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CPL Site List

Important note: The following listing includes Christian Public Leader mentor sites for Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students from Fall 2014. New sites for Fall 2015 will be posted in mid-August.

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[SITE FULL] Valley of Peace Lutheran Church

Address:4735 Bassett Creek Drive

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Someone who is very collaborative and takes initiative. A progressive heart. We don't have a set project in mind so someone who can discern that with us: Engage the many young families that are coming in the door/Young adult work/Public discipleship. Possibilities!
How many students have you worked with in the past:Many
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:0
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:1
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:2 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:One year would be best as it allows for ramp up and full engagement. One semester doesn't even allow the student time to be known and to know anyone.

Site Information - [THIS SITE IS FULL]

Site keywords:Church that is just leaning into its public voice and stretching beyond local ministry. Moving toward RIC and public engagement in social justice. Growing number of young families.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Building disciples, not members. Rethinking what it is to be church while maintaining a strong history of worship and education. Moving beyond charity/service into systemic change.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Nearly 60 years old with classic boom time in the 60/70s. Many charter members with a vision for the next generation of the church. First ring suburb that doesn't act like one. Solidly middle class.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:How to help a congregation grow in to public leadership. How to shape a new generation of disciples who love God but aren't so sure about the church of their parents! How to live faith in a way that has an impact on the community/world.

Mentor Information: Chris Bellefeuille

Current position:Pastor (Solo)
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Concordia College '82. Luther Sem '03. Second career pastor so a range of experiences both life and professional. This is my second call. I also serve as conference Dean and as an Area Mission Strategist for the synod. I regularly attend the bishop's theological conference, Festival of Homiletics and other learning events. As I grow in my own faith and leadership, I become increasing convicted that discipleship really does boil down to loving God and loving neighbor. That is expressed both in the traditional marks of discipleship (worship, prayer, bible reading, financial giving and service) as well as in working collaboratively to impact the lives of people in our community. Discipleship is less about personal piety and more about how we live in love of God and care for neighbor: other members, our family, the people next door, those we don't understand and certainly those who are not treated equitably.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian public leadership means not isolating ourselves to the service of a single congregation's people and ministries. I see a Christian public leader as one who empowers a congregation to service in the world and who recognizes the possibilities for public voice inherent in the call to church ministry. I prefer a collaborative style and certainly prefer not to "hound dog" or micromanage the student. I am a strong communicator and leader and general trust people to do their jobs. I am open to regular meetings/1-1s with the student (and keep an open door policy) with the idea that the student would then be free to work as suits their gifts and our mutually agreed upon goals. I think my staff would say I am very approachable and easy to get along with. AND I do expect others to keep their commitments.