Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Director's Word: In Memory of Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet (April 5 1940 - January 30 2016)

Director Tim Coltvet's father, Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, passed away on January 30 2016. In lieu of Tim's monthly Director's Word column, the Contextual Learning team would like to share a short interlude in memory of Sherman's life and ministry.

Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, 75, of Rochester, Minnesota died at home surrounded by family on Saturday January 30, 2016. He was born on April 5, 1940 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Rev. Benjamin and Hattie (Hanson) Coltvet. During his childhood, he lived in Fertile,

From Fruit Fly-Inspired Flying Robots to the Internship Project: What's Your Internship Project Story?

Let's talk a little bit about school science fairs. Recalling back to your childhood, do you remember your school science fair projects? Did you have a special interest or passion you pursued? Or was it the finish-it-the-night-before-it's-due kind of project? Did your family help or were you the solo scientist on the project? A little "scientific" research about school science fair projects unearths a couple interesting items:

  • Pinterest offers an elaborate section on Science Fair Projects.
  • According

From Kitchen Counters to Pastoral Visits: The Hidden Curricula

I'll never forget my wife's look of sadness as she looked at the crumb-infested kitchen counter in front of both of us. "You didn't clean this counter?" she asked me, with what I instantly interpreted as disappointment in her voice. In response, a whole cloud of possible retorts floated by me, one by one:

"You never asked me to clean it!"
"Clean is in the eye of the beholder!"
"Your subtle hints about it aren't direct enough for a guy who grew up with direct communicators in his family!"

Internship 2015-2016: Cluster Meeting Reminders, Assignment Reminders

Are you part of an internship team in Region 1 or Region 3? If so, your cluster meeting is facilitated by the Contextual Learning team here at Luther. We are so looking forward to our spring cluster meetings! We would like you to save the following dates on your calendars.
 
Region 1 Cluster Meeting for Spring 2016
April 12 - 13, 2016
Rainbow Lodge Retreat Center
North Bend, WA
 
Region 3 Cluster Meetings for Spring 2016
(Each cluster meeting is 9:30am to 3:30pm.)

Southern

Internship 2016-2017: Internship Application and Interview Reminders

February is a very exciting month! Our internship site application deadline for internships beginning Fall 2016 was January 31, 2015. Thanks to a very attentive and involved group of internship site applicants, our internship site list for this Fall 2016 was posted punctually on February 5, 2016. This month, many of our Fall 2016 pastoral interns will review and interview with available internship sites February 15 - February 26. Our placement process will conclude this March and April, with our New

CPE Reminders

Many of our student readers have recently finished up Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) this last fall or winter. Likewise, many students are also beginning their first unit of CPE this Spring as well. To that end, we'd like to share some key reminders.

After you’ve been accepted to a program, here is how you register and pay for it:

  1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site,

Director's Word: Making Gatherings Memorable

Last month I lifted up the important leadership competency of engaging people in God’s mission. The month prior, we focused on the importance of vision and vision casting as a leader. This month, we dig into the nitty gritty of ministry on the front lines: making gatherings memorable. What does it take for you to host a gathering – whether a bible study, a preaching event, or a confirmation lesson?

The most direct answer may be the following: prayer, planning, preparation, execution,

"Luminous Beings are We": Star Wars, Yoda, and Wisdom for Internship

Star Wars is a part of my story, beginning in a galaxy far, far away when I was in high school, and has continued into later chapters of my life as I got married and had kids. Today I have the good fortune of living with family members who embrace Star Wars, and as such have learned enough to potentially answer through the $400 round if I was on Jeopardy. Yoda’s words, “Much to learn, you still have,” would apply to my depth of knowledge, but I do see the value in this epic tale,

Black Lives Matter: Reflections for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter from a Birmingham Jail)[1]

Days after the Jamar Clark shooting, my heart was aching as my city was boiling over with racial

Good News from Pastoral Interns

For a fun surprise in this month's Ministry in Context, we wanted to share some good news from some of our current Luther Seminary pastoral interns. Please enjoy these small stories of joy, and please keep all of our internship teams in your hearts.

On December 16, 2015, pastoral intern Jon Rundquist and his wife, Tiffany, welcomed baby Bridget Irene (10lb 4oz and 21.75 in long). Jon is serving at Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, Battle Lake, MN.

On December 30, 2015, pastoral intern Joel Nye and his