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Peace Lutheran

Address:1836 MALVERN ST.

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Ones interested in relational/presence driven/creative approaches to ministry.
How many students have you worked with in the past:over 30
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:2
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:5
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:Other arrangements can be worked out, but two years would be optimal because it takes months just to get to know each other and then to get acquainted with the larger congregation.

Site Information

Site keywords:the arts, justice, slow church movement, creative, preaching, open to all, can-do attitude, neighborhood involvement, home remodelers and maintenance, Ice-shanty builder
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Peace is an informal, creative site that works outside the box in most ways. The arts abound, intergenerational programming is its norm. It is Reconciling in Christ and is open to all. It is heavily involved in the neighborhood in a very hands-on way with a home-grown program called "Christmas in August" and with community gardens.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Started as a house church in the 30s. Almost closed in 2004, but then tried one more thing, called a pastor-artist, began a hands-on ministry for the buildings/people of the neighborhood by: making ourselves available to any homeowner in Lauderdale that has a maintenance/repair need, creating community gardens for neighbors, offering concerts and art shows often. We are now celebrating ten years into the future. We are currently and literally building our own elevator to make our basement accessible.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Peace has had Luther students for 40 years. Because we are small, we are able to turn and adjust our speed quickly. Ideas can be implemented and evaluated on short notice. Students can preach, design and lead worship, teach a class, serve a meal, lead a book /movie study, distribute flyers, shovel dirt, wash dishes, paint a mural, sing in choir. We are on the more liberal end of spectrum and acknowledge as many views as we are able.
Hunger, healthcare, and the loss of community is at the front of our thinking. Our strengths and challenges come with our small size... we do as much intergenerationally as possible. Although we are small, we would not be considered an "aging" congregation; we are a re-development cong in process.

Mentor Information: DAVID GREENLUND

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Formal Ed: Augustana College Sioux Falls,SD, Iliff School of Theo, Denver, CO Pacific Lutheran Theo Sem, Berkeley, CA
On-going Ed:Take classes/seminars when I'm attracted, text studies with parish folk and pastors, regular reading of theology, fiction, NPR, Read what my kids are reading
Came to Current Position: Spirit-led and seemed impossible and yet not hopeless.
Goals: Be open to what ministry opportunities walk through the door or down the back alley and hold on. (while doing art)
Faith formation: Artists of faith, Pastors with creativity, Humans with heart, the sacred is in the ordinary. My foundational years were spent in the heart of inner-city Chicago and lenses I see through are colored by it.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Leadership formed/informed and lived out through a sense of Christ going ahead of us as servants (who ask questions).

Supervision that is dialogical and is informed by the journey. Weekly as needed but more often, monthly and in group.