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.

CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER SITE LIST

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The Site List below is for the Teaching Congregations program. 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 prior to contacting sites on this list.

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[SITE FULL] First UMC Red Wing

Address:403 East Ave
City:Red Wing
State:MN
Zip:55066-2565
Phone:6513884677
Fax:
Web:redwingmethodist.com
Email:redwingmethodist@msn.com
Demonination:United Methodist
Baptized Membership:475
Confirmed Membership:419
Average Sunday Attendance:25
Paid Staff:Children's and Family director
Custodian, Secretary, Choir Director / Organist, Pianist, Facility Mananger
Access to Public Transit:local bus service drop off
Congregation Description:The community around our congregation is mostly blue collar but with a strong arts community. Being around 18,000 people. We mostly are a Sunday only congregation - worship at 9:30am and Sunday School at 10:15am. We also serve a community meal on Sundays from 4pm - 6pm. We actively participate with Hope Coalition, Food shelf and other community organizations. Our challenge over the last three years has been going from a congregation with 1/3 of the people over 80 to a intergenerational church. We have been revamping our children and youth program to help us effectively disciple children and youth, and walk alongside families in the discipleship process. This upheaval has brought about some conflict and challenges, but also helped establish a strong base of leaders to help us move foreword in discipleship and evangelism. We need leaders who can help further disciple leaders and have a heart to reach out beyond our doors.
Congregation Keywords:Rural with suburban feel. Stable growth. Upswing in retirees and young families. Inter-generational. Revamped worship, children and youth ministry, discipleship.

Mentor Pastor: Greg Strunk

Email:redwingrev@msn.com
Phone:651-388-4677
Years in Ordained Ministry:11
Years in Current Position:2
Previous Students Supervised:1
Autobiography:I went to Luther college (1993 - 1997) and Asbury Theological Seminary (1997 - 2001). I have three appointments (Dexter and Grand Meadow 2002 - 2006) Pine Island (2006 - 2010) and Red Wing (2010 - present). I have been married for 13 years, have three kids (9, 7, 2)and love fishing, sports and outdoor activities with my family. I have studies and continue to study church renewal and revival books, plan on going to a leadership conference in the fall as well as a leaders renewal conference this year. I also read books that help explore Scripture and theology deeper. In the community I am involved in YMCA coaching, Kiwanias and recently joining Ending Children Hunger in Red Wing.