Rufus grew up in Liberia, became a refugee during Liberia's political unrest, and lived in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Today, he is a Luther Seminary MDiv and serves as the Intern Pastor at Como Park Lutheran with Pastor Martin Ericson. In this column, Rufus shares his experiences interning in a culturally unfamiliar context.
I see my internship as an opportunity for me and the Church for us to get to know each other, understand each other, …
Two of our congregational partners have new job opportunities available!
Kids Choir Director
Shepherd of the Hills, Edina MN
Shepherd of the Hills, a growing, community-focused congregation is seeking a children's choir director. Our Elementary age students gather on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 for 30min of art followed by 30min of music. The hour-long program is called, "WAM" (Worship, Art, Music). In addition to Wednesday evenings the kids choir is scheduled to offer a musical piece in worship on …
Conflict with an Internship Supervisor: Learning and Growing Nonetheless
Perhaps you are now finding yourself in a relationship that is tense. Whether you are an intern or a supervisor, there are very real challenges when the visions of two people called to preach the Gospel of Christ do not match up. What do we do with the dissonance and hurt that comes with a shattering of expectations of a year in ministry together?
My supervisor left just after the mid-point of my internship. He prepared me …
All Teaching Congregations paperwork was due October 16!
If you have not submitted your Learning Agreement for this year, please email that to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you are able.
Our CPE Q & A sessions are now over; get your ACPE applications in by Thanksgiving!
We are now finished hosting CPE Q & A sessions. Best of luck to all of you as you prepare your CPE applications. Getting them finished by Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb; don't hesitate to reach out to email@example.com for help.
New cross-cultural experiences are now available!
Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?
Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671
April Winebrenner-Palo is the new Program Administrative Assistant and Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual Learning Department. She will support all facets of the Contextual Learning curriculum, assist in the leadership of the Teaching Congregations program and serve as the primary contact person for Contextual Learning’s congregational partners.
This is what April has to say about herself:
My name is April Winebrenner-Palo. My academic background lies in …
Another internship year is about to start. Is your Lay Internship Committee ready?
- Prepare to welcome your new intern and their family, if they have one. Someone from your committee or staff should be appointed to coordinate this welcoming time. The intern will need a contact person who can field questions dealing with basic "getting settled" issues, such as housing and transportation. Don't just assume it's the pastor or other staff member. Make sure you KNOW who's handling this. Be organized. …
Twin Cities West Metro: October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley)
Washington-Alaska-Montana Cluster: October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)
Southeastern Minnesota: October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley)
Northern Minnesota-North Dakota: October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen)
Southwestern Minnesota: October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the …