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Looking for a CPL site? Please review this Site List for available options. Please pay careful attention to the abstract: if you are looking for a position in your concentration offering compensation, the abstract is where that will be listed. After checking out some sites, please mark your choices on your Student Preferences Form by September 15.

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Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

Address:P.O. Box 245
City:Balsam Lake

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:
How many students have you worked with in the past:1 at a different site
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:0
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:2
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:1 semester
Why would this length of time be best:Any time frame is fine.

Site Information

Site keywords:Ecumenical, educational, strong community ties, Youth and Family Minister also on staff, strong synod ties, warm and welcoming, many new members and young families. Pick us!
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our mission is to share the joy of Jesus Christ. We work with other congregations (not just Lutherans) to do so and have a strong emphasis on education. We also reach out to the unchurched or un "recently" churched.
Please tell us a bit about your site:We began in 1944 founded by veterans and spouses still serving in WWII. Our vision is for a vital congregation for generations after us. We shape leaders through lay school, special bishop's initiative ed and other means.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:You can learn about the scope of ministry in a small town. I am open to including the students in whatever areas they are looking to grow in. Caring for those in shelters and Habitat families is important. Finances are still tough in our rural area. The students will find the congregation quite welcoming and supportive. A variety of theological and academic issues can be explored with an emphasis on the practical application in the congregational and community setting.

Mentor Information: Diane Norstad

Current position:Senior Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I am a Texas Lutheran and Luther Seminary second career grad. I serve on Synod Council, Finance committee, Executive committee as well as the local Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee. I was called to this position six years ago as a second call. My goals are for excellence and growth in the small town setting. We are currently at over 7% growth this year with more baptisms and new members yet to be incorporated. As a rural person, I am of the conviction that rural and small town ministry isn't secondary. I resent the connotation that urban or suburban ministry is a "career step up." We are a vital congregation and synod that I feel deserved the best efforts of the church as well as other areas. My further goals are in the areas of writing and continued advancement of the rural churches within our consciousness.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian public leadership is indeed public. I am called upon in many situations by the community and consider them vital to my ministry. I do not micromanage others but then expect follow through without having to constantly remind others of obligations. I believe in trusting others and having faith in the gifts God has given them. Rather than filling task slots with names I prefer to get to know people and their passions in order to involve them in ministry where they are fired up by the Holy Spirit. I also have an active sense of humor and like to have fun in ministry.