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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] Abiding Savior Lutheran Church

Address:8211 Red Oak Drive
City:Mounds View

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We are looking for a Christian Public Leader eager to learn about parish ministry, especially the areas to which they have not yet been exposed.
How many students have you worked with in the past:3
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:3
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:The more they get to know the congregation, the more they will feel comfortable exploring ministry and stretching into new areas they have not experienced before. Also, the longer they are in the congregation, the more they are known and trusted by those they serve.

Site Information - [THIS SITE IS FULL]

Site keywords:Suburban neighborhood Local Outreach Tanzania Partnership Strong Stewardship Practices Many Volunteers Caring Environment Focus on Children Healthy, Vibrant Congregation
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Living in God’s love, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church is a welcoming and caring family that nurtures spiritual growth, shares our Christian faith, and serves all creation.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Abiding Savior began in 1939 meeting in a local home even before Mounds View was established. The first people built a church building in 1940 in the midst of the depression by working nights and weekends. That hard working mentality still exists as there are many people ready and willing to volunteer and do the work needing to be done. Abiding Savior is transitioning into a more missional way of doing church looking for new partnerships in the community and the greater Twin Cities. Currently, Abiding Savior has two members in seminary or candidacy and one just graduated. These students all receive help fromt he congregation and have been in positions of leadership and volunteering leading up to full time ministry. The people of the congregation are very loving, very nurturing, and very forgiving making this a good place to grow and learn for successes and failures in ministry.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Students at Abiding Savior have no limits on what they are able to explore in their time with us. They can learn about church administration, pastoral care, preaching, teaching, stewardship, visioning, human resources, communication, or any other aspect of church they feel they would like to explore. Abiding Savior is currently working in many ways to feed the people of this community and beyond. Food is always a major theme here. Abiding Savior is financially solvent, there is a high level of satisfaction in the congregation and a high level of participation. We are poised to do whatever God is calling us to do in the world. One challenge we are facing currently is moving beyond a maintenance church to a missional congregation. We are currently working to discern where God is calling us outside the walls of our congregation.

Mentor Information: Ryan Brodin

Current position:Senior Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Pastor Ryan Brodin came to Abiding Savior in August of 2009. He was born and raised in Anoka, Minnesota, where he was active in Zion Lutheran Church and many school activities including football, tennis, basketball, choir and theater. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He also has received his Certificate in Pastoral Leadership from Augsburg College. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Previously he had served as Co-Pastor of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Fridley, Minnesota.
As Senior Pastor, my role is first of all to preach and teach the gospel. Secondly, because I am not called to do everything in the church and quite frankly am not gifted in all areas of ministry, my role as Senior Pastor is to be sure that the staff and the volunteers have what they need to do ministry. This includes not only financial resources, although they are needed for success, but also structure to follow, volunteers available, and a strategic plan guiding our way. As a part of this role, I am the chief fund raiser, supervisor of the staff, motivator of volunteers, and the one to carry out the strategic plan of the Church Council.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian Public Leadership means that as pastors, we are not only leading our congregation when they are in our church, but teaching them how to be leaders in God's Kingdom out in their lives, their homes, and their workplaces which is where they spend their time. As public leaders, we need to be engaged in the world, not isolating ourselves from politics, grief, injustice, and cultural issues that arise.
For me, as a supervisor, I make myself available for questions and to help formulate a plan, but I am not a micro-manager. I expect those that I supervise to know what they are supposed to do and to do it. If they need help, they can ask me and I am more than willing to offer suggestions. However, I treat those I supervise as professionals and with respect. The same goes for students I have supervised. I assume they are here to learn and therefore will take advantage of the opportunity to practice and do "ministry" at Abiding Savior. WE have a lot of fun serving God together.