Ministry in Context

Internship: Site Applications Due January 31

Because many congregations need to approve the application at a January annual meeting, the site application deadline is January 31, 2014. However, we are happy to receive applications at any time – the earlier the better!

Please find “Expectations for Internship Sites,” “Financial Matters,” and the application form itself at the following link: http://www2.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/for_congregations.asp.

When you are preparing your application for

Teaching Congregations: Reflection Questions and Spring 2014

Teaching Congregations FE 4021 grades have now been submitted. If you have not submitted Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions for this semester, please give some attention to these details as soon as possible. You may find copies of all materials on the FE 4021 coursepage.

If your curriculum requires that you sign up for Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014, please don't forget to register for FE 4022. If you need to switch placements, or if you have questions about the new curriculum,

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity in Nicaragua

In May 2014, Concordia College is hosting a 21-day Justice Journey to Nicaragua during which students will learn and work alongside the award-winning non-profit Lutheran World Relief. The program will begin with 3 days of language learning and group building at Concordia Language Villages. Students will then experience day visits to cocoa, coffee, and other working cooperatives; service-learning opportunities; homestays with eco-tourism emphases; guided reflections on poverty, sustainability, and

Clinical Pastoral Education: New Opportunity with Allina

Allina Hospital System has a few openings remaining for their Spring 2014 extended CPE units.  The units are 26 hours a week for 15 weeks (end of January through mid-May).

More details and the application process are on their website:  http://www.allinahealth.org/ahs/cpe.nsf/

For more information about the available spring units or to make application, please contact the supervisor directly at:

Partnerships: Upcoming Boundaries Workshops

A Boundaries Workshop is required of every student in each degree program. Luther Seminary offers several Boundaries Workshops each year. You can choose the Boundaries Workshop that best fits your schedule. Every workshop is held on-campus at Luther Seminary. There is no cost for the workshop. All of these workshops are open to students in any degree program.

Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/luthersem.edu/forms/d/1QDgQA9k3Fos4zw-T3xFZq2AjFc5ERQVqc1WZjtvrjwI/viewform

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Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Rufus Kudee

Rufus grew up in Liberia, became a refugee during Liberia's political unrest, and lived in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Today, he is a Luther Seminary MDiv and serves as the Intern Pastor at Como Park Lutheran with Pastor Martin Ericson. In this column, Rufus shares his experiences interning in a culturally unfamiliar context.

I see my internship as an opportunity for me and the Church for us to get to know each other, understand each other,

Clinical Pastoral Education: New CPE Unit Available in Burnsville, Edina, and Minneapolis

A new CPE unit is now available!

Take one class this Spring and complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education during the Spring Semester!

Fairview CPE is offering three options for the Spring Semester CPE:

1. Fairview Ridges/Ebenezer Ridges (Burnsville)
2. Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina)/Ebenezer Minneapolis campus
3. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis)

All programs will begin orientation during the week of January 27 and be completed by May 23.  Students

Partnerships: New Job Opportunities Available in Edina, Goodridge

Two of our congregational partners have new job opportunities available!

Kids Choir Director
Shepherd of the Hills, Edina MN

Shepherd of the Hills, a growing, community-focused congregation is seeking a children's choir director. Our Elementary age students gather on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 for 30min of art followed by 30min of music. The hour-long program is called, "WAM" (Worship, Art, Music). In addition to Wednesday evenings the kids choir is scheduled to offer a musical piece in worship on

Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Daniel Nelson

Conflict with an Internship Supervisor: Learning and Growing Nonetheless

Perhaps you are now finding yourself in a relationship that is tense. Whether you are an intern or a supervisor, there are very real challenges when the visions of two people called to preach the Gospel of Christ do not match up. What do we do with the dissonance and hurt that comes with a shattering of expectations of a year in ministry together?

My supervisor left just after the mid-point of my internship. He prepared me

Teaching Congregations Updates

All Teaching Congregations paperwork was due October 16!

If you have not submitted your Learning Agreement for this year, please email that to contextuallearning@luthersem.edu as soon as you are able.