|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.