Ministry in Context

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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

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)

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

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

Save the Trees!

The CL office is running out of file space—and you can help! Once you have submitted your mid-year and final evaluations online, all we need from you are the signed signature pages that accompany them. There is no need for you to print and submit the entire evaluation form; we can access that portion online ourselves. So please think of our files (and consider the trees) when you go to print your evaluations—and just go for the signature pages!

For the lay committee: Evaluation coming

Within the next two months most of our internships will reach the halfway mark. When six months of internship are completed, the lay committee is invited to join with the supervisor and the intern in completing an evaluation. Planning for that evaluation might well begin in January.

First of all, look up the evaluation questions on our website.

This will give you an overview of the task ahead. Review the questions together as a committee. If there are topics no one on the committee has knowledge

For the Lay Committee: Thinking about the holidays

Here we are in Advent, that hectic and joyous time. We celebrate Christmas as families gather for gala celebrations, festive meals and traditional activities. That is great.

But for some interns, this could be a hard time. Some interns might not be going home for Christmas for the first time. They will be missing out on things they have always done and the people they have always enjoyed these holidays with. If the intern has a family, the intern’s spouse will be going through the same kind

The Morning Report

If you have seen “The Lion King” (and we hope you have!) you might remember that delightful little song called “The Morning Report,” in which Zazu, the red-billed hornbill who serves as eyes and ears for King Mufasa, comes before the king to give an account of what has happened in Mufasa’s kingdom in the last 24 hours.

    Chimps are going ape, giraffes remain above it all
    Elephants remember, though just what I can't recall
   

Photo album

Washington/Alaska cluster
North Bend, Wash.  Oct. 2011

Back row: Pr. Jim Johnson, Kari Lipke, Pr. John Bjorge, Pr. Jon Nelson, Anders Peterson, Ben Hilding.
Middle row: Pr. Carol Jensen, Mandy Brobst-Renaud, Pr. Paul Palumbo, Pr. Scott Fuller.
Front row: Alicia Hilding, Gina Herman, Julie McCain, Annette Andrews-Lux, Julie Josund, Joe Skogmo.
(Taking the photo: Pr. Paul Hoffman.)

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