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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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Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church

Address:5011 31st Ave. S.
City:Minneapolis
State:MN
Zip:55417-1497
Phone:612.729.2323
Web:lakenokomischurch.org
Email:pastor@lakenokomis.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:15 +
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
Why would this length of time be best:Depending on the learning objectives, one semester may belong enough. Two semesters, however, would allow time to better understand our context. For some projects, two academic years would be preferred.

Site Information

Site keywords:inclusive public welcome (RIC) affordable housing collaborative (Riverview Apts) community food shelf (Minnehaha Food Shelf) shelter for families experiencing homelessness (Families Moving Forward) life-long faith formation
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We're working at equipping people to be church in their homes, workplaces and neighborhoods.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Our congregation got started over 100 years ago when a Christian leader saw the need for Christian education for children in the neighborhood. There was no building, so he opened his home and invited students from United Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) to assist with starting the Sunday school.
- vision - please see previous question
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Students are able to explore a full range of learning opportunities along with the academic and theological issues related to a Lutheran congregation, i.e., preaching, teaching, faith formation, visitation, administration, collaboration (to name a few).
- social justice issues - see notes under site information "keywords"
Challenges include being a midsize congregation with large church expectations from visitors and newer members.

Mentor Information: Drew Flathmann

Current position:senior pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I'm a graduate of Wartburg College and Luther Seminary. Continuing education includes seminars, conferences and a weekly text study group with neighborhood pastors. I was called to this position 10 years ago after serving Peace Lutheran in Lauderdale, MN for 7 years.
My goals include serving with this faith community as participants in God's mission in the world, i.e., to set people free to be Christian public leaders in their everyday lives.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian public leadership is recognizing that the priesthood of all believers includes all of us, that our baptismal call is not a private matter between me and Jesus and instead, we are called to be God's agents in the world.
I much prefer to act as a "guide on the side" in contrast to a "sage on the stage." And that's what has worked best for me in the past as well.