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First Lutheran Church

Address:463 Maria Ave.
City:Saint Paul

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:
How many students have you worked with in the past:6
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:1 semester|2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:As we work with many visitors who attend worship and our weekly Wellness Center, it is great when it is possible to have longevity and stability, but we can also work with students who have a semester to give.

Site Information

Site keywords:revitalization, multicultural work, multi faith outreach, food justice, youth and family outreach, creative worship and preaching emphasis, RIC, entrepreneurial, outdoor ministry
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our urban congregation located in the Eastside of St. Paul, reaches out to people experiencing poverty alongside the Nursing Department at Metro State University providing Wellness services and food sustainability IN COMMUNITY TOGETHER - food for body, mind, and spirit!
Please tell us a bit about your site:First Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran church in the state of Minnesota (160 years) and has been working with folks in poverty most of that time. Our mission question is "Does Love Live Here?" which is our mantra for our neighborhood church. Leaders are mentored and encouraged to try their hand at new things while using their unique gifts to also draw out the gifts of others. We work with many partners, Urban Roots, Dayton's Bluff Block Nurse Program, Spring Forest Qigong, Heavenly Day Cafe and Catering (youth mentored on our site), and more. We also own an island in Northern Minnesota that is a camp where youth leadership and hospitality are fostered.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:A student can learn what it means to live outreach, how to have fun while doing it, and what it means to live a graceful life accepting people exactly where they are. Our weekly Wellness Center provides many opportunities for both multicultural and multi faith justice work with those living in poverty. A student can try their hand at preaching, teaching, taking on a justice issue, or starting a new program or business. I would say that a strength is being open to new possibilities. We are challenged by the need to be creative in our stewardship and financing.

Mentor Information: Christine Berthelsen

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I am a nearly 60-year-old anglo, female pastor. I have been in ministry for over 30 years as an associate in ministry with a children, youth, and family emphasis and went to seminary over the course of 13 years. I went to UW-EauClaire and have a degree in music and I went to Luther Seminary in St. Paul. I continue my education through Folkschool classes (have learned wood carving, etc) and several groups of colleagues I meet with informally. I came to First Lutheran ten years ago having been called to possibly close the congregation. After ten years, we worship between 120 and 150 and operate a 7-year-old Wellness Center reaching out to the neighborhood. I have also been shaped by many years in Camping Ministry and our congregation currently owns Bay Lake Camp. My goals for this job are to foster education in a folk school model of hands on learning and to be continually creative in worship and in outreach. It is also a legitimate goal to have fun. The people who have shaped my faith formation and ethical convictions are my parents, my own family, my partner, and the people from The Wellness Center and this congregation. I have been also shaped by the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project I participated in and the Folkschool Movement.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian Public Leadership is the very practical hands-on lifelong learning experience of what it means to be in ministry which is most definitely public. It is being open to what every day brings in the way of people and partnership that serves the community and moves people to love beyond even their own idea of what that means. I tend to supervise in an informal way giving plenty of leeway for creativity and relationship to form. It has worked best for me to meet with students monthly and use a variety of ways to communicate. I am very open to student ideas for their best learning.