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[SITE FULL] First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights

Address:1555 40th Ave. NE

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Any student who is interested in learning more about practical ministry in our urban ministry setting.
How many students have you worked with in the past:5
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:This would provide the student with time to become acquainted with people in our faith community and build relationships. They would also benefit from observing the rhythm of the entire church year.

Site Information - [THIS SITE IS FULL]

Site keywords:traditional ministry multicultural ministry active laity women in ministry
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:This is a 100 year old Norwegian Lutheran congregation that is working at reaching out to its changing neighborhood with the Gospel. Successful ministry has included an active After School program.
Please tell us a bit about your site:This congregation was started over 100 years ago by three Augsburg College women who began a Sunday School in Columbia Heights.
Our present strategic plan directs us to increasingly meet the needs of families and young adults.
The congregation has a history of welcoming seminary students and being receptive of their ministry.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Students would have exposure to a diverse population. Students would be given opportunities to lead forums and studies on topics of their choice. We have a concern for the growing gap between whites and minorities. We have a long history of excellence in music. We continue to struggle to meet the needs of our community. Students will have the opportunity to observe pastoral collegiality.

Mentor Information: Thomas Carlson

Current position:Senior Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:California Lutheran Bible School
Bethel College, St. Paul
Luther Seminary, St. Paul
Festival of Homiletics, Bishop's Theological Conference, St. Andrews University (NT Wright)
I am privileged to serve as a parish pastor, dealing with a variety of people and spiritual needs.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I enjoy working with students who feel called to leadership in the church. I like to allow students to work independently, while providing input and feedback.