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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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House of the Rock

Address:731 Peachtree St NE

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:House of the Rock takes pride in being a place where candidates for ministry can explore their own unique gifts and be grown in a environment of creative energy, welcome and autonomy.
How many students have you worked with in the past:15
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:4
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:6
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:It takes time to develop gifts. All of us are part time, so it allows ample time for one's gifts to be sharpened. Many times, we will have students try out ideas to see if they will work - to help the kingdom and the student's own growth. We are happy to host, develop and care for the student as long as they would like to work with House of the Rock.

Site Information

Site keywords:creative church, campus ministry, urban ministry, food ministry, beer and hymns, pub theology, young adult faith formation, creative marketing
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:a servant minded community, made for the world, and the community, desperate to hear the gospel
Please tell us a bit about your site:we are mission development, born from a large urban parish
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:creative ministry, creative organizational structure, solid leadership development, close supervision - without being micro managed,

Mentor Information: Matt Simpkins

Current position:Lead pastor developer
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:UT Knoxville, Southern Seminary - Non traditional worship designer and mission developer, lead developer for Shepherd of the Lake in Loudon TN and the FaithAlive! service at Faith Lutheran in Knoxville, full time called pastor for Lutheran Campus Ministry in Atlanta
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I love the process of developing talent that doesn't really fit in the norms of the Lutheran church. I love getting to see creativity and ideas take life rather than be squashed by the "we've always done it this way" mentality. I am intentional and hands on however, I give the students lots of space to grow and define their own identity.