Teaching Congregations Expectations 

Summary

Luther Seminary's Teaching Congregations Program offers students three things:

  1. a congregational community
  2. a pastoral mentor
  3. a missional context for connecting coursework

The student's relationship with the pastor and involvement in the congregation provide a bridge between the classroom and experiential learning, allowing them to reflect on themselves in light of their emerging pastoral identity as servant leaders.

Distributed Learning - The mentor pastor will be: 

  • work with student(s) to identify learning goals at the beginning of each academic year.
  • meet with the student(s) once per month for conversations regarding development of pastoral identity and imagination.
  • introduce student(s) to a pastoral perspective on basic congregational processes, such as worship planning, pastoral care, administration, and outreach.
  • complete and submit reflection questions with each student at the conclusion of each semester.

Distributed Learning - The student will be: 

  • complete and submit a learning agreement, including identified learning goals, with the mentor pastor at the beginning of each academic year in the program.
  • commit 10 to 12 hours per month to the congregation, including monthly meetings with the mentor pastor; worship; and other congregational involvement.
  • complete and submit reflection questions with the mentor pastor at the conclusion of each semester.

Residential/Commuter - The mentor pastor will be: 

  • work with student to identify learning goals at the beginning of each academic year.
  • meet with the student twice per month for conversations regarding development of pastoral identity and imagination.
  • introduce student to a pastoral perspective on basic congregational processes, such as worship planning, pastoral care, administration, and outreach.
  • complete and submit reflection questions with each student at the conclusion of each semester.

Residential/Commuter - The student will be: 

  • complete and submit a learning agreement, including identified learning goals, with the mentor pastor at the beginning of each academic year in the program.
  • commit 3 to 5 hours per week to the congregation, including bi-weekly meetings with the mentor pastor; worship; and other congregational involvement.
  • complete and submit reflection questions with the mentor pastor at the conclusion of each semester.
Looking For Christian Public Leader? Teaching Congregations transitioned to Christian Public Leader at the end of the 2013 – 2014 academic year. In 2014 - 2015, Teaching Congregations will be offered only to students completing their graduation requirements as per the distributive curriculum. This will remain a non-credit degree requirement. Students and supervisors should be in touch with Contextual Learning at contextuallearning@luthersem.edu.