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Immanuel Lutheran Church

Address:104 Snelling Ave S
City:Saint Paul

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Immanuel is a small, lively, multi-aged community with strengths in music, education and community service. There are opportunities for a student to be involved in liturgical worship, education for all ages, pastoral care, involvement in the local community, and advocacy. A student with interest in faith in daily life and using one's gifts in the community would be welcome.
How many students have you worked with in the past:2
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:1
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:Learning over time is best with this community, so a student can know the community well, walking through most seasons of the year. Ministry and learning will deepen as the community knows and trusts the student.

Site Information

Site keywords:We are a small urban neighborhood congregation with a well educated, middle class, socially aware membership. Immanuel's strengths include strong intergenerational involvement, a vocational emphasis, ministry partnerships in the community (direct services and advocacy), liturgical worship and a strong music ministry spanning all ages. Learning opportunities include worship planning and leadership; education, including confirmation; pastoral care, youth and family ministry, stewardship ministry including a capital campaign, respectful conversations, ministry partnerships, and social justice.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our mission statement is: Immanuel is a community growing in Christ, living in grace and serving in love. We challenge ourselves to trust Christ and grow in understanding and in living faith daily. We work to show grace to others and ourselves, including respecting a variety of views and a variety of people. We are dedicated to partnering with others as we work for the neighborhood, city and world.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Immanuel was formed in 1871 at the site that is now Regions Hospital. In 1921, three congregations merged to form the church at our current location near Grand and Snelling.
While we have a long history in the city, teaching us that God is faithful over time, we are also open to new ideas and new forms of ministry.
We begin shaping leaders as children, and work to invite as many as possible to try out leadership here. Because we are a smaller, neighborhood church, everybody get's involved. This congregation has many community and church leaders who are willing to be mentors. Failure IS an option here, as we encourage people to keep trying new ideas and ministries.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Immanuel has joined many communities in concern about racial injustice and divisive politics. We have a history of work in mercy with Interfaith Action, Dorothy Day and LSS, but are becoming more involved in justice issues through ISAIAH. Our building is actively used all week, including a preschool, children's art classes, AlAnon, community groups (we are centrally located!), and we are blessed with a multitude of teen visitors as a housing site for YouthWorks! each summer.
We are blessed with a number of strengths. Immanuel members are spiritual people who depend on God and ask good questions about faith and life. We have a strong sense of place as people of St. Paul. Children and young people are respected and have a voice here. We are learning to respect a variety of opinions.
We face the challenges of a changing church. While we do have a multi-age congregation, we do not yet have a multi-cultural one. Other challenges include a mortgage, and upkeep of a well used property.

Mentor Information: Cynthia Bullock

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Immanuel is my 4th call. I attended The College of William and Mary (1981) and Southern Seminary (1986). I have served congregations in Virginia, Texas, and St. Paul (internship in Florida), which has given me insight into the church outside of the midwest. I have visited Israel and Tanzania, and see wonderful, faithful people living their faith in a variety of ways that we can learn from.
Strength finders tells me my greatest strength is inclusion, and that has shaped my ministry. As a woman whose leadership style was formed in the south of the 80's I am sensitive to leadership challenges faced by women. I have led Immanuel to respectful discussions of what it means to welcome: how to include those with mental or social challenges, thinking multi-culturally, and continuing to welcome those of any sexual orientation.
I have been at Immanuel for 5.5 years. I feel deeply called to this congregation. My collaborative style, and their wiling leadership have been a good fit.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:For me, Christian Public Leadership is having a vision of God's Kingdom, as it appears now and will appear in fullness, and helping people both see it and become involved in it.
I work best with a supervision of trust. To be trusted to use the gifts God has given me, and be able to ask for help with creation or implementation of a project along the way. I don't do well with micromanagement.
I prefer supervising in that style - being aware of a students gifts and having conversations about what is happening, but trusting the skill and responsibility of those I supervise.