Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

For the Lay Committee: Know the Roles

The Internship Committee should be meeting regularly by now. You may be wondering what role you play in the internship besides meeting once a month. The text below comes from the online Committee Handbook:

What roles do committee members play?

  1. Supporter
    You provide counsel and encouragement for the intern and his/her spouse. You provide support and honest feedback—something that everyone needs.
  2. Sponsor
    You are able to acquaint the intern with the members of the congregation and

Documents Due

As October becomes November, certain documents pertaining to internship are either due for completion or soon will be.

Learning Goals are due by the end of the second month of internship which, for most interns, means the end of October. Learning Goals are broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary. These goals (ideally 3-5) are then fleshed out with objectives, which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal. Those objectives should be:      

Photo Album

Oregon/Vancouver Cluster

Row 1: Pr. Mike O’Berg, Ray McKechnie-Wartburg, Pr. Tom Dodd, Pr. Chris Kramer, Elizabeth Damico-Luther, Stacey Siebrasse-PLTS
Row 2: Youghshim Mason-Wartburg, Rebecca Ajer-LSTC, Matthew Anderson-LSTC, Pr. Chris Nolte
Back row: Laura Stephenson-PLTS, Pr. Dorthy Nielsen, Pr. Jon Strasman, Pr. Jim Stender


Southwestern MN and South Dakota Cluster

Interns Jason Darty (Southern Seminary), Bailey Landa, Anthony Christoffels, Stephanie Christoffels, and Lisa Konzen

Learning Goals and Project Proposals

Most interns should be at work now on their Learning Goals and Project Proposal. These are forms due to be submitted by the end of the second month of internship. Supervisors and Lay Committee should be expecting to talk with the intern about the forms.

Learning Goals are “broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary.” These goals (ideally 3-5) are then joined to objectives which “are "mini-goals" which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal.”

Internship reflections

by Julie Wright

Shortly after I arrived at my internship, my grandfather died unexpectedly. In the midst of beginning a new and exciting internship experience, I witnessed the death of such a dear man – someone who had loved and nurtured me my whole life. As he took his final breath, I held his hand, stroked his hair, marked the cross of Christ upon his brow, and spoke his name. Five days later, as we laid him to rest, I had the great honor of preaching at his funeral and co-officiating at

Fall cluster meetings

Northern Minnesota: Tues., Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd, Minn. (Rick Foss)

Washington State: Tues., Oct. 4-5, Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, Wash. (Julie Josund)

North Dakota: Thurs., Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N. D. (Rick Foss)

Twin Cities East: Tues., Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Como Park  Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Oregon/Vancouver, Wash.: Oct. 11-12, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities West:

Photo Album

Former Deployed Internship Associate Sherwood Glover (right) and his wife Jeanne paid a recent visit to the Contextual Learning office during a driving tour around the country. They are pictured with CL Director Rick Foss.


Brad Doty, Chase Smith, Courtney Young and Beth Krolak talk about their internship experiences during the senior de-briefing and launch event in early September.


Scott Simmons, Michelle deBeauchamp, and Mary Sue Dreier share a laugh during the de-briefing

The excitement of an intern/vicar

It’s the point in the year at which many internships are starting up. This is thrilling for the intern, the supervisor, and the congregation. That excitement is reflected in a letter we received recently from Pastor Phil Gardner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sandusky, Ohio.

"I am pleased to report that Sharon Brown is on board and getting much more than just her feet wet. Her first official responsibility among us was on Sunday when she participated in the annual blessing of book bags as

For interns returning to campus

The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 7, the second day of classes. The day’s chapel service will call attention to the fact that you and your intern colleagues have returned from internship to begin the "final launch phase" of your seminary training.

In the afternoon, we will host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we will move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5 p.m.

Lay Committee: Welcoming the new intern

It's time to welcome a new intern in your congregation, and you're looking at the guidelines for the Lay Committee's work. There are a lot of things you can be doing to help your new intern (possibly with a family) feel at home and prepare for the coming year.

Take a look online at our Lay Committee Guide. You will find suggestions for welcoming your intern, as well as ideas for working with your intern from month to month, enabling you to help the intern be successful during the upcoming year.