Ministry in Context

A good word for hope

September! For many, September marks the beginning of a new academic year or a new internship adventure. It is a time of some trepidation and a time of great excitement and hope.

Hope. Hope is one of those words that can be understood in so many ways. Some confuse it with wishful thinking. But for a Christian, hope is the response to God’s promises in Jesus Christ. Hope is our response to a God who loves us, wants us to experience deep and abundant life and claims us as beloved children. Hope

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The excitement of an intern/vicar

It’s the point in the year at which many internships are starting up. This is thrilling for the intern, the supervisor, and the congregation. That excitement is reflected in a letter we received recently from Pastor Phil Gardner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sandusky, Ohio.

"I am pleased to report that Sharon Brown is on board and getting much more than just her feet wet. Her first official responsibility among us was on Sunday when she participated in the annual blessing of book bags as

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For interns returning to campus

The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 7, the second day of classes. The day’s chapel service will call attention to the fact that you and your intern colleagues have returned from internship to begin the "final launch phase" of your seminary training.

In the afternoon, we will host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we will move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5 p.m.

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Lay Committee: Welcoming the new intern

It's time to welcome a new intern in your congregation, and you're looking at the guidelines for the Lay Committee's work. There are a lot of things you can be doing to help your new intern (possibly with a family) feel at home and prepare for the coming year.

Take a look online at our Lay Committee Guide. You will find suggestions for welcoming your intern, as well as ideas for working with your intern from month to month, enabling you to help the intern be successful during the upcoming year.

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

Like it or not, deadlines just keep following you around!

If you have completed your internship, well, you have not really completed it until we have your Project Report, your final evaluations and your signature pages. The Project Report and evaluations can all be done online, but we need to have hard copies of the final evaluations from yourself, your supervisor and your lay committee.

If, on the other hand, you are just getting started on internship, it is not too soon to be thinking about your

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Appreciate the moment!

Funny how things sometimes flow together.

There I was at my desk. I had just read a review of a local performance of one of the great old classic plays of the American theater, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The dramatic nexus of that play comes when Emily Webb, dead far too soon after her marriage, is given the chance to return to earth to relive one day of the life now ended. She chooses her 12th birthday, but is quickly frustrated by her inability to break through the routine-ness of everyday life

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