Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Good gifts, good growth

If I were going to boil down the essence of the early six-month evaluations that I'm reading from supervisors and internship committees, it would be this:

  • God has given good gifts to this intern.
  • We are seeing some good growth in this intern.

The specifics, of course, vary. The particular blind spots or areas of struggle differ from one to another. The areas of particular giftedness range widely. The yet-to-be learned ministry skills are not the same. The

The lay committee at mid-year

Having completed the Mid-Year Evaluation (it is completed and submitted, isn't it?), March is a good time for the Lay Committee to check back on some of the basics, the things we look at when the internship year begins, but might forget about later. Such as:

  • Learning Goals. While these are essentially worked out between the intern and the supervisor, it's good for the Lay Committee to know what the goals are. You might have seen it at the beginning of the year.

Don't be late for church!

Daylight Savings Time begins the second Sunday in March, March 13, the first Sunday in Lent.

If you are one of our perfectionist interns, you will set your alarm clock for 2 a.m. when you go to bed on Saturday night, then wake up and push the proper buttons to set the clock ahead one hour.

If you are a normal productive intern, you will set the clock ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night.

If you are one of those I-do-my-best-work-at-the-last-minute (meaning I-only-work-at-the-last-minute)

A good word for bass players

A while back my wife and I spent a delightful evening at the Dakota, a jazz club in downtown Minneapolis, listening to a wonderful group called the Roy Hargove Quintet. We had prime seats up front, only a few feet from the musicians.

You may have seen one or two of the many books exploring the link between our life in the church as the Body of Christ and jazz. I'm not going to re-plow that ground. I just want to think about the bass player.

Roy Hargrove, the quintet

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Spring seems far away, past the end of January, but you should be marking your calendars now for Spring Cluster Meetings. The time does fill up!

Colorado Cluster: March 15, at Littleton, Colo. (Julie Josund)

Oregon Cluster: April 26-27, at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities Metro West Cluster: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May