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Global Vision - Spring 2014

View more articles in the Spring 2014 issue.

Contextual education provides unique view of God’s world

by Kathryn Ostlie-Olson, associate director of contextual learning

Practicing ministry and developing one's leadership in a particular context—whether in a congregation or in a faith-based organization—is central to the learning goals of contextual education at Luther Seminary. Add to that the opportunity to serve in ministry with our sisters and brothers in Christ a world away from the people, places and traditions with which you are familiar, and you begin to see God's work in the world with fresh eyes and an open heart.

In this issue of Global Vision, you can read about three students' experience with contextual education in an international setting. Two M.Div. students, Rebecca Gamble and Kyle Svennungsen are serving their pastoral internships overseas through the International Horizon Program administered by the ELCA's Global Mission. Both are preparing to serve as pastors in the United States.

Amelia Decker arranged her international contextual experience to learn about mission and leadership in New Zealand's Christian community. All three are being transformed by the relationships and experiences they are having while living and serving alongside God's people in different cultures and countries. They will learn to translate their learning into the congregations and communities they serve in the future.

The three following articles were originally featured in the Concord, Luther Seminary's student-run publication. Learn more about the Concord on its Facebook page