Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Trust is essential

"This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy."   (I Corinthians 4:1-2)

This text from the ELCA ordination service is a deep reminder of who and whose we are as Christians and as pastors. And it is a clear word that, while a faithful and effective pastor can be "not so good" at many things, one cannot be "not so good" at being trustworthy.

An intern's words to the community

Antonio Spargo, intern at Trinity, Owatonna, MN, wrote this article for the Owatonna People's Press just before Christmas. Good work, Antonio!

Save the trees!

The CL office is running out of file space—and you can help! Once you've submitted your mid-year and final evaluations online, all we need from you are the signed signature pages that accompany them. There's no need for you to print and submit the entire evaluation form; we can access that portion online ourselves. So please think of our files (and consider the trees) when you go to print your evaluations, and just go for the signature pages!

A present that gave guilt

I got this marvelous present for Christmas a few weeks ago, but now it is driving me crazy and, more than that, causing me to examine my life in a way that is not flattering.

The gift was a portable GPS unit to go in my car. Perfect. On the one hand I love technological gizmos and had admired GPS units for several years. On the other hand I am cheap, and have never been willing to spring to buy one for myself. So it came as a Christmas gift. Perfect.

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Spring seems far away, past the end of January, but you should be marking your calendars now for Spring Cluster Meetings. The time does fill up!

Colorado Cluster: March 15, at Littleton, Colo. (Julie Josund)

Oregon Cluster: April 26-27, at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities Metro West Cluster: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May