Ministry in Context

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.

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Clinical Pastoral Education Updates

Our CPE Q & A sessions are now over; get your ACPE applications in by Thanksgiving!

We are now finished hosting CPE Q & A sessions. Best of luck to all of you as you prepare your CPE applications. Getting them finished by Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb; don't hesitate to reach out to contextuallearning@luthersem.edu for help.

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Cross-Cultural Education Opportunities

New cross-cultural experiences are now available!

Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?

Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671

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Welcome April!

April Winebrenner-Palo is the new Program Administrative Assistant and Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual Learning Department.   She will support all facets of the Contextual Learning curriculum, assist in the leadership of the Teaching Congregations program and serve as the primary contact person for Contextual Learning’s congregational partners.  

This is what April has to say about herself:

My name is April Winebrenner-Palo. My academic background lies

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Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Another internship year is about to start. Is your Lay Internship Committee ready? 

  1. Prepare to welcome your new intern and their family, if they have one. Someone from your committee or staff should be appointed to coordinate this welcoming time. The intern will need a contact person who can field questions dealing with basic "getting settled" issues, such as housing and transportation. Don't just assume it's the pastor or other staff member. Make sure you KNOW who's handling this. Be organized.

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Fall Cluster Meetings

Twin Cities West Metro: October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley) 

Washington-Alaska-Montana Cluster: October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley) 

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota: October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen) 

Southwestern Minnesota: October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the

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When is Internship Over?

You in the back row…when is internship over?

When you give your last sermon in the internship congregation.

Wrong. Over by the windows, what do you think?

When the congregation has its farewell party.

Sorry. You in the front, sticking your hand up and jumping up and down.

When you move back to campus.

Wrong. Anybody else want to try?

I didn’t think so. Here is the correct answer. Internship is over when all of your evaluation forms have been returned to the Contextual Leadership

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The Craft of Ministry

By Ingrid Arneson Rasmussen

I just got off the phone with my dad. He is on a vacationing in Grand Marais, MN. Each summer he gets in the car, drives the eight hours north, and plants himself on the shores of Lake Superior for several days. It’s his solo pilgrimage—one he takes with thousands of other Minnesotans. He didn’t describe the stops he made along the way; he didn’t need to. A donut at Tobies , gas in Duluth, smoked fish in Two Harbors, a soda in Silver Bay, and another

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Saying Good-bye

Every year at the Spring Cluster Meetings we have a discussion about saying good-bye to the internship congregation. This is the advice given to interns at that time. Supervisors hear all of this, but lay committees might find this advice helpful.

1. Talk openly about leaving and your feelings about it.

2. Accept invitations out, even if they were not offered before.

3. Pay outstanding debts in the community.

4. Have a farewell celebration -- accept gifts graciously.

5. Take time to say individual

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When is Internship Over?

You in the back row…when is internship over?

When you give your last sermon in the internship congregation.

Wrong. Over by the windows, what do you think?

When the congregation has its farewell party.

Sorry. You in the front, sticking your hand up and jumping up and down.

When you move back to campus.

Wrong. Anybody else want to try?

I didn’t think so. Here is the correct answer. Internship is over when all of your evaluation forms have been returned to the Contextual Leadership

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