Contact Information

Seminary Relations

NW 130 - Luther Seminary

semrel@luthersem.edu

651-641-3448 or 1-888-3LUTHER

Volunteer with Seminary Relations!

Ambassador
FRIENDS Board Member
Wednesday Volunteer

Ambassador

Department: Seminary Relations
Description: Engage in activities that will develop and nurture the relationship between your congregation and Luther Seminary. This involves communicating the mission of Luther Seminary within your congregation, publicizing information about seminary events and programs, sharing interesting parts of your congregation's ministry with the seminary, and helping to identify individuals in the church who have gifts for ministry and/or can share financial resources.
Purpose: The mission of Luther Seminary is to educate leaders for Christian communities. In order to be faithful to this calling, it is important to establish and nurture relationships with these communities. The Ambassdors Program is designed to do this.
Time Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours per month
Training: Ambassadors receive a Resource Guide and Training Manual, Ambassadors receive a quarterly, Events Calendar and Task Check-Off List, Ambassadors gather for a special event during Reformation Festival to learn about a specific part of seminary life and share experiences
Supervision: The Coordinator of Volunteer Programs manages the Ambassadors Program.
Desired Skills:
  • Commitment to the education of future leaders for the Christian church
  • Active member in your congregation.
  • Ability to work effectively with the leadership of your congregation.

FRIENDS Board Member

Department: Seminary Relations
Description: Attend meetings and actively participate in the planning of events sponsored by the FRIENDS.
Purpose: The FRIENDS organization has provided long-standing support for Luther Seminary. It is committed to prayer, service and sharing the mission of the seminary with the church at large. Their Endowed Scholarship Fund has provided financial assistance to students for many years. The faithful service and support of the FRIENDS has strengthened the work of this institution for the sake of the Christian church.
Time Commitment: Board meets 6 times per year for 2-3 hours. Assignments of responsibility for events sponsored by the organization vary. Limited annual positions available.
Training: As needed.
Supervision: The Coordinator of Donor Relations and the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs provide staff support for the FRIENDS Board.
Desired Skills:
  • Enthusiasm for Luther Seminary
  • Parliamentary procedure knowledge helpful but not required.
  • Desire to learn more about the work and life of Luther Seminary, its faculty, students and programs

Wednesday Volunteer

Department: Seminary Relations
Description: Regular, weekly volunteer tasks including, but not limited to, preparing mailings, folding napkins for special events, information packet assembly. Wednesday volunteers enjoy a complimentary lunch together in dining services at the completion of their work.
Purpose: Wednesday volunteers provide thousands of hours of work annually. Their work not only reduces labor costs for the seminary, but provides the opportunity to tend to details that communicate hospitality to guests. This job provides much camaraderie.
Time Commitment: Wednesday mornings as needed (usually weekly)
Training: On-the-job training as needed per assignment.
Supervision: Coordinator of Donor Relations provides needed management.
Desired Skills:
  • Flexibility
  • Cheerful spirit

 

Department: Global Mission Institute (GMI)
Description:
  • Be a friend to a new international student and/or that student's family.
  • Keep in regular contact with the student.
  • Invite the student to join family meals (special occasions, during breaks etc.).
  • Invite the student to worship with you whenever possible.
Purpose: Introduce Luther Seminary's international students to American life and encourage the exchange of faith, friendship, fellowship and culture. The student and host family will learn from each other and benefit from this experience.

The host family's role is to provide friendly support; you are not expected to provide financial support, nor deal with immigration, visa or employment problems that may arise.
Time Commitment: One year term, visits with students approximately once a month (flexible). Host families are encouraged to attend GMI events with their students on a periodic basis.
Training: One hour per year in late summer or early fall, before students arrive.
Supervision: The GMI office will follow-up with the host family. A written evaluation will be completed at the end of the academic year.
Desired Skills:
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Willingness
  • Hospitality
  • Availability