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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] Salem English Lutheran Church

Address:610 W. 28th Street

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We're especially well suited for students who will work well in a progressive situation, ecumenical setting, and transformational site. GLBTQ students are welcome here.
How many students have you worked with in the past:13
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:2 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:We are open to any length, but having had many students, this congregation really enjoys and values getting to know a student. More time, longevity, allows for a deeper connection and greater learning. One semester, one year, multiple years, we're open to any of these options.

Site Information - [THIS SITE IS FULL]

Site keywords:Transformational. Redevelopment. Holy Spirit. Ecumenical. Urban. Progressive. Partnerships. Prophetic. Old and New. Young Adults. Creative. Diversity. Imagination. Healthy.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:"We are a Spirit-led, welcoming, and bold Christian community, rooted in the neighborhood, striving to live faithfully in God's world." -That's our mission statement (2014) and it fits. We're about trying to "do" church and "be" the church in relevant and authentic ways in our neighborhood and community.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Salem English Lutheran Church began in 1890 as one of the first of its kind to speak English, the language of a new and even then diverse neighborhood on the fringe of downtown Minneapolis. There is still a strong sense that Salem seeks to do ministry that "speaks the language" of a constantly changing neighborhood. In the later 1950s, Salem was one of the largest congregations in the area; over the years the numbers dwindled and during the last 10 years, Salem has gone through dramatic change and Spirit-led transformation. Instead of closing its doors, Salem was open to much change that has led us to now be part of an ecumenical ministry called SpringHouse Ministry Center. Located in part of the shell of Salem's original building, creating the ministry center involved a huge renovation so that three congregations (Salem Lutheran, Lyndale United Church of Christ (UCC), and First Christian Church Disciples of Christ (DOC)) own it together, sharing a Sunday School, youth program, some justice ministry, fellowship time, some staff, and many other opportunities while still maintaining our denominational identity, history, and particular identity and ethos. The facility has three sanctuary spaces that the congregations rotate use of over a period of approximately 3 months. This is a unique congregation, smaller, urban, significant young adult ministry, relatively healthy leadership, and a new edge for how to be church in a new and creative way.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Being in a smaller congregation that is familiar with having students (a wonderfully eclectic cadre of students of many years, not all the same, not a cookie cutter) has some significant pluses (that's what our students tell me). The options are wide open and shaped by what you need to learn and what we can arrange together: worship participation and leadership, preaching, teaching (adults, youth, children), evening services, visitation (many different ages and settings), administration (congregational, and the interesting complexity of an ecumenical shared life), staffing, stewardship, justice and advocacy, neighborhood involvement, plenty more. Perhaps the thing that I find myself talking about most with students is pastoral identity: how are you understanding yourself to be a pastor in that situation or the other?

Mentor Information: Jen Nagel

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I went to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and then did my M.Div. at the University of Chicago-Divinity School. The Div School is across the street from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and I lived in their housing, took some classes at LSTC, and lived and learned in both settings. I have experience in interim ministry, transformational/redevelopment ministry, outdoor ministry, and global and ecumenical work (World Council of Churches, and work with ELCA Global Missions).

I've now been at Salem for 11 years; before that I spent two years at Central Lutheran in downtown Minneapolis doing ministry with homeless and low income folks, and earlier did a CPE residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. I am married to a woman, Jane, who is also a pastor (at First Congregational Church, UCC, near the U of M campus), so had a long road to being ordained. These 11 years at Salem have not been usual, as we did all the transformational work and spent 5 1/2 years "on the move" and out of our building, working on the ecumenical partnerships and redevelopment. I've learned a ton in this process and really come to trust the Spirit's creative ways in community and my need for a healthy sense of leadership. My theology is incarnational, relational, rooted in the promises of water and table that God is constantly renewing this broken and beautiful world, and us within it. I am a pastor, a community builder and organizer, a mom (two daughters 5 years old and 10 months old), a spouse, a lover of long walks and good food, and the changing seasons.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian Public Leadership fits my style and understanding of being both pastor and church in a public setting, constantly engaging the neighborhood and issues and world around us.

I enjoy meeting with students on a regular basis (whatever is expected and agreed upon, weekly, monthly, etc.) and balancing our conversation about the details of ministry they are practicing (writing a sermon, debriefing after teaching a class, preparing for a visit, etc.) and bigger questions of pastoral identity and the biblical and theological ground of all this. I'm comfortable doing ministry with students, going on a visit together, etc. I value working with students who are open to learning, and I find that I learn in this process, too. I'm a supervisor who listens well to what is going on for students; I'm not afraid to ask questions or engage the hard stuff; I can be playful and warm-spirited; I am organized (most of the time) and keep moving forward