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The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Address:924 E. 21st Street

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Someone who is interested in Norway and know some Norwegian
How many students have you worked with in the past:1
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|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:Our main liturgy is conducted in Norwegian, but we also have a smaller English worship service most Sundays. It adds complexity to minister in a dual language congregation and it therefor would be helpful to have a student longer than one semester.

Site Information

Site keywords:Multicultural. We are in an American setting, but also seek inspiration for our work within the Church of Norway. Most of our work is done within the Norwegian American milieu in the Twin Cities, but we are in addition to this a church for many Norwegian groups and individuals who are visiting the Midwest. We also reach other parts of the Nordic American community, especially through the Leiv Eriksson International Festival which is held annually in September/October. We can offer a setting where a seminary student can learn more about how to do ministry in a different cultural setting than the mainstream American culture, and where a second language is involved. We are an ethnic congregation, and a congregation with much history. There is a strong emphasis on quality music, so a potential student will also be able to learn from our capable organist and choir director. Again our music is reflective of our cultural heritage. Our new focus in 2015/2016 is younger families and their children as we this summer hired a part-time Youth Ministry Director. We want to offer more programming to this demographic. We are also planning to grow our English Worship attendance, and are working to find out the most effective way to do this. This part of our ministry also need to connect with our Norwegian American profile.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We are fist and foremost a worshipping community, but we are also a cultural institution serving mainly the Norwegian American Community in the Twin Cities and groups/individuals from Norway who visit the Twin Cities. We have a lot of visitors.
Please tell us a bit about your site:The congregation was started in 1922 with the mandate to conduct worship services in Norwegian as long as anyone would care to come to them. We have been true to this mandate ever since as one of only two such congregations in the US.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Students can learn about how faith is formed by cultural heritage, but also transcends it. It is a good training ground for reaching other ethnic groups in the US. People are eager to seek their roots. Challenge to stay contemporary and not be stuck in the past.

Mentor Information: Kristin Sundt

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I have a M. Div from Methesco in Ohio and a M.R.E degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. I sought my current position as I am a native Norwegian and only came to the US as an adult. My mother tongue is Norwegian. I hold a lot of expertise in holding on to the culture of my homeland while also living in the US. I believe in lifelong learning and hope to take a sabbatical in a couple of years time if the funding become available. I additionally participate in Continuing Education events both in the US and in Norway.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I believe in sharing experience from ministry and learn from these experiences. Debrief events that have taken place and learn from them. Be open about joys and difficulties being a pastor. We will have regular times to meet where we share what has happened since we last met. It is important for students to learn about the complexity of human interaction and expression. To be an effective pastor you have to be willing to share and learn from other pastors.