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CPL Site List

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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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran

Address:2742 15th Ave S.

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:St. Paul's is a dynamic bilingual, multicultural church in the midst of the youngest and most diverse neighborhood in Minnesota. Spanish language is a plus, but not required. Initiative, creativity and vision are what we need most.
How many students have you worked with in the past:19
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:2
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:In order to build relationships in the congregation and community and to understand community dynamics, you need time. Deepening of engagement enables ministry to flourish.

Site Information

Site keywords:multicultural, bilingual, outreach, arts, youth
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We were started by Swedish immigrants in 1887, and now are majority immigrants from Latin America. We use arts and youth programs to connect with our neighborhood and make a difference.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Almost 127 years ago, 12 people had a vision for a new place of welcome in south Minneapolis. We're continuing that now in a radically different context. The vision we're living into at present can be summed up as: "Nurturing God's disciples, planting love and faith in the community." We try to develop leaders through an action/reflection model, trying new things, and celebrating--a lot.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Preaching, praying, leading worship, door-to-door and asset based evangelism, youth work, using the arts to inspire. Power, poverty and immigration are big issues, as is exploring spirituality in our context. We have lots of young families, an arts program that has taught over 1800 people and produced 20 murals. We host a free clinic and 5 12-step groups. We don't have enough money or volunteers, and the work is challenging but fulfilling.

Mentor Information: Patrick Cabello Hansel

Current position:Co-pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Graduate of St. Olaf and Christ Seminary Seminex. I read a lot, in a lot of fields, am part of a support and accountability group, go to trainings and conferences when I can. My wife, Luisa and I were called by St. Paul's in 2005 to re-root the congregation in its community and reach out to the growing Latino community. My goals are simply to use my gifts and talents to inspire, encourage and equip others to be flavorful disciples. I was raised a Roman Catholic, went to Mass every day, loved the mystics even as a child, became an atheist in high school, went through a conversion while working with the poor in Chicago, and ended up working with Mark Hanson my senior year in college in his first parish. I am also a poet and fiction writer, and find solace and courage there.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I don't know if I can define it, but in a nutshell it would be living Micah 6:8 and encouraging others to do. I thrived with supervision where we held each other accountable, and were honest about our struggles. I prefer to give a lot of responsibility to mentees, expect a lot from each other and talk and pray collegially.