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Lord Of Life Lutheran Church

Address:16200 Dodd Lane

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Lord of Life would be blessed by Christian Public Leaders eager to share their gifts, their faith, and their spiritual journey. Lord of Life is always seeking new ways for their leaders and their community to come together in relationship, and to go forward together, sharing a variety of experiences including worship, prayer, study, service, and mission for all ages.
How many students have you worked with in the past:6
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: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:Lord of Life is confident collaborating with each Christian Public Leader and our faith community, the length of time for each CPL to be on site and part of Lord of Life can be an ongoing conversation. If a CPL is looking for a one semester experience, there are many opportunities available, and Lord of Life would be just as blessed. If a CPL is looking for a longer connection, the opportunity for deeper relationships and growth and a wider range of experiences is available as well. Lord of Life is looking forward to hearing from the CPL what he or she is feeling led to experience and share.

Site Information

Site keywords:Relationships, grace based, Christ centered, faith building, Spirit driven, welcoming, community presence, relevant, authentic, striving to honor all people, blended worship style.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Worship, God's grace, salvation, hope, faith, togetherness, growth in Spirit, mission, purpose, discipleship, generosity, mobilizing God's people. Our mission statement is, "Making God first!" Our core values include: mission through worship and music, prayer, service, hospitality, and faithful generous giving.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Lord of Life is a relatively new congregation in the south metro, 20+ minutes south of the cities. Pastor Jamie Thompson was the mission developer. The congregation moved into their building in January 2007. We have roughly 525 baptized members, 150 households, and average 200 in worship September-May. Along with our mission statement and core values, Lord of Life is driven to be in relationship with its members, visitors, and community through worship, weekly small groups, prayer, study and education. Engaging God's people is a guiding principle and committed practice. To engage, you need to interact, get to know, and empower. A few annual highlights include our Fall Festival, Veterans Dinner, Youth Sunday, Vacation Bible School, and more. Regional music events, recovery support, care giver, and youth events have been hosted and more are being planned. Being present, visible, available, and accessible to the community is central to our ministry. A Christian Public Leader who is looking for clarity as to what drives her or him, how he or she is blessed to serve, how she or he is graced to make a difference or be present, would find many experiences here to try, reflect on, grow from, and build on.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Our prayer at Lord of Life is each Christian Public Leader, as well as each disciple, discover more and more how God is first gracing each of them, equipping each of them, guiding each of them, calling each of them, sending each of them, to go as commanded. Lord of Life is committed to being a listening church, and Pastor Jamie is committed to being a listening Pastor. What does the CPL wish to experience, explore, discuss, dig into, confront, make known? These are critical questions. Just a snapshot for now includes: Lord of Life has a strong and unique worship history, open to new experiences. We have a broad scope of ages, and people from varied faith walks and expressions. Several people have noted, "I have not been to church in years." Lord of Life, Pastor Jamie, is going back to the streets, knocking on doors in the coming year, simply reaching out and inviting ... he knocked on over 4000 in the developing phase, and with new neighborhoods going up, he is going out again, and if interested, he welcomes the CPL to join him. Social and justice issues are ever evolving for our ministry, we advocate for others, while listening to all. We are looking forward to launching a relationship with Guatemala this fall. Being open to and trusting where God is leading us next, is our strength. Balancing our mission focus with our young ministry along with our commmitment to grow in generosity while meeting monthly financial demands is an ongoing challenge.

Mentor Information: James Thompson

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I did my undergrad in communications at the University of Minnesota, and completed my MDiv. at Luther Seminary in 1989. I served as a youth director in a west metor suburb, and then in Minneapolis on the near northeast side. I did my contextual education in St. Paul, then served as intern in Marine On St. Croix, was ordained and served my first call in Woodbury at King of Kings, before being appointed as mission developer to start Lord of Life in September 1994. Self development is an ongoing personal core value, which included a 3 month sabbatical in 2012. I serve as the only pastor and only full time staff member at Lord of Life. Honoring God's call and God's people are what drive me and center me. I also stay committed to a phrase made known by Chicago Bears running back Gayle Sayers, "I am third." My God and my faith journey are first, my family and friends are second, and I am third. What this means is, all else, yes, even my ministry comes next. If those first three are not healthy, then I serving as pastor, even with God's grace, are in trouble. Emergencies come and go, and they demand and receive attention; day to day, I am third, my vocation follows, and God is faithful. Along with my role as pastor, I am humbled many in the community I serve call on me at times looking for service or direction. I currently serve as a volunteer police chaplain for The Farmington Police Department; I am the local pastor on the Farmington School District's Trauma Response Team; I serve on the board of The Trinity Health Campus offering independent, assisted, long term, and memory care ... part of The St. Francis Health System; I serve Augustanna Health Care at the Apply Valley Campus, one Wednesday a month and as requested; I serve on the Farmington Ministerial Association; I recently concluded serving as part of the St. Area Synod Council; I serve local veterans, including Memorial Day services and local events; I serve on a newly developing regional board for TreeHouse to serve at risk teens in the south metro; I serve as a rotarian including leading a weekly high school mentoring program for at risk teens called STRIVE. Every aspect of the ministry I serve, including worship, preaching, pastoral care, teaching, council meetings, ministry team leadership, small groups, experience with all ages, funerals, weddings, assisting in baptisms and communion, along with my community roles and engagement would be open to any and all interested CPL.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian Public Leadership is not merely something one achieves, rather a practice one commits to grow in, live by, ever develop, look for, refine, be committed to, including to forgive when missed, failed, unsuccessful, trusting trying again, getting started again, is not only possible, it is God's plan and will for one and all, thanks to God's grace. I am committed to support and to honor the expectations and goals and development of each CPL in collaboration with the CPL, Luther Seminary, and the ministry of Lord of Life. Building trust, being accessible and approachable, committed to confidentiality, listening, walking along side, stepping aside, personal faith sharing, each bring clarity and value to the supervisor and CPL experience and relationship.