Ministry in Context

Partnerships: New Job Opportunities Available in Edina, Goodridge

Two of our congregational partners have new job opportunities available!

Kids Choir Director
Shepherd of the Hills, Edina MN

Shepherd of the Hills, a growing, community-focused congregation is seeking a children's choir director. Our Elementary age students gather on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 for 30min of art followed by 30min of music. The hour-long program is called, "WAM" (Worship, Art, Music). In addition to Wednesday evenings the kids choir is scheduled to offer a musical piece in worship on

Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Daniel Nelson

Conflict with an Internship Supervisor: Learning and Growing Nonetheless

Perhaps you are now finding yourself in a relationship that is tense. Whether you are an intern or a supervisor, there are very real challenges when the visions of two people called to preach the Gospel of Christ do not match up. What do we do with the dissonance and hurt that comes with a shattering of expectations of a year in ministry together?

My supervisor left just after the mid-point of my internship. He prepared me

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.

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.

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

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 in

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.

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

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

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