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Zion Lutheran church

Address:1697 Lafond Ave.
City:St. Paul
Baptized Membership:205
Confirmed Membership:148
Average Sunday Attendance:52
Paid Staff:Nirmala Reinschmidt
Access to Public Transit:at the corner of lafond and Aldine
Congregation Description:We are a neighborhood church focused on evangelism and service to the community. We are a 120 year old Lutheran congregation in the St.Paul Midway neighborhood which, like many churches in this area, had gradually declined in membership and worship attendance over the years. Three years ago we committed ourselves to a process of transformation to reverse this trend. We called a new pastor in September 2006 who is leading us forward in this process. We are trusting and depending on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us as we reach out to the neighborhood with the love of God and the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our worship style is liturgical and we are slowly blending some music into our worship. For the past three years we have been trying different worship styles to attract the young families from the neighborhood. We also have been focusing on Prayer and out reach activities to bring some visibility. For the past two years our inner city ministries have been expanding and the Lord is bringing families and children to be fed with the word of God. It's exciting to see how the Lord bless our ministries and provide resources to bring people to Christ.
Congregation Keywords:Our church is in urban setting and it is a multicultural congregation.

Mentor Pastor: Nirmala Reinschmidt

Years in Ordained Ministry:12
Years in Current Position:6
Previous Students Supervised:5
Autobiography:I grew up in India and raised in a christian family. I learnt lots about ministries from my father who is a Lutheran pastor. I was a senior High school teacher prior to coming to US for Theological studies. I graduated from Luther with M.Div in 1996 and M.Th in 1998. I was ordained in 2000. I was an associate pastor for six years at First Lutheran church of Crystal. Presently I am at Zion as a solo pastor. I am learning a lot about urban ministry. I am blessed by the gifts of contextual students for the past three years.