Ministry in Context

Lay Committee: Welcoming the new intern

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.

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

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

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Appreciate the moment!

Funny how things sometimes flow together.

There I was at my desk. I had just read a review of a local performance of one of the great old classic plays of the American theater, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The dramatic nexus of that play comes when Emily Webb, dead far too soon after her marriage, is given the chance to return to earth to relive one day of the life now ended. She chooses her 12 th birthday, but is quickly frustrated by her inability to break through the routine-ness of everyday life

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Good words from a bishop

 “We are really feeling good about the recent seminary grads; you should know that.”

Such a comment is always welcome, of course. But the context of the comment was particularly encouraging. It came in the midst of a lengthy conversation I was having with one of our ELCA bishops, and the “we” he referenced was his bishop colleagues.

That does not mean everything is perfect. There may well be “other opinions.” Our conversation covered a lot of ground, including

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For interns returning to campus

The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, September 7th, 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

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Remember the evaluations

If you are completing your internship, please remember that you are not officially finished until all of your evaluations with signature pages have been turned in. The evaluations themselves can be completed and submitted online. The signature pages, however, must be in hard copy and turned in to the Contextual Learning office.

 

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On finding your way

Our vacation on the Maine coast was coming to an end, and we were planning our trip back to the Manchester, N.H., airport. After gorging ourselves for a few days on seafood we were ready for something different and settled on Friendly's, a chain of ice cream and sandwich shops that was a favorite of ours when we lived in that part of the country. I looked up Friendly's in the phone book, found one in Portsmouth, N.H., and plugged the address into the GPS.

Sure enough, the GPS ("Garmanda," we call

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On the move

"Follow me." - Jesus

Every summer, many interns are literally on the move.

You are coming or going, heading out from seminary to your internship site, or back again to campus. It's a hassle, but it's worth it.

I'm always a little bit sympathetic to the logistical demands of these moves, remembering similar ones of my own. I remember when Nancy and I, newly married, left St. Paul for internship in Kalispell, Montana. That was the first of many moves in response to the call to ministry. When we

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When is internship over?

You in the back row…when is internship over?

    When you give your last sermon in the internship congregation.

Wrong. Over by the windows, what do you think?

    When the congregation has its farewell party.

Sorry. You in the front, sticking your hand up and jumping up and down.

    When you move back to campus.

Wrong. Anybody else want to try?

I didn’t think so. Here is the correct answer. Internship is over when all of your evaluation forms have

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Saying Goodbye

At the closing cluster meetings each year, we discuss saying goodbye. This is the advice given to interns at that time. Supervisors hear all of this, but lay committees might find this advice helpful.

1. Talk openly about leaving and your feelings about it.

2. Accept invitations out, even if they were not offered before.

3. Pay outstanding debts in the community.

4. Have a farewell celebration -- accept gifts graciously.

5. Take time to say individual good-byes to special people, one-on-one, before the

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