Ministry in Context

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.)

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Figuring out a new place

My wife, Nancy, and I are in China as I write this. We were on a tour of the China highlights with a group and are now visiting with my sister and brother-in-law, who have lived in China for the past five years. Along the way we visited with a friend who has taught for a few years at a university in Shanghai. All in all, we are having a delightful experience. We are constantly trying to figure out local patterns, customs, histories, purposes and appropriate behaviors. It's not simple, but it's interesting

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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

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Documents Due

As October becomes November, certain documents pertaining to internship are either due for completion or soon will be.

Learning Goals are due by the end of the second month of internship which, for most interns, means the end of October. Learning Goals are broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary. These goals (ideally 3-5) are then fleshed out with objectives, which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal. Those objectives should be:      

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God's peculiar people

More intelligent people than yours truly might pick out a little Heidegger for leisure reading, but I go for things like the thrillers penned by John Sandford. I’ve read them all.

One of the pleasures of Sandford is that he is Minnesota-centric, with most of the crimes he deals with taking place in the Twin Cities or “Greater Minnesota.” In one of his books some of the action took place about a block from where I really live.

Of course another of the pleasures is in thinking along

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Photo Album

Oregon/Vancouver Cluster

Row 1: Pr. Mike O’Berg, Ray McKechnie-Wartburg, Pr. Tom Dodd, Pr. Chris Kramer, Elizabeth Damico-Luther, Stacey Siebrasse-PLTS
Row 2: Youghshim Mason-Wartburg, Rebecca Ajer-LSTC, Matthew Anderson-LSTC, Pr. Chris Nolte
Back row: Laura Stephenson-PLTS, Pr. Dorthy Nielsen, Pr. Jon Strasman, Pr. Jim Stender

 

Southwestern MN and South Dakota Cluster

Interns Jason Darty (Southern Seminary), Bailey Landa, Anthony Christoffels, Stephanie Christoffels, and Lisa Konzen

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The ideal and the real

I have a good friend who has been in my life since elementary school. When we first met, we each thought the other was wonderful. We didn’t know about BFF back then, so we swore to be “blood brothers.”

Then I remember the fight in our backyard; we both began mad and ended up bloody. I don’t remember what triggered it, but the initial “wonderfulness” had clearly worn off. We no longer thought the other was perfect. Eventually we worked through it, and (with some

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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.”

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Stay on your side of the net

“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

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Internship reflections

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

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