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Bethany Lutheran - Minneapolis (Longfellow)

Address:3901 36th Ave S
Baptized Membership:201
Confirmed Membership:167
Average Sunday Attendance:48
Paid Staff:1 full time pastor
1 part time admin
Access to Public Transit:bus and light rail within a few blocks
Congregation Description:Bethany is within the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis, a vibrant area which proudly proclaims the community within it. The area residents are (generally) socially liberal, very environmentally conscious, and active in the political process. It is a "front porch" kind of neighborhood, where people know and watch out for each other.

Bethany Lutheran Church has not been demographically "in sync" with this demographic for some time. The congregation is older, more conservative, and outreach to the Longfellow area has been tentative. But this is changing!, as we make deliberate efforts to meet our neighbors, invite them to use our facilities, and share the love of Christ as we serve.

We are exploring many new ways of opening ourselves to this neighborhood, including a concentration on the creative process and finding ways to link this with the spiritual. We don't require membership or perfection in order to serve with us, we invite questions and together explore answers, and we look to God's presence in making our mission known both to ourselves and to those we hope to reach.

Currently, we have one worship service at 10:30 Sunday morning, using traditional liturgy and music. We will soon be exploring new ways of worship, and invite those with gifts in this area to consider joining us in the teaching congregation!
Congregation Keywords:urban, creative, redevelopment, in flux, exploring, feedback seeking, usually happy (I say "usually" , because honest is here also)

Mentor Pastor: Jo Bauman

Years in Ordained Ministry:just starting
Years in Current Position:1 year internship this congregation
Previous Students Supervised:interns in previous employment
Autobiography:"Pastor" is a new title for me... and a new career... my third. No, the first two were not failures! I felt led to new challenges, which is typical of how I approach life and faith. I started as an architect, doing mostly corporate interior architecture in the Twin Cities, and worked for 13 years in the field, including becoming "registered" which is an arduous testing process.

After architecture, I moved to a companion field for 17 years: marketing contract office furniture for Steelcase, in a 5 state territory with my brother as territory partner. I was not a direct sales person, but a liaison between manufacturer, client, designers, dealers, facilities managers, etc etc-- I have come to find out it was one of the best training for pastoring one could have! My job included negotiations, conflict management, customer service, marketing, presentations-- all skills which have been an integral part of parish ministry.

I loved both of my former careers, but I love ministry most of all. The ability to serve God within a community of faith is a gift. I use all that I've learned from past experiences to bring my best to this congregation, including a deep love of the arts and the creative process. I'm a "maker": I sew, embroider, do leather work, needlepoint, quilt, ….. and we are concentrating on the creative side as we "reimagine" Bethany's future.