Ministry in Context

Consultation on concurrent internship

Historically concurrent internships (half time internships lasting 21 months) have been rare, with only two or three underway at any time. However, as we look at the present and the future, we see concurrents becoming more common to accommodate the diverse situations and needs of both students and congregations. Recently members of the Contextual Leadership staff gathered with a small group of current concurrent interns and supervisors to discuss

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New supervisor training

Now that internship placements for 2011-12 have been made, the Contextual Learning staff will welcome new supervisors to Luther's campus May 10-11. During the event we will learn both about the art and mechanics of supervising an intern.

We will begin with chapel on Tuesday, as Rick Foss and former Contextual Learning interim director, Gary Wilkerson, will lead worship and a rite of sending for interns and others going out into new ministries.

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So what do pastors do?

When our children were young they all enjoyed one of those delightfully intricate Richard Scarry books, What Do People Do All Day? This book introduced them to the great spectrum of work done inside and outside the home every day. My grandchildren are about ready for it now.

I sometimes think that the first question to be answered on internship is, "What do pastors do all day?" The average person might be a faithful participant in the life of a congregation,

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Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster: May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minn. (Rick Foss)

Southeastern Minnesota Cluster: May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Twin Cities Metro East Cluster: May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Augustana Lutheran Church, West St.

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Photo Album

Interns and Pastors at the Oregon-Vancouver, WA Cluster gather with Oregon Synod Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke: Front row: Jim Stender, Tom Dodds, Julie Josund-LS, Donna Duensing-PLTS, Chris Kramer. Back row: Doug Dobson, Vallory Williams, Angela Nelson, Jeremiah, Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Scott, Jon Strasman, Eric Hoffer, Kristen Rice, Chris Nolte.

 

Arizona cluster meeting 4/5/2011 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Gold Canyon: Back row: Pastor Mark Halvorson, Pastor Mark

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The simplicity of Easter

Easter is not a simple time for a pastor. I've been reflecting a bit on how complicated this high holy day, the Resurrection of our Lord, can be for pastors.

My first Easter Sunday sermon was the longest sermon I've ever preached (except for a worship service in our companion synod in the Central African Republic, where long sermons are required). It lasted more than half an hour, because I felt compelled to say everything possible to those who showed

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A preview of your first call?

by Katie Jerebek

Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. is a very large congregation, averaging over 2200 worshipers each week. Hope is also the host for a unique brand of internship. Two interns, anchored at Hope, also serve rural/small town congregations and a nursing home. The interns spend 80% of their time in their "dispersed" settings, and 20% of their time at Hope. Pastor Mike Toomey of Hope is their supervisor. One of the interns, Scott Fielder, serves at

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Preparing "the final paragraph"

It seems like you just got finished with the mid-year evaluation (that is finished and submitted, isn't it?), and now Easter is at hand and then the program year begins winding down and the end of an internship is in sight. As the last few weeks or months of internship approach, all of you interns, supervisors, and lay committee members will turn your attention to the final—and most important—evaluation.

Similar to the other evaluations, the final internship

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Save the trees!

The CL office is running out of file space—and you can help! Once you've submitted your mid-year and final evaluations online, all we need from you are the signed signature pages that accompany them. There's no need for you to print and submit the entire evaluation form; we can access that portion online ourselves. So please think of our files (and consider the trees) when you go to print your evaluations—and just go for the signature pages!

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Your biggest mistake

My friend Jack was an engineer for a major firm in the aeronautical field, and no slouch at that. He was one of the designers of the original lunar landing module. Later he was involved with the design of a massive maintenance facility for the Saudi Arabian Air Force. Jack and his colleagues put in massive amounts of time planning for the facility, and traveling back and forth to the Middle East. The process took years, with no final commitments and no final results.

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