Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

The simplicity of Easter

Easter is not a simple time for a pastor. I've been reflecting a bit on how complicated this high holy day, the Resurrection of our Lord, can be for pastors.

My first Easter Sunday sermon was the longest sermon I've ever preached (except for a worship service in our companion synod in the Central African Republic, where long sermons are required). It lasted more than half an hour, because I felt compelled to say everything possible to those who showed

A preview of your first call?

by Katie Jerebek

Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. is a very large congregation, averaging over 2200 worshipers each week. Hope is also the host for a unique brand of internship. Two interns, anchored at Hope, also serve rural/small town congregations and a nursing home. The interns spend 80% of their time in their "dispersed" settings, and 20% of their time at Hope. Pastor Mike Toomey of Hope is their supervisor. One of the interns, Scott Fielder, serves at St.

Preparing "the final paragraph"

It seems like you just got finished with the mid-year evaluation (that is finished and submitted, isn't it?), and now Easter is at hand and then the program year begins winding down and the end of an internship is in sight. As the last few weeks or months of internship approach, all of you interns, supervisors, and lay committee members will turn your attention to the final—and most important—evaluation.

Similar to the other evaluations, the final internship

Save the trees!

The CL office is running out of file space—and you can help! Once you've submitted your mid-year and final evaluations online, all we need from you are the signed signature pages that accompany them. There's no need for you to print and submit the entire evaluation form; we can access that portion online ourselves. So please think of our files (and consider the trees) when you go to print your evaluations—and just go for the signature pages!

Your biggest mistake

My friend Jack was an engineer for a major firm in the aeronautical field, and no slouch at that. He was one of the designers of the original lunar landing module. Later he was involved with the design of a massive maintenance facility for the Saudi Arabian Air Force. Jack and his colleagues put in massive amounts of time planning for the facility, and traveling back and forth to the Middle East. The process took years, with no final commitments and no final results.

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

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 (Note: Location change!) Nokomis Heights Lutheran, Minneapolis, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster: May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Moorhead

Photo Album

The Contextual Learning staff gathered in St. Paul in March to work on internship placements for the 2011-12 year. They are: (seated) Sally Messner, Kate Sterner, and Kathryn Ostlie-Olson; (standing) Julie Josund, Rick Foss, and Steve McKinley.