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Calvary Lutheran Church

Address:3901 Chicago Ave. S.

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Calvary is a congregation committed to raising up clergy and leaders. The congregation embraces seminarians from all walks of life who are interested in exploring preaching, teaching, community connection, progressive theology, engaging neighborhood, minstry with lgbtq community, multicultural ministry, children & youth ministry.
How many students have you worked with in the past:9
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:1
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|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:Being present in the congregation for at least one academic year allows for continuity, getting to know the congregation (which allows for greater opportunities in preaching, pastoral care, connection), and ability to apply various courses/goals.

We are open to conversation, but truly feel that a year-long commitment provides great connection and growth for congregation and seminarian alike.

Site Information

Site keywords:Each Christian Public Leader is invited to engage in areas that make the most sense in terms of learning and overall goals. Opportunities exist in the areas of : Preaching and worship, Children's and Adult Education, Mission Support (Finance) & Stewardship; Green Team (Environment); Racial Equity Committee (Race & multicultural); LGBTQ ministry; Emergency Food Shelf; Children's & Youth Faith formation; Young Adult ministry; visitation Food Shelf; Urban Arts.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Mission:
We are called to be a progressive Christian community of vibrant worship, nuturing relationships, and faithful service.

Called to be the Body of Christ, Calvary is in the City for good! We strive to live out our faith locally and globally by: walking with God in worship and daily life; welcoming and loving one another and our neighbors; and transforming our world through peace, justice, grace, and mercy.

As one part of the Body of Christ we aspire to:
*Generously embody and celebrate God's love, grace, and forgivness for all
*Richly engage in authentic, diverse, and spirit-filled worship, music, service, and fun
*Actively journey in our faith life together as we welcome, love, learn, question, and grow as God's children of all ages.
*Compassionately care for one another, our neighborhoods, city, world, and all creation.
*Energetically join in God's transformative work of justice and peace-building.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Calvary Lutheran Church was founded in 1923, by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, to provide English services to the primarily Scandinavian immigrant population.

The congregation was originally part of the Augustana Synod Lutheran (later Lutheran Church in America). Pastor Clarence O. Granlund was called to serve as the first pastor (serving from 1923-1945).

The present sanctuary was constructed in 1930, a bold act of faith as the contracts were signed the same month as the 1929 stock market crash. The education building was added to the facility in 1955.

As the neighborhood became more diverse in the 1960s and 1970s, Calvary responded, becoming a congregation known for welcoming couples and families of different races and backgrounds, and including the gifts of all in worship and leadership.

Seeking to meet the changing needs of our neighbors, an emergency food shelf and, in cooperation with Hospitality House Boys and Girls Clubs, an evening tutoring program were begun.

In the late 1980s to mid-1990s the congregation wrestled with finances and there was a rapid turn-over in pastoral staff. There were significant questions of next steps. With the arrival of co-pastors, Thomas and Becky von Fischer, the congregation began to re-envision its mission and find a renewed spirit in South Minneapolis.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s the congregation began significant work in deciding that its commitment was to be outwardly focused and engaged in the world. Through several significant bequests Calvary began to develop new programs. Additionally, the congregation felt moved to proclaim greater inclusivity, becoming a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation that welcomed and affirmed inclusivity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families.

Today, Calvary continues to serve the changing neighborhood. With initial development and connections there was the Summer Urban Academy to provide summer learning opportunities for children in grades 1 through 6; the building has also been home to the children’s program of the English Learning Center for Refugee and Immigrant Families, the Southside offices of Hospitality House Boys and Girls Clubs, the Center for Intercultural Harmony and the Bryant Village Initiative, Phillips Community Television (PCTV), the Parenting Oasis, and other neighborhood groups. Currently, the Urban Arts Academy (founded by Calvary) has become its own 501(c)3 and is housed at Calvary, alongside The Twin Cities Women’s Choir, BeechWood Inc., The Metropolitan Pipeband, and others.

We believe this marvelous building was given to us for service. As part a five year plan, the congregation has remodeled and refurbished our facility in order to meet the needs of our community and neighborhood. We are excited that we will be able to welcome those with special accessibility needs to our expanding family.

In November of 2009 we called Pastor Brad Froslee to serve as our next pastor.

Calling Pastor Brad has moved the congregation into the next stage of visioning and planning for the congregation. The are more young families, lgbt individuals and families, and a dynamic element of new life.

The congregation is an urban church that is seeing transformation and revitalization.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Contextual Education Students have the opportunity to:
*serve as assisting minister, lector, cantor
*sing in the choir
*work with committees and teams (Finance & Stewardship, Social Justice, Racial Equity, Green Team, Education, Worship & Spiritual Care, Property, etc.)
*Are invited to attend at least one council meeting
*engage in progressive theology
*work with children and/or youth
*participate in musical productions
*assist with community events
*Holden Prayer Around the Cross (Advent and Lent)

The largest challenge for Calvary is that it is the little church (245 members) that believes it can...and can do anything. At times taking on more than is imaginable for a church this size.

However, if you ask current contextual education students or former St. Olaf Lilly interns, you will find that they find it an incredible place to learn, grow, and try out new things.

Mentor Information: Brad Froslee

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Pastor Brad Froslee
St. Olaf College (Class of 1996)
Harvard Divinity School (Class of 1999)
Luther Seminary (Lutheran Year)

Horizon Site Internship: Resurrection Lutheran, Oakland, CA

At Harvard I studied with Rev. Peter Gomes (preaching); Dr. Allan Callahan (works of John and Revelation); Dr. Harvey Cox (church and society); Rev. Claudia Highbaugh (chaplain).

My first call was at St. Luke Presbyterian Church-Minnetonka, MN. I served this call as the ELCA worked its way through issues of sexuality. In the fall of 2008 I was called to Calvary as Pastor (solo/senior).

I believe worship is the center of our life together as a church. I greatly enjoy preaching and worship. From this center we live out our vocations in daily work, justice, care for neighbor.

With Calvary I am working on racial justice, connection with neighborhoods, the changing demographics of church.

Each year I participate in continuing education. This coming year (May-August) I will be taking sabbatical and studying in South Africa and Scandinavia.

My pastoral ministry is greatly shaped by understandings of grace, theology of the cross, and priesthood of all believers.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I grealy enjoy carrying out individual and group supervision.

Because the church is very active I am not able to do a great deal of "hand holding," but am extremely personal and available both for supervision and pastoral care (should that be needed).