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First Lutheran Church

Address:First Lutheran Church
City:New Richmond
State:WI
Zip:54017-1168
Phone:7152462132
Web:www.firstdaynr.org
Email:pastorjim@firstdaynr.org

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We are an established congregation that relocated in 2013. With four weekly worship service and a large Christian childcare there are many possible areas for parish experience. A student looking for variety, traditional, nontraditional, and is a self-starter will enjoy the challenges and possibilities for lots of hands on experience.
How many students have you worked with in the past:1
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:2 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:I plan to be away on sabbatical in the fall of 2015. Supervision would be limited during those three months.

Site Information

Site keywords:Flexible Mainline theology with evangelical heart Young families Variety Strategic visioning
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our mission is to intentionally gather in grace, grow in faith, and go to serve. We are working hard at developing our hospitality, congregation connections, and growing in faith. We contract with a congregational coach. Our core values include: Caring Hospitality; Grateful Generosity;
Transformational Worship; Courageous Mission and Service; Life-long Faith Formation; Commitment to family, youth, and children’s ministry. We are a busy place, understaffed so there are lots of opportunities to get involved from a seminarian's perspective.
Please tell us a bit about your site:First is a merger of Norwegian and Swedish congregations that originally began in the 1800's. Our last merger was in 1946. In 2013 we relocated onto a more accessible and visible 19 acres and with a new building, in hopes of reaching new people.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:*We have four worship services that would allow for varied styles of worship planning.
*Preaching and worship leading possibilities.
*Involvement in weddings and funerals
*We are connected with the local Salvation Army center, Malawi Lutheran Church, Breaking Free-exploitation of women, global health, etc.
*Wednesday evening is prime time to lead adult education during our disciple night
*Women's ministries
*Caring Meals ministry
*One challenge is teaching stewardship, especially to younger generations
*Another challenge we are addressing this year is whether we want to provide same gender weddings should Wisconsin legalize them

Mentor Information: James Bump

Current position:Senior Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:*1989 Graduate of LSTC
*Served as youth director, youth pastor, associate pastor, small groups, mission developer
*for many years I attended ministry, worship, and leadership conferences for my continuing ed
*I made myself available for call to where the Church needed me most, and God lead me to First
*Having been through decades of struggle and conflict, I am focusing on faithful leadership, establishing healthy ways of being church, establishing, building trust
*We are in the process of launching more small groups
*I have had outstanding mentors that have helped prepare me for many kinds of challenges
*I have led several difficult congregational decisions and learned to both lead decisions, and involve large groups
*Attended 2 different mission developer trainings
*Planned and led contemporary worship since 1991
*Attending a week long silent spiritual retreat added more depth to my personal spirituality
*Prior to seminary I had a very high church pastor that taught me a genuine appreciation for our heritage, formal worship, and Lutheran theology
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:*I guess I'm old school in that I do not make a complete distinction between public and private leadership. We are always viewed a public leaders, even when we are "off duty."
*In worship, I believe we lead in all aspects of worship
*We lead publicly in living by example, and also by seeking reconciliation
*I learn best by doing, and I am probably a better mentor for those who wish to learn by doing
*I prefer to supervise by affirmation, and gently suggesting other possibilities for how something was said or done.
*Maintain sense of humor and perspective