Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Upcoming Internship Deadlines

Internship application deadlines are coming up fast!

Internship applications for students were due October 21. Please submit your application soon if you have not already done so!

Domestic and International Horizon application materials are due to the office of Contextual Learning by October 31. Please click here for more information:

The office of Contextual Learning will be hosting our first round of interviews with students

Internship Cluster Meetings

Cluster meetings are nearly over!

Twin Cities West Metro: October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley) 

Washington-Alaska-Montana Cluster: October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley) 

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota: October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen) 

Southwestern Minnesota:

Teaching Congregations Updates

All Teaching Congregations paperwork was due October 16!

If you have not submitted your Learning Agreement for this year, please email that to as soon as you are able.

Clinical Pastoral Education Updates

Our CPE Q & A sessions are now over; get your ACPE applications in by Thanksgiving!

We are now finished hosting CPE Q & A sessions. Best of luck to all of you as you prepare your CPE applications. Getting them finished by Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb; don't hesitate to reach out to for help.

Cross-Cultural Education Opportunities

New cross-cultural experiences are now available!

Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?

Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences:

Director's Word

Not Quite a Pastor

A number of conversations--both with interns finishing and beginning their experience--pushed me to write down some questions about how we negotiate the tensions around interns presiding at the sacraments. I am increasingly sure we’re unhelpfully confused on this issue, and I’d like to just try out my thinking for your deliberation and response. 


First, two stories about how this came to the front burner for me. One intern, just getting started, wrote

Welcoming Otherness, Redignifying the Heart

“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything—other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.” – Mary Oliver, “Staying Alive,” The West Wind (1995)

Welcome to the newest issue of Ministry in Context! I’m excited to

On Gorillas and Flamingos

The church is big enough for both gorilla and flamingo fans.

In late August Mrs. McKinley and I took our 3 ½ year old granddaughter to the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul.  It was Eliza’s first visit, but she had heard about the place from her older brother.

From the beginning our agendas were not in perfect harmony.  As veteran zoo-goers, Pat and I were excited to show Eliza the various animals on display: the gorillas, the lions, the giraffes, the zebras, the bison, etc.; and

Blessing for a New Position

May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the

Internship Information Sessions and Cluster Meetings

Attend one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions!

Curious about the internship and endorsement process? We can help! Stop by one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions for a one-stop-shop!

- Monday October 7 at 4:30pm at NW Aud
- Tuesday October 8 at 6:00pm at NW Aud

If you can't attend, we will be preparing a recording from the event that we can send to you! Please contact us at to get on this list. See you there!

Cluster meetings