Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Remember the evaluations

If you are completing your internship, please remember that you are not officially finished until all of your evaluations with signature pages have been turned in. The evaluations themselves can be completed and submitted online. The signature pages, however, must be in hard copy and turned in to the Contextual Learning office.


Saying Goodbye

At the closing cluster meetings each year, we discuss saying goodbye. 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 good-byes to special people, one-on-one, before the

Photo Album

Last Cluster of the year - Washington/Idaho group overlooking Puget Sound.
Ryan Cosgrove, Pr. Jeff Russell, Pr. Julie Josund, LS; Rick Foss, LS; Justin
Mootz, Pr. Paul Paumbo, Bishop Chris Boerger, Barb Gwynn, Jeanette Clark,
Ethan Hulme (behind Jeanette), Pr. Kathy Hawks, Katie Emery, John Simonson.


Global mission in a local congregation

by Michelle de Beauchamp

Our Savior's Lutheran Church is a 900 member church located in Owatonna, Minnesota, which has a population of about 25,000 people. The members of the congregation vary in occupations from farmers, factory workers, teachers, nurses, small business owners to construction workers. It is a congregation that is slowly growing (especially with younger families), and this year the building is being expanded because there is not enough education space for the kids.

When I arrived

For the lay committee: Consider an exit interview

Most internships are now in their final few months.  Final evaluations will be completed during the summer.  Committees will sit down with the intern to talk about how the internship has gone, what they have particularly appreciated about the intern, and areas for future growth.   It is an important conversation at a significant intersection in the path toward ordained ministry.

It well might be a time to make the conversation two-way: not just about the committee’s insights

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.