Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity in Nicaragua

In May 2014, Concordia College is hosting a 21-day Justice Journey to Nicaragua during which students will learn and work alongside the award-winning non-profit Lutheran World Relief. The program will begin with 3 days of language learning and group building at Concordia Language Villages. Students will then experience day visits to cocoa, coffee, and other working cooperatives; service-learning opportunities; homestays with eco-tourism emphases; guided reflections on poverty, sustainability, and

Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Rufus Kudee

Rufus grew up in Liberia, became a refugee during Liberia's political unrest, and lived in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Today, he is a Luther Seminary MDiv and serves as the Intern Pastor at Como Park Lutheran with Pastor Martin Ericson. In this column, Rufus shares his experiences interning in a culturally unfamiliar context.

I see my internship as an opportunity for me and the Church for us to get to know each other, understand each other,

Clinical Pastoral Education: New CPE Unit Available in Burnsville, Edina, and Minneapolis

A new CPE unit is now available!

Take one class this Spring and complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education during the Spring Semester!

Fairview CPE is offering three options for the Spring Semester CPE:

1. Fairview Ridges/Ebenezer Ridges (Burnsville)
2. Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina)/Ebenezer Minneapolis campus
3. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis)

All programs will begin orientation during the week of January 27 and be completed by May 23.  Students

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

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.

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

Saying Good-bye

Every year at the Spring Cluster Meetings we have a discussion about saying good-bye to the internship congregation. 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

Registration for 2013-14

In response to a number of questions received from cluster meetings, we report this from the Registrar’s Office:

 The course schedules for the 2013-2014 academic year will be made available in early May 2013. Once spring semester grades have been received, reclassification of all students will occur (in June). Registration by class status for Fall Semester 2013 will begin July 9, 2013.