Ministry in Context

Interested in Stewardship? New Events Upcoming!

The Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary provides educational and experiential opportunities for students, pastors and lay leaders to live more deeply into lives of stewardship leadership. There are a wide variety of resources available online at www.luthersem.edu/stewardship as well as periodic campus events that hopefully help to celebrate God’s abundance in all that is entrusted into our care.

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Director of Contextual Learning Position Available

Luther Seminary is seeking a Director of Contextual Learning to fulfill its commitment to preparing leaders for the apostolic mission of the Church in the 21st century. Candidates should be committed to the missionary character of the Christian faith and to educating evangelical public leaders to minister within a variety of contexts, congregations, and theological traditions. Learn more about the position and apply here: Luther Seminary Employment - Faculty and Staff Positions.

Director's Word: Update on Contextual Learning

As you know, Contextual Learning is going through a transition. Chris Scharen, the current director, has accepted a position at Auburn Theological Seminary and will start his new job on Sept. 1. We appreciate all that Chris has done at Luther Seminary and we will miss his expertise. We are grateful that Kathryn Ostlie-Olson will be the interim director as we begin the search for our next director. We have started the formal search process and hope to fill the position in the next four to six months.

So, What Is God Up To? A Reflection on Practical Theology

Finding God’s activity in the midst of our questions is a key discipline for ministers in context. What can be surprising is just how basic the reflective questions can be. Often times, the who, what, where, why, when, and how questions will lead to deep reflective praxis that unleashes remarkable evidence of a creative and redeeming God stirring in amongst everyday episodes of our lives.

Many students are considering the work of practical theologians as they engage in ministry sites through

Welcome, Katherine!

I'm Katherine Parent and I am excited to join the Contextual Learning office as the Cross-Cultural Education Support Staff. This year, I'll be helping plan and coordinate the "Pray and Break Bread" program, in which groups of Luther students, staff, and faculty will meet their neighbors at sites around the Twin Cities. 

The question, “Where are you from?” usually makes me pause, because I’m a "TCK": a third-culture kid.  My Midwestern family moved to the South and

Contextualization Gives Theology Hands

As practical theologian Fernando Arzola (pictured) says in his book Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context, “Contextualization gives theology hands.” I am excited for the beginning of a new academic year, and I see the importance of us starting out right. My work in the Contextual Learning office has brought together various threads of work that will be strengthened through collaborative work that involves classroom, context, and communal life both on campus

Sharing Voices: Spotlight on Tony Fair and All Metro Praise

Whether working in a congregation or here at the seminary, I find that May and June become a reflective time to naturally step back and think about the past. In this reflective time, one will find lessons learned, wisdom gleaned, as well as impulses for future possibilities. Indeed, it is a generative and freeing time to truly vision and wonder about with is next. I find myself thinking about some of the innovators who came along and took a leap of faith with some visions and wondering of their own.

Welcoming Tim Coltvet to Contextual Learning, Highlighting Connections

If you were to read my most recent bio, it would likely say that I am the Coordinator of Contextual Learning and Coaching for the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Master's degree, that I am a pastor, that I love my call to walk alongside seminary students as they are called to learning, and that I have served in two vibrant ELCA parishes in the Twin Cities to shape Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. This has, indeed, been my calling at Luther for the past five years!

As we begin the Spring

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,