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Bethlehem Lutheran Church / Spirit Garage

Address:4100 Lyndale Ave S & 1407 Nicollet Ave
City:Minneapolis
State:MN
Zip:55403
Phone:612-312-3419
Web:www.bethlehem-church.org and www.spiritgarage.org
Email:rob@spiritgarage.org

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:3
How many students have you worked with in the past:Over a dozen in the past 9 years.
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:1 semester|2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:Really enjoyed when we had 4 students at Spirit Garage. The Senior would serve in a leadership role with the other students. We would stay in contact with the student on internship. Then we would have a Middler and a Junior. I understand everything has changed. I believe the teaching congregation should prepare students for Internship and then give them a chance to bring what they learn back to the site during their Senior year.

Site Information

Site keywords:* Seeker Sensitive * Grassroots * Rock & Roll Worship (Psalm 150 style worship including loud crashing cymbals) * Inner City * Partnership Congregation
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:The church with the really big door welcoming people shiny and new and rusty and broken, sharing the acceptance, forgiveness, and love of Jesus.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Bethlehem Lutheran Church recognized that the church building and traditional style of worship was often a barrier for people coming to worship.

Building the Kingdom. Bethlehem and Spirit Garage connect with churches and organizations inside and outside the ELCA. We try to learn from everyone regardless of theological differences. We also try to share what we learn, often resourcing other congregations and being a support for some secular organizations doing very good work.

The Priesthood of All Believers is central to our understanding recognizing that every member is a minister. We try to help people identify their gifts and use them for ministry inside and especially outside our walls. We support individuals most often by connecting them to others with similar hopes and dreams. For example, most of our outreach is member led and championed.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Worship leadership in a variety of settings. Radical Hospitality. Small Group leadership. Community Outreach. Grassroots Ministry. Connections with people who have a variety of beliefs and backgrounds. A Kingdom understanding, working across denominational lines, ecumenically, along with secular engagement. Example, Spirit Garage likes to describe itself as Lutheran "under the hood".

Bethlehem has a number of engagements locally, nationally, and internationally. Reaching Out Through Peace: Promoting Reconciliation, Equipping Servant Leaders, Assisting the Poor, Caring for the Sick, Educating the Next Generation (http://www.bethlehem-church.org/peace). Spirit Garage has member led initiatives currently including: Feed My Starving Children, Connection with our neighborhood school Emerson through the Sheridan Story, Children's Lighthouse Hospice, Global Health Ministries.

Bethlehem is a strong, vibrant congregation willing to take risks and always learning and investing in others. Spirit Garage is an example of this, as well as Jacob's Well, Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry, and Urban Homeworks.

Focus is always needed. There are a lot of things that can distract a congregation. We try to keep the main thing the main thing, following Jesus.

Mentor Information: Rob Norris-Weber

Current position:Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:* Where/with whom did you attend school? MDiv from Lutheran Seminary. UnderGrad at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
* How do you continue your education today? Leadership Network.
* How did you come to the position you currently hold? Hired as a youth director. Ordained to serve as the Pastor of Faith Formation. Currently serving as the Lead Pastor for Spirit Garage.
* What are your goals for your job? Making disciples through Spirit Garage as well as continuing work with Bethlehem's Student Ministries.
* What events and people have shaped your faith formation and ethical convictions? Camping Ministries, Youth Mission Trips, a father who was a teacher and civic leader.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:* Where/with whom did you attend school? MDiv from Lutheran Seminary. UnderGrad at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
* How do you continue your education today? Leadership Network.
* How did you come to the position you currently hold? Hired as a youth director. Ordained to serve as the Pastor of Faith Formation. Currently serving as the Lead Pastor for Spirit Garage.
* What are your goals for your job? Making disciples through Spirit Garage as well as continuing work with Bethlehem's Student Ministries.
* What events and people have shaped your faith formation and ethical convictions? Camping Ministries, Youth Mission Trips, a father who was a teacher and civic leader.