Ministry in Context

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On May 8-9, about 25 new internship supervisors gathered at Luther Seminary for an orientation to their role as they prepare to mentor students through internship in the coming year.

Pastors Marda Messick (St. Stephen’s, Tallahassee, Fla.), Heather Culuris (Kenyon Area Internship Committee, Minn.) and Marta Poling-Goldenne (New Song, Anthem, Nev.) enjoy a smile at the New Supervisors Orientation.

Pastors Howie Skulstad (Bethany, Minneapolis, Minn.) and Bob Lindstrand (Advent, Anoka, Minn.)

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Walk slowly and never look busy

By Steve Arnold

When I look busy I communicate that I don’t have time for a person. When I look busy I put up walls and barriers rather than communicate a sense of welcome.I recently saw a sign that said, “People who are always in a hurry work out of a sense of oppression rather than a sense of call.” This is a strong statement, and as I ponder the statement I believe it to be true.

I have been in diaconal ministry for 42 years, and for 25 of those years I was tasked with preparing

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Queen of the Canned Goods

During Minnesota Foodshare month in March, Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul joined in friendly competition with St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, also in West St. Paul, to see which congregation could raise the most food.

Just to spice things up a little more, Augustana Intern Ingrid Arneson Rasmussen suggested a competition between the pastors of Augustana to see which one of them could get the most food donated in their name. So it was Team Mark (for Pastor Mark Aune) against Team

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One more Spring Cluster

Washington Cluster: Tues., May 15, 2012, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Lutheran of Richmond Beach, Shoreline, Wash. (Julie Josund)

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Photo Album

Oregon and Southwest, WA interns and supervisors playing up the stereotype of Oregon weather at Spring Cluster Retreat. Front row: Laura Stephenson, PLTS; Youngshim Mason, Wartburg; Pr. Dorthy Nielson; Pr. Chris Kramer, Pr. Jon Strasman; Pr. Chris Nolte; Pr. Tom Dodd. Back row: Rebecca Ajer, LSTC; Ray McKechnie, Wartburg, Elizabeth Damico, LS; Stacey Siebrasse, PLTS; Pr. Mike O’Berg

 

Interns Amanda Schultz and Felix Malpica visit with Pastor Roy Satre at the Southeastern Minnesota

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Meeting Gustav Adolph Anderson

By Ben Hilding

Internship is a year to “try on the shoes” of being a pastor within a specific congregation. At the halfway point of my internship at Edmonds Lutheran Church in the Pacific Northwest, I have to admit that perhaps one of my greatest learning experiences has not happened within my internship site at all. Approximately three weeks before internship began, my grandmother informed my wife and me that we were not, in fact, the first people from our family history to spend time

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Systems Theory class


Julie Josund is leading a class on Family Systems theory this internship year. Participants shown are (from left): Malcolm Brown, Matt Maas, Julie Josund, Alicia Hilding, Ben Hilding.

The Sorting

All kidding aside, the annual internship placement meeting of the Contextual Learning staff does not involve a magic Sorting Hat, or the throwing of darts on a map. The staff is sequestered for three days to carefully consider the needs of students and sites, and to optimize the placements

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Spring Cluster Meetings

While these gatherings are still a few months away, it is a good idea to get them on your calendar now!

Oregon/Vancouver Cluster: Apr. 10-11 at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: Thurs., Apr. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Our Savior's, Rochester, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Minnesota Concurrent Interns: Tues., Apr. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Luther Seminary (Steve McKinley)

Twin Cities West: Thurs., Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Prairie Lutheran, Eden Prairie, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

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Lay Committee at the Mid-Point

Having completed the mid-point 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.  Whether you did

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Don't be late for church

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11.  If you are one of our perfectionist interns, you will set your alarm clock for 2 a.m. when you go to bed on Saturday night, then wake up and push the proper buttons to set the clock ahead one hour.  If you are a normal productive intern, you will set the clock ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. 

If you are one of those I-do-my-best-work-at-the-last-minute (meaning I-only-work-at-the-last-minute) types, you might still be

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