Ministry in Context

Your Own Reality Show

There is usually nothing overtly thrilling about the day to day life of the average pastor or intern, unless your threshold of thrilling is low enough to include committee meetings.  But every now and then...

I got an e-mail the other day urging me to buy a particular book.  I haven’t done it yet, but I might.

The book is a thriller about a Lutheran pastor.  The blurb in the e-mail describes the central character as “a Lutheran minister with a past quite different from

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Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Daniel Nelson

Conflict with an Internship Supervisor: Learning and Growing Nonetheless

Perhaps you are now finding yourself in a relationship that is tense. Whether you are an intern or a supervisor, there are very real challenges when the visions of two people called to preach the Gospel of Christ do not match up. What do we do with the dissonance and hurt that comes with a shattering of expectations of a year in ministry together?

My supervisor left just after the mid-point of my internship. He prepared me

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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: http://www2.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/horizon.asp

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

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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:

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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 contextuallearning@luthersem.edu as soon as you are able.

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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 contextuallearning@luthersem.edu for help.

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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: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671

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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

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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

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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

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