Ministry in Context

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

There’s still one more Spring Cluster Meeting to go: the Washington Cluster will meet June 8-9 at Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way, Washington, under the guidance of Julie Josund.

Photo Album

At the Twin Cities West Cluster Meeting: Front row: Karsten Nelson, Pam Stalheim-Lane, Adam Morton, Javen Swanson, Chase Smith.  Back row: Scott Donnelly, Scott Simmons, Nile Sandeen, Jason Van Hunnik, Kelly Chatman, Caleb Crainer.

At the Twin Cities West Cluster Meeting: Front row: Brad Doty, Pam Stofferahn, Jay Carlson.  Back row: Michelene Vertlautz, Susan Debner, Marla Amborn, Mark Becker, Betsy Hoium, Steve McKinley.

At the Southwest Minnesota Cluster Meeting, held at Earthrise

Worship is cancelled, it's the intern's fault, and it is a good thing!

On Sunday, May 22, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hill Village, Colorado, is canceling two of its worship services in order to provide members and guests with a service opportunity. If someone shows up to worship at the usual 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. worship hours, they may find the building empty. A sign will say that worship is cancelled at these times and that the congregation has joined the service in the neighborhoods of the community.

"Be the Blessing Day!" is Intern

Consultation on concurrent internship

Historically concurrent internships (half time internships lasting 21 months) have been rare, with only two or three underway at any time. However, as we look at the present and the future, we see concurrents becoming more common to accommodate the diverse situations and needs of both students and congregations. Recently members of the Contextual Leadership staff gathered with a small group of current concurrent interns and supervisors to discuss

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster: May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minn. (Rick Foss)

Southeastern Minnesota Cluster: May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Twin Cities Metro East Cluster: May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Augustana Lutheran Church, West St.

Photo Album

Interns and Pastors at the Oregon-Vancouver, WA Cluster gather with Oregon Synod Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke: Front row: Jim Stender, Tom Dodds, Julie Josund-LS, Donna Duensing-PLTS, Chris Kramer. Back row: Doug Dobson, Vallory Williams, Angela Nelson, Jeremiah, Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Scott, Jon Strasman, Eric Hoffer, Kristen Rice, Chris Nolte.

 

Arizona cluster meeting 4/5/2011 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Gold Canyon: Back row: Pastor Mark Halvorson, Pastor Mark

A preview of your first call?

by Katie Jerebek

Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. is a very large congregation, averaging over 2200 worshipers each week. Hope is also the host for a unique brand of internship. Two interns, anchored at Hope, also serve rural/small town congregations and a nursing home. The interns spend 80% of their time in their "dispersed" settings, and 20% of their time at Hope. Pastor Mike Toomey of Hope is their supervisor. One of the interns, Scott Fielder, serves at St.

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Oregon Cluster: April 26-27, at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities Metro West Cluster: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at (Note: Location change!) Nokomis Heights Lutheran, Minneapolis, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster: May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Moorhead

Photo Album

The Contextual Learning staff gathered in St. Paul in March to work on internship placements for the 2011-12 year. They are: (seated) Sally Messner, Kate Sterner, and Kathryn Ostlie-Olson; (standing) Julie Josund, Rick Foss, and Steve McKinley.

The lay committee at mid-year

Having completed the Mid-Year Evaluation (it is completed and submitted, isn't it?), March is a good time for the Lay Committee to check back on some of the basics, the things we look at when the internship year begins, but might forget about later. Such as:

  • Learning Goals. While these are essentially worked out between the intern and the supervisor, it's good for the Lay Committee to know what the goals are. You might have seen it at the beginning of the year.