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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 are a multi-staff, program- driven church, we are able to offer a variety of learning and leadership opportunities for students but we also are seeking students who are confident and compassionate, willing to jump in and be self starting along with being. flexible. We are in the midst of transition so we are looking for people who are engaging and can work independently.
How many students have you worked with in the past:9- mainly interns
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: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 in a one year cycle via the academic year which will give students the opportunity to see the spectrum of our ministries. Because we are in the midst of a pastoral transition, we can commit confidently for one year and will assess beyond that as needed.

Site Information

Site keywords:First Ring Suburb Pastoral Leadership transition Re-visioning mission and structure Strong CYF ministries Music ministry Drama Ministry Multi-staff Opportunities to lead adult bible studies/discussion groups Engage in worship planning and leading Elder Care opportunities including communion visits Exploring Stewardship practices as we reboot our vision Committee structure reboot Volunteer training, appreciation and retention Confirmation leadership, logistics and teaching
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 are eager to see what God has in store for us as we move through transition into a new chapter. As we journey together in search of a new senior pastor, we have been blessed with a congregation who sticks together in the best possible way while working to provide an environment of learning and growing in grace. The congregation sees their identity as lifting up new leaders for ministry and love work with and supporting students. e 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 see our ministry as a training ground for new leaders who seek a variety of experiences.
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 inside look at church infrastructure, transition and congregational change alongside working with lay leadership as we forge a new way forward. Currently we are blessed with an Interim Senior Pastor who knows the church well and an Associate pastor is a solid voice of hope. 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 and exploring how to be in better relationship with our global mission partners in Tanzania and India.

Mentor Information: Ivy Huston

Current position:Associate Pastor
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 all of the 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-facet 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.