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Important note: The following listing includes Christian Public Leader mentor sites for Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students from Fall 2014. New sites for Fall 2015 will be posted in mid-August.

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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:I currently have an informal mentor relationship with a part-time student, but would be open to a full time student interested in exploring theology and ministry.
How many students have you worked with in the past:0
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:2
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:I would like to develop a learning relationship over time.

Site Information

Site keywords:strong intergenerational involvement, vocational emphasis, ministry in community (direct services and advocacy), liturgical, music ministry spanning all ages.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Our mission statement: Immanuel is a community growing in Christ, living in grace and serving in love. We try to grow devotionally and in living faith daily, we work to show grace to others and ourselves, and we are dedicated to community service and advocacy
Please tell us a bit about your site:Immanuel was formed in 1871 at the site of Regions Hospital. In 1921, three congregations merged to form the church at our current location of Grand and Snelling.
Our vision is to grow our own knowledge and devotion, but also to live out that faith daily. To listen to and respect others' convictions. To reach out to make a difference in the community and world.
We begin shaping leaders as children, and work to invite as many as possible to try out leadership here. This congregation has many community leaders who become strong mentors.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Opportunities for learning in worship, education, pastoral care, neighborhood involvement
theological issues: vocation, grace, incarnation, theodicy are my favorites to explore.
social/justice issues: We focus on hunger or poverty issues through work with 7 local and 2 international partnerships. An advocacy group is now forming.
strengths: Multi-age, talented, wise, involved members.
challenges: navigating cultural changes and a 100 year old building

Mentor Information: Cynthia Bullock

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:College of William and Mary, BS 1981
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary MDiv 1986
Attend annual continuing ed opportunities.
Have served 4 congregations in Virginia, Texas, and St. Paul.
I feel deeply called to this congregation, and hope to help people deepen their faith and have a sense of calling in the world.
Faith has been shaped through 28 years of parish ministry (both city and suburban), being a woman pastor in the south in the 80s, travel to Israel and Tanzania, and a voracious reading habit.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:Christian Public Leadership is having a vision of God's Kingdom, (both present and future) and helping people both see it and become involved in it.
I prefer a supervision of trust. To get the work done, and ask for help or imagination along the way, but not be micromanaged.
I prefer supervising in that style - being aware of and having conversations about what is happening, but trusting the skill and calling of those I supervise.