Christian Public Leader

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER?

Christian Public Leader is a short-term, part-time contextual education placement. Here, students can explore academic and theological questions in a real-world environment in dialog with contextual site educators. This program partners effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation- or community-based organization. Additionally, with this context as their primary conversation partner, students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership, and develop their own leadership practices. As brief, part-time mentorship experiences, Christian Public Leader placements help students:

  • Integrate academic and theological questions in a real-world way, generally alongside Luther Seminary coursework.
  • Engage the guidance of a Christian public leader and develop themselves as Christian public leaders for the future.
  • Encounter the daily struggles and joys of life at a congregation or faith-based organization.
  • Experiment with putting social and ethical commitments into practice through real-life projects.
  • Develop the interpersonal, planning, execution, and assessment skills that are critical aspects of other required Contextual Learning courses, such as Clinical Pastoral Education and Internship.

Please read the following sections for information on how to participate in this program!

EXPECTATIONS AND OUTCOMES

For Expectations and Outcomes of the program, please click the links on the sidebar on the left. The sidebar also includes Mentor CPL Application Forms, the Site List, the Student Preference Forms and information about the matching process, Learning Agreements, and Reflective Assessments. For an overview of how to participate in the program, "How Do I Participate in Christian Public Leader? - For Mentors" and "How Do I Participate in Christian Public Leader? - For Students" can be found below.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER? - FOR MENTORS

There are two versions of the Christian Public Leader program. One version is offered for our MDiv candidates. The other version is offered for our MA candidates in Congregation and Missional Leadership, Children Youth and Family, and Congregation and Community Care concentrations.

The MDiv version (FE 0525) is offered as a 0.5-credit elective course each Fall and Spring semester. For most MDiv students, these elective courses will serve as practice for later contextual placements, including Clinical Pastoral Education and the Internship experience.

If you would like to become part of the CPL program for MDiv students, please contact Contextual Learning by Thursday July 31, 2014. In early August, we will be contacting interested mentor pastors with the new Mentor Christian Public Leader Site Profile Form, along with details about the improved placement process and inaugural launch event on Sept. 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please stop by the office of Contextual Learning, call us at 651-641-3266 or email contextuallearning@luthersem.edu!

The MA version (FE 0521 - FE 0524) is a 2.0-credit four-semester course series. For most MA students, this course series will serve as the robust internship experience for the duration of their concentration of study.

If you would like to become part of the CPL program for MA students (for example, if you have a particular focus on youth work), please contact Contextual Learning Associate Tim Coltvet by Tuesday June 10, 2014. You can reach Tim at tcoltvet001@luthersem.edu.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER? - FOR STUDENTS

MDiv students: Please review your degree plan to determine whether taking CPL is right for you. If you want to explore academic and theological questions in a context, if you’re taking coursework that requires you to work on projects in a context, or if your candidacy committee requires you to participate in a context for a semester or more, then this course is definitely for you!
  • Jul. 15: Registration opens. Please register for FE 0525 by the end of July for the best selection of CPL placements!
  • Aug. 15: Mentor Christian Public Leader Site Profile Forms are due.
  • Aug. 18: The complete list of CPL sites is posted online for you to review.
  • Aug. 18-Sept. 5: Students must call and visit available CPL sites.
  • Sept. 8: Students must submit CPL placement preferences to Contextual Learning.
  • Sept. 10: All CPL students and mentors are notified of placements for the semester.
  • Sept. 12: All CPL students and mentors in both M.A. and M.Div. programs join together for the required CPL launch, held both in-person and online!

MA students:

  • Jul. 10: Incoming students receive welcome email from Tim Coltvet with overview of contextual placement opportunities, site possibilities, and other preparations for contextual learning placement in the Fall 2014.
  • Jul. 15: Registration opens. New students register for FE 0521 for first semester! Current students (or those transferring to new curriculum) register for appropriate course in series (FE0522, 0523, or 0524).
  • Jul. 22: Submit preferences and resumes to Tim Coltvet at Contextual Learning with student contextual preference form.
  • Aug. 18 - Sept. 12: Interviewing and/or communicating with potential sites.
  • Sept. 12: All CPL students and mentors in both M.A. and M.Div. programs join together for the required CPL launch, held both in-person and online!

LOOKING FOR TEACHING CONGREGATIONS?

Teaching Congregations transitioned to Christian Public Leader at the end of the 2013 – 2014 academic year. In 2014 - 2015, Teaching Congregations will be offered only to students completing their graduation requirements as per the distributive curriculum. This will remain a non-credit degree requirement. Students and supervisors should be in touch with Contextual Learning at contextuallearning@luthersem.edu.