|Congregation Description:||St. Paul's is a 140 year old legacy congregation that is experiencing rebirth in a renewing neighborhood. Just south of downtown, in the Ventura Village urban core neighborhood, where gunshots and crack dealing was the norm, a new more stable neighborhood is emerging and St. Paul's is passionately involved.|
St. Paul's is as truly evangelical congregation, from the low-church Hauge tradition. St. Paul's re-committed itself to the city when its building was taken by freeway construction, and unlike over 300 congregations that moved to the 'burbs, St. Paul's stayed. It has since built an international reputation with its MissionShift Institute (formerly School of Urban Ministry)(www.MissionShift.org) its college degree program in urban studies (www.U4C.org) and its video series for congregational use (www.MissionShift.org)
St. Paul's has a deep commitment to Luther's program; in the past 24 years, Pastor Wells has worked with 63 Contextual Leadership students and four interns.
St. Paul's has been a clear, grace-filled evangelical voice in the ELCA for decades, and has recently co-related itself to the LCMC organization.
About one third of St. Paul's congregation lives within three miles of the church, another third lives within the next three miles, and the other third live across a 60-mile circle from Eagan, Lakeville, Shakopee, Chanhassan, Maple Plaine and Roseville.
St. Paul's worship is blended and low-church, with an emphasis on lay involvement. Having St. Paul's as a Teaching Parish will mean meeting weekly with Pastor Wells for talks on a revolving four-year curriculum of practical ministry topics, getting you ready for a successful internship. It is an intense opportunity to integrate your studies into the "real world" of parish ministry, with personal mentoring. And we laugh a lot. Our job is to help lift you through the many hoops you will be forced to jump through in the next four years.
St. Paul's is the opposite of a mega-church. It's a great example of a well-run, deeply committed, evangelical congregation that is making a wonderful impact locally and internationally.
|Congregation Keywords:||Evangelical, grace, conservative, urban, cross-cultural, cross cultural, multicultural, close, mentor|