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St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Address:2499 N Helen Street
City:Saint Paul

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Because we have a multi-staff, program-based ministries, we're looking for students who have a variety of interests, are self-starters and are willing to try new things and explore together. Because we are in the midst of a pastoral leadership transition, we are looking for students who can work independently.
How many students have you worked with in the past:7
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:2-4
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:3
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:2 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:We implement planning and ministry usually in a one year cycle via the academic year which will give students the opportunity to see the spectrum of our ministries.

Site Information

Site keywords:First Ring Suburb Music ministry Drama Ministry Multi-staff Pastoral Leadership transition Re-visioning mission and structure Strong CYF ministries Debt free
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our mission statement is: Bringing Jesus to people and people to Him...through worship, education and relationships.
We are driven by God's love and the forgiveness offered by Christ to serve the world and care for one another as we grow into the people God' created us to be.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Our congregation is over 125 years old and in on the cusp of a new chapter as our Senior Pastor retires in January 2015. We recently retired our mortgage and are in the process of renovating our building to make it hospitable for people of all abilities. We have a large staff who oversee the ministry areas and are posed for growth in the coming years by reflecting on how we might work outside our walls with God's love. We have been an internship site for the past 9 years and currently have 1 intern (CYF) and one former intern who will be working with us this next academic year. Our church loves working with students and sees the nurturing and learning as part of our ministry.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Being in the midst of a pastoral leadership transition, we can provide students with an insider look to structure, transition and congregation change alongside working with lay leadership and communication opportunities along the way. The Senior Pastor will be retiring in January 2015 which will give the students an opportunity to see what it means to celebrate ministry and say our goodbyes alongside preparing for the next chapter, including walking with the call committee and creating opportunities for the new pastor to become integrated with the congregation. We have a great diversity of ministries who are seeking to work together in our changing neighborhood. One of the areas of growth will be in outreach into the community more fully.

Mentor Information: Ivy Huston

Current position:Associate Pastor for Faith Formation
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I graduated from Luther Seminary in 2004 with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Children, Youth and Family ministry. My first call was to Bethlehem Lutheran in Brainerd, MN as associate pastor from 2004-2010. I've been serving at St. Mark's since Nov 2010 working largely with the CYF programs alongside of pastoral responsibilities. I have a passion for people and seek to remind them how loved they are by God and how that love forgives them and sets them free to serve the world.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I am approachable and interested in helping students process their experiences especially in a multi-facets ministry like St. Mark's. I like to help people discover their gifts and strengths and create opportunities for them to share those gifts with the congregation and world. I share leadership, invite others to the table and am interested in what others have to say.