Teaching Congregations Program expectations

for Distributed Learning students and sites

for Residential and Commuter students and sites

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.

Residential and Commuter

The mentor pastor will:

  • 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.

The student will:

  • 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.

Distributed Learning

The Mentor Pastor will:

  • 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.

The student will:

  • 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.