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Messiah Lutheran church

Address:2400 Park Ave S
City:Mpls
State:MN
Zip:55404
Phone:6128718831
Web:
Email:prbritts@messiahmpls.org

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:
How many students have you worked with in the past:5
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:2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:This is an urban congregation where relationships are very important. We have many youth who are reluctant to open up to people they feel will be here only for a short period of time

Site Information

Site keywords:multicultural work, diverse community, community based outreach, nonprofit connected to church
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We are about immersion into the west Phillips neighborhood. We have a strong youth initiative and work to be a caring, beloved community in the LSS building called Center for changing lives.
Please tell us a bit about your site:This church community is 106 years old. Moving to the center for changing Lives was pivotal in their understanding that economic crisis is also a spiritual crisis and the church needs to be part of restoring to wholeness.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:You will learn about being church in an urban context with limited resources. You can enter the debate between charity vs. justice and discern the fine line between giving a hand up or a hand out. The theological issues surrounding race and economics in this the church.

Mentor Information: Louise Britts

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:MA in pastoral Care, Mdiv from LSTC I worked 23 at Honeywell in security systems. I have lived in many places in the world as a volunteer. I was pastor at River of Life Lutheran church 5 years and was a chaplain in hospice for 8 years. My vision is to financially stabilize this church community with vibrant worship and a dynamic youth/family ministry becoming a safe place for neighborhood youth to hang-out.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I have supervised students who were interested in youth ministry. I tend to be a hands on supervisor who enjoys curious students open to learning new ways of being church.