my call as a Christian public leader, I was given some guidelines for public speech. Unlike my Homiletics course (which was ripe with theological and ecclesial background and frameworks), these guidelines came from more of a "technique" angle. Now, I don’t know that I have ever hit on all cylinders with respect to technique! But I do think that these precepts have kept me honest when preparing everything from a sermon to an annual meeting address to teaching Confirmation. Here they

Breaking Bread Together: A Reflection on "Pray and Break Bread" by Katherine Parent

On Friday, October 24, a group of Luther students, staff and faculty experienced a thought-provoking day of interfaith hospitality and community learning on the first Pray and Break Bread trip. Not only was the day an immersion experience in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian interfaith dialogue, it also became a day of learning about local community history. All three sites we visited have deep historical roots in North Minneapolis. As the day unfolded, so did stories about Muslim, Jewish, and Christian

Developing Practical Wisdom: A Reflection on Systems Theory

In the third semester of our Christian Public Leader course for Master of Arts students in the professional degree pathway, we focus on Developing Practical Wisdom while serving in context. Our guide this semester has been the book, Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders by Gilbert Rendle (Alban Institute, 1998).

In our most recent preceptorial for this class, we considered a story coming out of the chapter on general systems theory. It caused us to think

30,000 Feet: Tips and Tricks from Cohort Day 2014

The Fall is off and running and our Contextual Learning team has been delighted to be a part of Cohort Day 2014! At our Cohort Day workshop, a number of valuable insights were shared by our team, and so I would like to take the opportunity to share the “tips and tricks” I shared in my portion of the afternoon workshops. I hope that you find these ideas generative, regardless of the kind of context you are immersed in (CPE, Internship, Christian Public Leader, or something else)!

First,

Interested in Stewardship? New Events Upcoming!

The Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary provides educational and experiential opportunities for students, pastors and lay leaders to live more deeply into lives of stewardship leadership. There are a wide variety of resources available online at www.luthersem.edu/stewardship as well as periodic campus events that hopefully help to celebrate God’s abundance in all that is entrusted into our care.

Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend, is an industry thought-leader

Director of Contextual Learning Position Available

Luther Seminary is seeking a Director of Contextual Learning to fulfill its commitment to preparing leaders for the apostolic mission of the Church in the 21st century. Candidates should be committed to the missionary character of the Christian faith and to educating evangelical public leaders to minister within a variety of contexts, congregations, and theological traditions. Learn more about the position and apply here: Luther Seminary Employment - Faculty and Staff Positions.

Director's Word: Update on Contextual Learning

As you know, Contextual Learning is going through a transition. Chris Scharen, the current director, has accepted a position at Auburn Theological Seminary and will start his new job on Sept. 1. We appreciate all that Chris has done at Luther Seminary and we will miss his expertise. We are grateful that Kathryn Ostlie-Olson will be the interim director as we begin the search for our next director. We have started the formal search process and hope to fill the position in the next four to six months.

So, What Is God Up To? A Reflection on Practical Theology

Finding God’s activity in the midst of our questions is a key discipline for ministers in context. What can be surprising is just how basic the reflective questions can be. Often times, the who, what, where, why, when, and how questions will lead to deep reflective praxis that unleashes remarkable evidence of a creative and redeeming God stirring in amongst everyday episodes of our lives.

Many students are considering the work of practical theologians as they engage in ministry sites through

Welcome, Katherine!

I'm Katherine Parent and I am excited to join the Contextual Learning office as the Cross-Cultural Education Support Staff. This year, I'll be helping plan and coordinate the "Pray and Break Bread" program, in which groups of Luther students, staff, and faculty will meet their neighbors at sites around the Twin Cities. 

The question, “Where are you from?” usually makes me pause, because I’m a "TCK": a third-culture kid.  My Midwestern family moved to the South and