I’ve found a little book by George Mason titled
"Preparing the Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation’s Role in Training Clergy"
(Alban, 2012). Pr. Mason has led Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas since 1989. For the past 12 years Wilshire has hosted a pastoral residency program focused on mentoring young pastors in their first years after graduation from seminary. While the program is a distinctive one, mostly intended to help deepen pastoral formation for traditions without
In response to a number of questions received from cluster meetings, we report this from the Registrar’s Office:
The course schedules for the 2013-2014 academic year will be made available in early May 2013. Once spring semester grades have been received, reclassification of all students will occur (in June). Registration by class status for Fall Semester 2013 will begin July 9, 2013.
Interns Hannah Benedict, Kimberly Cassidy and Katie Slack enjoy playing with Hannah’s daughter Eve at the Northern Minnesota-North Dakota cluster meeting.
Supervisors Sue Koesterman-Peterson and Jim Gronbeck finish lunch at the Northern Minnesota-North Dakota cluster meeting.
Supervisor Steve Bonesho and Interns Paul Dean, Will Starkweather and Durk Thompson visit at the West Metro cluster meeting.
Interns Amanda Ullrich and Kris Isder get caught up at the Southwestern
I'd like to introduce myself as the new Director of Contextual Learning. Ironically, God must have had me in mind for this call—my office is already in the Contextual Learning suite in the 3rd floor tower of Northwestern Hall. I've been there since 2008 when I began at Luther as Assistant Professor of Worship. I'll continue to teach worship part-time, but will shift the bulk of my time to the Contextual Learning enterprise. I'm excited to join a superb and dedicated staff hard at work in the
After ten years of faithful service, Kate Sterner will be leaving the staff of Luther Seminary by mid-May. Kate has been a stalwart partner with us in the Contextual Learning department, our mainstay in dealing with applications and evaluations and all of those forms completed on-line, taking the jumbled mess passed on to her by others and converting it into the more polished “Ministry in Context” that you see, and shepherding diaconal students through their seminary program.
In response to a student question as to whether parsonage value was taxable if provided by the church, tax accountant Mark Friesen has provided this information:
Like other fringe benefits, free or discounted church-provided lodging is usually subject to income and other taxes. To determine the fair market value of the housing provided to an intern, the church may check local newspaper listings for comparable rental properties or ask a local realtor for an estimate of the property’s rental
As I write this I prepare to say good-bye to whatever vestige of mature, cultured, intellectual status I might have previously claimed, revealing myself to be a total slob. As if you didn’t already know.
Three tides converged at about the time I retired from full-time parish ministry:
My wife and I took ballroom dancing lessons.
I had more free time in the evening.
"Dancing With The Stars” became a TV hit.
What can I tell you? I confess to being a “Dancing With The Stars”
After Easter, cluster meetings begin! Here's the schedule:
April 9-10, at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, Wash. (Julie Josund)
Twin Cities First Year Concurrents
: April 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Luther Seminary, Northwestern Hall Room 230. (Steve McKinley)
Northern Minnesota-North Dakota Cluster:
April 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Hope Lutheran Church, South Campus, Fargo, N.D. (Steve McKinley)
Twin Cities West Cluster:
April 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Trinity Congregation/Augsburg College, Minneapolis,
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the Apostle is writing to a community for whom he has real affection. You’re familiar enough with Paul to realize that this love doesn’t preclude the occasional reprimand or extended harangue. Paul is not afraid to list what he calls the "works of the flesh."
It’s a pretty gnarly list—actions and attitudes, appetites and deeds that are destructive to community and to people—drunkenness and deceit, anger and anxiety. The chaos
Pastors work in a complex financial situation. Their salary is frequently public and is approved as part of the church budget process. In addition, they have a unique standing before the IRS, both as common law employees and as self-employed for Social Security purposes. The complexities that result are often not well understood by pastors or their tax advisors, and there are specialists in the tax preparation industry who work solely with clergy.
But student interns are not yet clergy!
It is important