Ministry in Context

New supervisor training

Now that internship placements for 2011-12 have been made, the Contextual Learning staff will welcome new supervisors to Luther's campus May 10-11. During the event we will learn both about the art and mechanics of supervising an intern.

We will begin with chapel on Tuesday, as Rick Foss and former Contextual Learning interim director, Gary Wilkerson, will lead worship and a rite of sending for interns and others going out into new ministries. After lunch we will convene a workshop with Steve McKinley, giving an overview of the internship year, the rhythms, roles and relationships. We will talk about some of the written requirements: learning goals, internship project and evaluations. A panel of supervisors and former interns will share wisdom regarding best practices from both sides of the supervising relationship. Rollie Martinson, academic dean, will talk about the importance of context as the intern learns to integrate theology and praxis. Later in the afternoon we will gather at President Bliese's home for refreshments before we return to the Olson Campus Center for dinner and a presentation by congregation care professor Teresa Latini.

On Wednesday morning we will work our way through some of the details regarding internship and supervision, then end with Rick Foss sharing his reflections. Those who are able to stay are invited to meet with their intern over lunch.

We are excited to host this year's New Supervisor event because it is a wonderful opportunity for staff and supervisors to get to know one another better. It is also an important time for supervisors to meet colleagues who are engaged in this important ministry of training servant leaders for the church. For God's presence in the process and for these partnerships, we are grateful.

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