As the latest intern Vicar, in a long line of interns (I believe I’m #10!), I wanted to update you on some logistics regarding my learning and growing…
First, like the interns before me, I have an internship committee comprised of several members of the congregation. They are available to me for perspective, discussion, feedback, and support and I can tell you – they have been absolutely fabulous! We meet each month and I value their insights as we continue along in this learning process. They are also available to you as well – they are a resource and a liaison – if you want to give them any feedback, ask questions, pass along an idea – whatever! Please reach out to them!
The internship committee members are: Cara & Jason Evanchen; John & Tina Gray; Bruce, Elizabeth, & Matthew Hoffman; Erika & Mike Lamont; Peg Steele; and Roy Truemper. Thank you to all of you for your warmth, openness, engagement and for the investment of your time!!
Second, I continue to take seminary classes alongside my internship here. So far this academic year, I’ve taken: “Being Lutheran in America,” “Addiction & Faith in Ministry,” “History and Theology of Pentacostalism” and I’ve just started studying “Pauline Theology” – the study of Paul’s letters. You may hear about these topics from time to time in sermons or in adult education classes, but I’m happy to discuss them with you more casually as well!
Third, I go to a monthly seminar (not required by the seminary), called “Healthy Congregations” which is a leadership series whose tagline is “Growing Thoughtful Leaders for a Stronger Church”. Dr. Emlyn Ott from Trinity Lutheran Seminary is our leader and facilitator in this process as we look at systems theory and how it applies to congregations, as well as our own families. It’s been very helpful and enlightening!
So, that’s the update on me in terms of my learning and growing. I like to read, learn, and then apply that learning – so it’s fun for me! I look forward to continuing to learn and grow alongside all of you!
Peace & joy,