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] Hosanna Lutheran

Address:2815 57th Street NW
City:Rochester
State:MN
Zip:55901-0110
Phone:[507] 285-0092
Fax:None
Web:hosannalutheran.org
Email:hosanna@hosannalutheran.org
Demonination:ELCA Lutheran
Baptized Membership:560
Confirmed Membership:459
Average Sunday Attendance:160
Paid Staff:Senior Pastor
Music Director
Adminisrative Secretary
Custodian
Access to Public Transit:Hosanna is located one block east of the Rochester Public Bus Transit System.
Congregation Description:The community around our congregation consists of single family homes and several apartment complexes. Hosanna is located in the NW quadrant of the city which is the fastest growing section of Rochester.

Worship is held at 8:00 and 10:30am Sundays. Christian Education meets for all ages on Sunday at 9:15am. Confirmation meets Sunday Morning and Wednesday evening for grades 7,8 and 9. Hosanna has an active youth ministry and a comprehensive music program.

Hosanna's Mission Statement in short reads, "Gathered to Grow...Sent to Serve"
Our members volunteer to serve on one or more of the over 70 ministry teams serving within and outside the congregation. These are too numerous to list here, but a sampling includes: The Red Cross Shelter Team, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Food Bank distribution site for NW Rochester, Community Garden, Malaria Campaign for the ELCA. Others can be seen on our Web site.

Hosanna will be adding staff in the near future. The congregational leadership is currently in a process of discerning what our ministry needs are and which staff is needed to fulfill those needs.
Congregation Keywords:Hosanna would best be described as suburban. The church is located on the far northern region of Rochester which is mostly residential.

Mentor Pastor: William Meiers

Email:pastormeiers@hosannalutheran.org
Phone:[507] 285-0092
Years in Ordained Ministry:35
Years in Current Position:7
Previous Students Supervised:Lisa Kipp- Internship
Autobiography:I was born and raised in Polson, Montana. Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota was the site of my undergraduate work where I majored in music. Following graduation from college, I taught music in Troy, Montana before beginning seminary. I graduated from Luther Seminary in 1978 with a Master of Divinity Degree.My wife, Sonja,and I were married before my internship year which was spent at Farmington Lutheran Church in Farmington, Minnesota.We have three grown children and two grandchildren.

My parish experience includes serving as pastor of four congregations.
Zumbro Lutheran-Rochester,Mn 1978-1986
Bethany Lutheran-Red Lake Falls,Mn 1986-1989
Calvary Lutheran-Mankato, Mn 1989-2005
Hosanna Lutheran-Rochester,Mn 2005-Present


My current reading includes:
take this bread by Sara Miles
Grace Eventually by Anne Lamont
My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman
My continuing Education for the current calendar year includes:
Midwinter Convocation-Luther Seminary
TheoProbe Kairos-Winter Park,Colorado
Rethinking Evangelism-Luther Seminary

Community involvement includes:
Red Cross Shelter Team
Rochester Ministerial President
Southeastern Minnesota Synod Nominating Committee
Rochester Text Study Group

Interests and Hobbies:
Sailing
Skiing
Gardening
Running