Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader

WHAT IS TEACHING CONGREGATIONS AND CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER?

Known as “Teaching Congregations” pre-2014 and “Christian Public Leader” as of the 2014-2015 academic year, Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader are short-term, part-time contextual education placements. Here, students can explore academic and theological questions in a real-world environment in dialog with contextual site educators.

These programs partner effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation- or community-based organization. Additionally, with this context as their primary conversation partner, students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership, and develop their own leadership practices.

For MDiv students: Upon registration for Teaching Congregations (or Christian Public Leader, beginning Fall 2014), students undergo a placement process in which they are paired with mentor Christian public leaders at congregations and community-based organizations. Throughout the semester, students will work with their mentor, both independently and in cohorts, to develop learning goals, achieve those goals through mentorship and participation, and assess their progress at the conclusion of the course.

For MA Professional students: Beginning in Fall 2014, Christian Public Leader will explore Christian public leadership by attending to leadership in the midst of particular communities and their distinct contextual realities. In this four-semester program, students will expand their leadership capacity by leading and being in dialogue with a particular ministry context. With this ministry context as their primary conversation partner students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership, and develop their own leadership practices. Particular attention will be given to praxis, contextualization, integrative approaches to ministry, and competencies connected to student’s concentration.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

As brief, part-time mentorship experiences, they help students:

  • Integrate academic and theological questions in a real-world way, generally alongside Luther Seminary coursework.
  • Engage the guidance of a Christian public leader and develop themselves as Christian public leaders for the future.
  • Encounter the daily struggles and joys of life at a congregation or faith-based organization.
  • Experiment with putting social and ethical commitments into practice through real-life projects.
  • Develop the interpersonal, planning, execution, and assessment skills that are critical aspects of other required Contextual Learning courses, such as Clinical Pastoral Education and Internship.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE in Teaching Congregations?

Upon registration for Teaching Congregations, students undergo a placement process in which they are paired with mentor Christian public leaders at congregations and community-based organizations. Throughout the semester, students will work with their mentor (both independently and in cohorts) to develop learning goals, achieve those goals through mentorship and participation, and assess their progress at the conclusion of the course.

Please use the links on the left to familiarize yourself with the program's expectations and outcomes. Also on the left, supervisors may add a site using the Site Profile Form, students may view the Site List and learn how to submit their Site Preferences, and both students and supervisors may learn how to submit their Learning Agreement and Reflection Questions.

Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions for Spring 2014 are due on Monday May 5 for graduating seniors and Monday May 12 for non-graduating students. Students may find more information on their coursepages.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE in Christian Public Leader?

Students completing their MDiv or CML MA via the distributive curriculum should continue to take Teaching Congregations FE 4021 and FE 4022 (in both Fall and Spring). These classes will remain non-credit degree requirements.

For students who intend to complete the M.Div. via the new portfolio curriculum, Teaching Congregations will no longer be required. Instead, Christian Public Leader FE 0525 will be offered as a 0.5 credit elective available in Fall and Spring semesters. In the new curriculum, CPL for MDivs will be designed to partner effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation or community-based organization.

For students who intend to complete the MA via the new portfolio curriculum, Christian Public Leader FE 0520 will be a 0.5 credit four-semester degree requirement. This course will explore Christian Public Leadership by attending to leadership in the midst of particular communities and their distinct contextual realities. In this course students will expand their leadership capacity by leading and being in dialogue with a particular ministry context. With this ministry context as their primary conversation partner students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership, and develop their own leadership practices. Particular attention will be given to praxis, contextualization, integrative approaches to ministry, and competencies connected to student’s concentration.