“Feedback.” This is a constant aspect of internship. Feedback from supervisor to intern, from intern to supervisor, from lay committee to intern, from intern to lay committee. Sometimes, unfortunately, feedback leads to hard feelings. Sometimes, even more unfortunately, the fear of hard feelings leads people to withhold important feedback.
In a recent “Corner Office” column from the Sunday
New York Times
business section, Adam Bryant interviewed Andrew Thompson, the
by Julie Wright
Shortly after I arrived at my internship, my grandfather died unexpectedly. In the midst of beginning a new and exciting internship experience, I witnessed the death of such a dear man – someone who had loved and nurtured me my whole life. As he took his final breath, I held his hand, stroked his hair, marked the cross of Christ upon his brow, and spoke his name. Five days later, as we laid him to rest, I had the great honor of preaching at his funeral and co-officiating at
I had some business to transact with a large corporation and, reverting to my dinosaur ways, chose to do it by telephone rather than on-line. While I had dealt with this business for several years, I had never created an electronic relationship with them, and doing so at this time—when I was dropping their service—seemed like more trouble than it was worth. So I called.
You know the drill. “Please listen carefully, for the options have changed.” So I listened. And pushed
Tues., Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd, Minn. (Rick Foss)
Tues., Oct. 4-5, Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, Wash. (Julie Josund)
Thurs., Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N. D. (Rick Foss)
Twin Cities East:
Tues., Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Como Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. (Steve McKinley)
Oct. 11-12, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)
Twin Cities West: …
Former Deployed Internship Associate Sherwood Glover (right) and his wife Jeanne paid a recent visit to the Contextual Learning office during a driving tour around the country. They are pictured with CL Director Rick Foss.
Brad Doty, Chase Smith, Courtney Young and Beth Krolak talk about their internship experiences during the senior de-briefing and launch event in early September.
Scott Simmons, Michelle deBeauchamp, and Mary Sue Dreier share a laugh during the de-briefing
September! For many, September marks the beginning of a new academic year or a new internship adventure. It is a time of some trepidation and a time of great excitement and hope.
Hope. Hope is one of those words that can be understood in so many ways. Some confuse it with wishful thinking. But for a Christian, hope is the response to God’s promises in Jesus Christ. Hope is our response to a God who loves us, wants us to experience deep and abundant life and claims us as beloved children. Hope
It’s the point in the year at which many internships are starting up. This is thrilling for the intern, the supervisor, and the congregation. That excitement is reflected in a letter we received recently from Pastor Phil Gardner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sandusky, Ohio.
"I am pleased to report that Sharon Brown is on board and getting much more than just her feet wet. Her first official responsibility among us was on Sunday when she participated in the annual blessing of book bags as
The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 7, the second day of classes. The day’s chapel service will call attention to the fact that you and your intern colleagues have returned from internship to begin the "final launch phase" of your seminary training.
In the afternoon, we will host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we will move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5 p.m.
It's time to welcome a new intern in your congregation, and you're looking at the
guidelines for the Lay Committee's work
. There are a lot of things you can be doing to help your new intern (possibly with a family) feel at home and prepare for the coming year.
Take a look online at our
Lay Committee Guide
. You will find suggestions for welcoming your intern, as well as ideas for working with your intern from month to month, enabling you to help the intern be successful during the upcoming year.
Like it or not, deadlines just keep following you around!
If you have completed your internship
, well, you have not really completed it until we have your Project Report, your final evaluations and your signature pages. The Project Report and evaluations can all be done online, but we need to have hard copies of the final evaluations from yourself, your supervisor and your lay committee.
If, on the other hand,
you are just getting started on internship
, it is not too soon to be thinking about your