CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER SITE LIST

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Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Address:3115 Victoria St. N
City:Roseville
State:MN
Zip:55113-1935
Phone:6514841292
Web:www.lcrelca.org
Email:tbernard@lcrelca.org

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We are a congregation committed to fine worship, beautiful music, and social justice. Seminarians who want to grow in these areas would do well with us.
How many students have you worked with in the past:4 with me, but more with my predecessor
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:1, but she is on internship this year
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:While we would work with people any length of time, the church is about building relationships. It is difficult for members of the congregation to really get to know, and then nurture, seminary students if they are only here for a couple of months. This is a good place where people engage with the student personally and care for them deeply. You don't get that same level of care only being here a semester.

Site Information

Site keywords:Reconciling in Christ, steeped in liturgical rites and rituals, Biblical preaching, community of moral discernment, creation care, music ministries, impacting the community/world
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We are a Reconciling in Christ community committed to fine worship, beautiful music, caring for others… and a little frivolity, too! We take seriously our ministry and justice issues, but we do not take ourselves too seriously. We are a good, healthy place for seminarians to learn and grow to be good, competent leaders.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Resurrection is a first-ring suburb that began in 1947 when cities throughout the country started expanding after WWII. It was a LCMS congregation, but broke away in the mid-1970's with the Seminex protest on the issue of Biblical interpretation. It joined others in being an AELC congregation, which then joined the ALC and LCA in forming the ELCA. We have been known as a "thinking" congregation. We remain committed to the liturgical rights and rituals of the larger catholic church, but are seen as progressive on social issues. We became a Reconciling in Christ congregation in 2002, well before the ELCA's vote on human sexuality in 2009. We invest in our people, who grow up serving in many capacities in the wider church.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Worship - we can talk about why we do what we do and why it is good and healthy for a congregation. Justice - we are a community that is not opposed to discussing difficult, challenging issues and thinking about them theologically. Music - we have a number of ways we discuss the role music plays both in worship and in the life of the congregation. Caring ministries - opportunities to grow in issues of pastoral care.

Mentor Information: Timothy Bernard

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I attended Augsburg College, then transferred to Luther College graduating with Business Management and Psychology majors. I went to Wartburg Theological Seminary graduating in 1995. I served two congregations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, one a shared the solo call with my spouse, the other I spent 11 years as the associate pastor of a large congregation. I was called to Resurrection in 2010. I was instrumental in helping Lutheran World Relief branch out into Fair Trade with coffee. In 2005 I received a Sabbatical Grant from Louisville Institute. This past year I was the chair of the Saint Paul Area Synod's Bishop Election Committee. I have experienced the church in many cultures having traveled to the Philippines, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua (twice), El Salvador, South Africa and Tanzania. I am in a colleague group that meets monthly studying leadership issues. I continue to grow in my preaching and communications with the congregation.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I look at each person and discuss their gifts as well as the ways they want to grow. I then work with them to create opportunities for them to step into those roles. I follow up with them in discussing what went well and what didn't. I give clear expectations and even walk through things with them ahead of time so they clearly know how to do it. Then I trust them to do it. In other words, I work closely with them in preparation, but then I am hands off to let them have the responsibility and trust to carry them out. A Christian public leader is the one given the power and authority to stand before others to proclaim the gospel in word and deed.