Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Finding blessing in the ordinary

The extraordinary season of Lent and Easter is over. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Now we enter into the Easter season, which can seem to be a strangely ordinary season. Not as many festivals. Not such depths, nor soaring heights. Of course, the Ascension is yet to come, but in the lives of most congregations things are calming down a bit as they settle into being Easter people.

If you are midway into your internship year, you may feel this

Worship is cancelled, it's the intern's fault, and it is a good thing!

On Sunday, May 22, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hill Village, Colorado, is canceling two of its worship services in order to provide members and guests with a service opportunity. If someone shows up to worship at the usual 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. worship hours, they may find the building empty. A sign will say that worship is cancelled at these times and that the congregation has joined the service in the neighborhoods of the community.

"Be the Blessing Day!" is Intern

Consultation on concurrent internship

Historically concurrent internships (half time internships lasting 21 months) have been rare, with only two or three underway at any time. However, as we look at the present and the future, we see concurrents becoming more common to accommodate the diverse situations and needs of both students and congregations. Recently members of the Contextual Leadership staff gathered with a small group of current concurrent interns and supervisors to discuss

New supervisor training

Now that internship placements for 2011-12 have been made, the Contextual Learning staff will welcome new supervisors to Luther's campus May 10-11. During the event we will learn both about the art and mechanics of supervising an intern.

We will begin with chapel on Tuesday, as Rick Foss and former Contextual Learning interim director, Gary Wilkerson, will lead worship and a rite of sending for interns and others going out into new ministries.

So what do pastors do?

When our children were young they all enjoyed one of those delightfully intricate Richard Scarry books, What Do People Do All Day? This book introduced them to the great spectrum of work done inside and outside the home every day. My grandchildren are about ready for it now.

I sometimes think that the first question to be answered on internship is, "What do pastors do all day?" The average person might be a faithful participant in the life of a congregation,

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster: May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minn. (Rick Foss)

Southeastern Minnesota Cluster: May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Twin Cities Metro East Cluster: May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Augustana Lutheran Church, West St.

Photo Album

Interns and Pastors at the Oregon-Vancouver, WA Cluster gather with Oregon Synod Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke: Front row: Jim Stender, Tom Dodds, Julie Josund-LS, Donna Duensing-PLTS, Chris Kramer. Back row: Doug Dobson, Vallory Williams, Angela Nelson, Jeremiah, Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Scott, Jon Strasman, Eric Hoffer, Kristen Rice, Chris Nolte.


Arizona cluster meeting 4/5/2011 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Gold Canyon: Back row: Pastor Mark Halvorson, Pastor Mark