Ministry in Context

Learning Goals and Project Proposals

Most interns should be at work now on their Learning Goals and Project Proposal. These are forms due to be submitted by the end of the second month of internship. Supervisors and Lay Committee should be expecting to talk with the intern about the forms.

Learning Goals are broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary. These goals (ideally 3-5) are then joined to objectives which are mini-goals which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal. Those objectives should

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Stay on your side of the net

Feedback 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 “Corner Office” column from the Sunday New York Times business section, Adam Bryant interviewed Andrew Thompson, the CEO of Proteus, a biomedical

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Everybody loved it ... Not!

Pat and I are not huge movie-goers, but I had read a number of enthusiastic reviews for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and the trailer caught my interest, so one day this summer we packed ourselves off to a matinee. I am admittedly obsessive about getting places on time or, ideally, early, so we were there to see all the pre-movie ads that flash up on the screen while you are finding your seat and opening the popcorn.  As a matter of fact, we saw several of them twice. Then the standard

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Fall Cluster Meetings

As new internships get underway, interns and pastors should be planning to attend the appropriate cluster meeting. They are as follows:

Oregon–Vancouver, Wash.: Oct. 2-3, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Northern MinnesotaNorth Dakota: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Elim Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D. (Rick Foss) NOTE DATE CHANGE

Twin Cities West: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southeastern Minnesota: Oct. 30, 10

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On keeping it simple

It may be an apocryphal story, but I have loved it for so long that I don’t care. The story goes that Albert Einstein, teaching advanced mathematical concepts, would cover the classroom blackboard with arcane equations of all sorts. Each night the janitorial staff would clean the blackboard, except for one little corner. In that corner, Einstein had written “2+2=4” and then added the instruction, “Do not erase.”

It’s a simple image. But it is also a reminder that

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Facebook and the pastor/intern

Pastors and interns regularly deal with the question of how to make the best possible use of social media and defining the proper limits of the use of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Recently Pastor Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Penn., shared some good thoughts on this subject in his blog. Pastor Anderson is a good thinker on electronic media and ministry; we encourage you to check out this entry:

http://pastorkeithanderson.net/item/you-re-not-my-pastor

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Swimming in the deep

By Ingrid C.A. Rasmussen

During the 2011-12 year, Ingrid Rasmussen served her internship at Augustana in West St. Paul, Minn. Following the end of the internship she attended a writing workshop at St. John’s University and during that workshop she wrote the following reflection on internship:

Eleven months, two weeks, and six days ago, I parked my car, checked my fly, folded my alb over my arm, strolled into the building, greeted the caretaker, inquired about the secretary's weekend, prepared

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Learning the language

Some years ago one of my friends accepted a position teaching at a Lutheran seminary in Namibia. He found that many of the hymns of the Namibian church were Finnish in origin and were sometimes sung in Finnish, as were parts of the liturgy.

The Lutheran Church had been planted in Namibia in the 19th century by the Finns and was a product of that great missionary effort which brought Christianity to many places, but sometimes with the understanding that before the “natives” could learn

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Photo Album

Contextual Learning Deployed Ambassador for Cuteness, Annalies Messner, 3 months old, in her great-great grandpa's baptism gown.

 

Cheerio!

Intern Adam Butler got a cheerful send off from his congregation, Bethany Lutheran in Denver, Colo., with an in-gathering of breakfast cereal and other foodstuffs.

Bonus: Watch supervisor Pastor Ron Gluesenkamp's YouTube video, getting the word out about the plan to the good folks of Bethany.

 

Senior Launch Event, Sept. 5

Seniors returning

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What we learn after we know it all

As I write this, there are 350 people (mostly pastors) who are spending three days on campus at Luther Seminary as participants in the Rethinking Stewardship event.

It’s a good event. Chick Lane and the other organizers clearly did a superb job. The various presenters have met or exceeded expectations. The mood of the crowd is engaged and energized. (Not energized by rock-concert-crowd standards, but clearly energized.)

I’m grateful. Stewardship, including financial stewardship, is too

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