Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Engaging God’s People for Mission and Ministry

Last month I highlighted the importance of vision casting for any given community. If that were ministry in a nutshell, we would focus on vision casting alone, get the word out there, and hope that everything falls into place, right? Well, actually, not so fast! Vision for mission and ministry in the Christian church is uniquely and necessarily caught up in the incarnation, "God with us." God chose to touch the ground through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. We too, are called to engage

Toolbox Update: What is "Shiplap"?

Are you familiar with the names Chip and Joanna? If you recognize the names, then you know all about “shiplap”. Thanks to the current “DIY-Do It Yourself” movement in our culture, HGTV’s Fixer-Upper hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines, have introduced us to shiplap, a rough sawn pine paneling found in historic homes. Shiplap is a favorite construction element for Chip and Joanna as they travel the process of imagining new possibilities for an existing home in an established

Internship Program Updates (2015 - 2016)

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, here are a few internship program updates for you during this 2015 - 2016 year.

We love talking with our internship teams! If you are a current intern or supervisor and have not yet participated in or scheduled your one-on-one phone check-in with your internship point person, please see us at or 651-641-3266 to schedule that time.

Meanwhile, please note that internship site applications for internships beginning Fall 2016

Pray and Break Bread: Navigating Ethical Responsibility and Pastoral Care When War is Part of the Story

On Friday, a small but dedicated group of Luther Seminary students and staff left campus for our second Pray and Break Bread event this semester. Spending time with Minnesota Veterans Affairs, Veterans for Peace, and Lutheran Social Services' Refugee Services, our learning revolved around the Christian ethical responsibility of peace-building as well as the urgency of competent pastoral care for veterans, refugees, and those for whom war, torture, and trauma is part of the story.

A huge thanks to our

Director's Word: Clarity of Vision

For those of you on internship, do you remember this image from our internship orientation? In the orientation session, we talked about two distinct arcs of learning over the span of one’s internship. One of the arcs had to do with the flow of internship: entering a community, establishing rhythms of reflective practice, growing in leadership/bearing fruit, and lastly, ending well. The other arc had to do with some integrative practices that every leader must exhibit when leading Christian communities:

The Intern (Or: "I'll Call You When I Have Something for You to Do")

“I’ll call you when I have something for you to do.” Have you seen the movie The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro? I checked it out since I like the work of these two actors, and I was curious to see the role reversal described in the film: DeNiro’s character finds retirement unsatisfying, so he decides to re-enter the work world by applying for a “Senior Internship” opportunity at a new, online business created and launched by Hathaway, a young,

The Sarah Test

I have a member of my congregation named Sarah. She is an African-American woman in her fifties who often struggles to pay her bills. The weight of oppression, depression, and isolation weigh her down daily. She is dying to hear good news that will help her live another day. She needs to know deep in her soul (like all of us) that she is loved and cared for by a just and compassionate God.

As an incoming student at Luther Seminary, I was excited to sit in my classrooms and

Pray and Break Bread: The Value of Christian Public Leadership in the Work of Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence

For the first Pray & Break Bread urban and multicultural immersion trip of the year, Contextual Learning team members Katherine Parent and April Winebrenner-Palo led a group of 11 Luther Seminary students out of our campus, into the city, and on a deep journey of listening and learning on the topics of intimate partner and sexual violence.
The unbelievable, hard-working, deeply compassionate advocates at Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative in Minnetonka, the Sexual Violence Center

Director's Word

It is with great joy and anticipation that we welcome David Scherer as the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator and Karen Gieseke as our new Contextual Learning Associate.

David Scherer is a 2015 Luther Seminary graduate with an M.A. in Congregational Missional Leadership and an urban ministry developer with more than fifteen years of local experience. In this half-time position, David will coordinate ministry placements and the facilitation of the Christian Public Leader courses. We welcomed

Welcome, Dave!

My name is David Scherer and I am the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator here at Luther. I graduated last spring from Luther with an M.A. in Congregational Mission and Leadership. I have an amazing wife named Carolyn and two beautiful kids: Matthew (4) and Thomas (2). I come from six generations of Lutheran pastors - don’t hold it against me. My upbringing was far from the usual former pastor’s kid.

I was raised by a “New Age” mom, said a Sanskrit chant at the dinner