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1 St. Peter, MN Completed: The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is intended for use by congregations and church-related organizations that are seeking to call an ordained or lay rostered minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or a First Call candidate for rostered ministry. Congregations must complete the entire MSP. Church-related organizations may, with the concurrence of the synod bishop, complete only the required sections (Part I, III and IV). Once complete, this form is submitted electronically to your synod bishop for review and posting to the Current Openings listing on the ELCA website ( PART I: WHO WE ARE Name and Location Summary Description Trinity is a dynamic, nurturing community of faith with a love of the past and an eagerness for the future. We are committed to an inter-generational ministry and are seeking an associate pastor with a passion for serving children, youth, and families of our congregation and our community. CONGREGATION CONGREGATION/MULTIPLE POINT PARISH/ ORGANIZATION NAME CONG ID St. Peter, MN, US CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY Southwestern Minnesota Synod (3F) Congregation - Organized 1892 SYNOD TYPE OF MINISTRY SITE YEAR ORGANIZED Small city (10,000-49,999) SIZE OF COMMUNITY Contact Information Ministry Site (preferred contact information) 511 South Fifth Street St. Peter, MN, US ADDRESS LINE 1 ADDRESS LINE 2 CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY rg (507) WEB SITE PHONE FAX Chairperson of Congregation or Head of the Organization Robert Broeder NAME 511 South Fifth Street St. Peter, MN, ADDRESS LINE 1 ADDRESS LINE 2 CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY (612) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL PHONE FAX US 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 1 of 11

2 Chairperson of Call or Search Committee Al Behrends NAME 511 South Fifth Street St. Peter, MN, ADDRESS LINE 1 ADDRESS LINE 2 CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY (507) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL PHONE FAX US Demographics Language Spoken In the congregation/ organization In the surrounding community Race/ Ethnicity (In the Congregation) English PRIMARY LANGUAGE SECOND LANGUAGE THIRD LANGUAGE English PRIMARY LANGUAGE SECOND LANGUAGE THIRD LANGUAGE Caucasian (95%) African American (5%) African American (0%) LARGEST SECOND THIRD FOURTH COMMENTS OR EXPLANATION Race/ Ethnicity (Surrounding Community) Caucasian (90%) Hispanic (5%) Other (5%) LARGEST SECOND THIRD FOURTH COMMENTS OR EXPLANATION Somali Gender comparison Age distribution 44% 56% 25% 15% 20% 15% 25% MALE FEMALE 19 YEARS OR YOUNGER OVER 65 Number of Paid Staff CLERGY LAY ROSTERED OTHER LAY PROFESSIONALS SECRETARIAL SUPPORT CUSTODIAL SUPPORT OTHER Congregational Information Single site 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 2 of 11

3 AVE WEEKLY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE AVE ATTENDANCE IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PARISH TYPE Distance members live from church facilities: 30% 40% 25% 5% 1/2 MILE OR LESS 1/2-1 MILE 1-3 MILES MORE THAN 3 MILES Community Type Bedroom community College or University Farming Inner City Mining/logging Ranching Industrial Resort Retirement Budget of the Congregation/ Organization 2017 LAST FISCAL YEAR $451,420 $9,794 TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR $29,315 $1,153,672 MISSION SUPPORT TO THE ELCA/ SYNOD FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TOTAL DEBT OF THE CONGREGATION/ ORGANIZATION AT THE END OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TOTAL SAVINGS, RESERVES, ENDOWMENT AT THE END OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR PART II: OUR VISION FOR MISSION Trends in the Community Context of the Congregation or Organization Characteristics: Write a description of your community in terms of socio-economic status, demographics, primary areas of employment and lifestyle. The Demographic ZIP Code report for your primary ZIP codes may be helpful. St. Peter is a progressive community with a population growth of 14.9% from Our city is 90% Caucasian, with small groups of Hispanics and Somalians. 89% of adults have a high school diploma; and 33.4% of persons over the age of 25 have a Bachelor's degree or higher. Employment stats: 33% in management, business, arts, or sciences; 26% are in service work; 24% in sales or office. Median family income is $61,000. Age groups: 28% under 20; 29% age 25-55; 14% over 62. Trends: List three changes or trends within the congregation or organization which have occurred in the last three to five years. 1. We have explored innovative ways to practice youth ministry, community outreach and discipleship and want to see these efforts grow. 2. Ministry in daily life has become more of a focus with programs such as "God's Work, Our Hands" and hosting "The Kitchen" which provides free meals to anyone in the community on Monday evenings. 3. We have been and continue to work at enhancing our youth programming, our Biblical literacy, and our worship services so that members, friends and visitors grow in faith. Context: List three ways that the community in which you are located has been challenged by change and transition in the last three to five years. 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 3 of 11

4 There has been a large influx in the school population that led to the construction of a new high school building which was completed in St. Peter's Middle School and Elementary School buildings also underwent major remodeling. There is currently a building boom in the construction of new rental units - both subsidized and unsubsidized. As with most communities our size, there is an effort to secure local jobs, even though we welcome those who are employed elsewhere and want to make St. Peter their home. Programs: Describe your congregation's or organization's current programs for mission and ministry. "God's Work, Our Hands", adult forums, worship at local nursing facilities, home visits, food-shelf, prayer chain, quilters, PraiseBand, Celebration Singers, PraiseBells, Joy! Choir, WELCA circles,vacation Bible School, Nicollet County Fair booth, Green Team, youth ministry (including annual mission trips for middle school and high school students), and The Kitchen (free meals are prepared and served Monday evenings at Trinity for anyone in the community). Goals: What are the primary goals of your ministry site (please refer to any Strategic Plan that has been adopted). 1. Nurture and support the youth by sharing our Christian faith with them. 2. Engage members in ministry beyond Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evening worship (local servant opportunities). 3. Create opportunities for all generations to interact and have fellowship. Energy: What is your congregation or organization really excited about right now? Trinity is blessed with friendly people who are committed to their faith. We have strong involvement of our youth both in numbers and enthusiasm. Trinity also has a strong music program, including choirs and a variety of instrumentalists who are encouraged to share their musical gifts to enhance worship. We are excited about the opportunity to have new people with new ideas and approaches to stimulate our congregation and help to create excitement about our mission. In May of 2018 we celebrated the retirement of our building debt and created a Church Building Fund. Partnership: How does this congregation or organization see itself as a member and active participant in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the synod? Trinity has always taken an active part in the Synod and Churchwide organization. We are strong financial supporters of the Synod; we have individuals participating in WELCA triennial meetings; National youth gatherings; South Africa Companion Synod and our partnership with our sister conference/circuit; Green Lake Bible Camp. Trinity sponsors a missionary serving in South Africa. We have also been a recipient of the "Servant of Christ" award from LSS of Minnesota. 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 4 of 11

5 Ministry Site Characteristics A LOT LIKE US AS A COMMUNITY A LITTLE A LITTLE LIKE US LIKE US A LOT LIKE US We tend to be formal and programmatic. We tend to be informal and spontaneous. We have clearly defined goals and plans for our future. We have no stated goals or plans. We are racially and economically diverse. We are demographically homogeneous. We welcome ideas that are provoking and challenging. OUR LEADERSHIP STYLE We prefer ideas that are tried and true. We rely on our leaders for direction. We rely on group decision-making. We have learned how to use conflict constructively. Our facilities are often used by community groups. We tend to perceive conflict as something destructive. OUR PROGRAMMING Our facilities are only used for our activities. We train people to minister outside our walls. We train people to minister inside our walls. We focus on ideas and beliefs. We focus on skills and action. We are obviously Lutheran in identify and practice. OUR THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE We are less obvious about our Lutheran heritage. We participate in synod and ELCA activities. We are not very active in the synod and ELCA. We focus on Biblical studies and doctrine. We focus on contemporary issues and topics. 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 5 of 11

6 Purpose, Giftedness and Mission Purpose Giftedness Mission How does this congregation or organization understand its reason for being in the light of God's call to mission and service? Who are you? Why are you here? Trinity is: A worshiping community gathered in prayer and praise to the living God revealed to us a Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A teaching community committed to growing in and handing on Christian faith, especially as experienced in our Lutheran heritage. A discipling community intentionally following Jesus Christ in all that we are and with all that we have. A serving community, reaching out to needy neighbors in Christ's love and service. A "family" immersed in God's grace - enjoying and serving one another. What are your gifts and resources for fulfilling this purpose? What are the congregation s or organization's top three assets and how are they being used? Are there obstacles that must be overcome to be able to use these gifts and accomplish the mission? 1. We have been referred to as the "Community's Church" because of the many activities that our church hosts. Examples include, AA meetings, Preschool testing, Financial Peace University classes, Monday evening free meals (The Kitchen), St. Peter Chorale Society, and Habitat for Humanity. 2. A college of the ELCA, Gustavus Adolphus College, is located only blocks away and offers a wealth of resources that have enriched our programs. 3. We offer both traditional and contemporary worship experiences for members and visitors. In light of the way you have described your ministry context in this Ministry Site Profile, what are the top three mission priorities which, if accomplished, hold the most promise for the continued development of this ministry? Trinity is a community of faith where people are invited to GATHER joyfully into the presence of the Father, inspired to GROW into passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to GO out and serve the world. 1. We are committed to increasing our worship attendance, membership, and stewardship. 2. We support our youth and provide encouragement to our young people. 3. We reach out to the community with our welcoming spirit and our continued contributions to the St. Peter community through the "Kitchen" meal," food-shelf support, and the use of our church building. References Synodical Bishop Rev. Jon Anderson Southwestern Minnesota Synod NAME SYNOD (507) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Inside Congregation or organization Pei-loh Lo Vice President of Congregation NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE (507) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Outside Congregation or organization 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 6 of 11

7 Todd Prafke St. Peter City Administrator NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE (507) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Member of the ELCA Clergy roster Nate Luong (former associate pastor), Sleepy Eye, MN, Pastor NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE (651) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Anyone else who knows your setting well Trish Reedstrom (former intern/interim pastor) Christ the King Lutheran, Mankato, MN, Pastor NAME SYNOD (507) DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX PART III: LEADERSHIP NEEDS The Leader we Seek Roster Type: Minister of Word and Sacrament Minister of Word and Service In Candidacy/First Call Associate / Assistant Pastor Master's Degree (seminary or graduate school) Full time call POSITION TYPE: MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIRED: FULL TIME/PART TIME: Language Proficiencies English/Fluent PRIMARY LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) SECOND LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) THIRD LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) Experience: 0-3 years 4-9 years years years 21 + years Top Five Ministry Tasks The five most critical tasks required in this position. Administration Building a Sense of Community Campus / Young Adult Ministry Chaplaincy Children's Ministry Christian Education Communications/ Media Community Organizing Conflict Management 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 7 of 11

8 Counseling/ Social Work Early Childhood Administration Ecumenical Work Evangelism/ Mission Financial Management Global Service Innovation / Creativity Interim Ministry Interpret Theology Inter-personal Climate Ministry in Crisis Ministry in Daily Life Ministry with Seniors Multicultural Ministry Music / Worship / Arts Outdoor/ Camping Ministry Parish Nurse / Health Participant in the Larger Church Pastoral Care and Visitation Preaching / Worship Public Policy / Advocacy Recruit and Equip Leaders Self Care / Family Life Small Group Ministry Social Ministry Spiritual Formation / Direction Stewardship Strategic Mission Planning Teaching Volunteer Coordination Youth and Family Ministry Gifts for Ministry The five gifts essential in this position, and the five that are very helpful in this position. Top Priority Help people develop their spiritual life. Help people understand and act upon issues of social justice. Provide care and nurture. Be active in visitation of members and non-members. Be effective in working with children. Build a sense of community among the people with whom he/she works. Help others develop their leadership abilities and skills for ministry. Be an effective administrator. Be an effective communicator. Be an effective teacher. Encourage support of the Church's wider mission. Work regularly in the development of stewardship growth. Be active in ecumenical relationships. Be effective in working with youth. Organize people for community action. Be skilled in planning and leading programs. Have a strong commitment and loyalty to the Lutheran Church. Understand and interpret the mission of the Church from a global perspective. Deal effectively with conflict. Bring joy and good humor to relationships. Be able to share leadership and work in a team. Be creative and innovative about his or her tasks. Very Helpful 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 8 of 11

9 Be able to use technology and media. Appreciate cultural diversity in language and customs. Have talents in the areas of music, arts and writing. Mutual Expectations Please list the five primary areas of activity or focus that you wish your newly-called rostered leader to give special attention to during the first year of his or her ministry at this congregation or organization: A. provide leadership and develop relationships with the children, youth, and families of the congregation B. be directly involved in Christian Education with emphasis on Confirmation C. prepare sermons that are clearly presented to inspire our members D. work with staff, committees and teams to develop a professional and cooperative unit E. develop relationships with our members as a spiritual leader Please list the five ways that this congregation / organization will support and encourage the rostered leader during the first year in order to help her or him accomplish these responsibilities: A. Trinity Church Council B. Parental support of youth programs C. Staff members dedicated to building a working team D. Support of the Council and Committees E. Prayer and faith of all our members Compensation No PARSONAGE SOCIAL SECURITY TAX OFFSET Synod Guidelines MAXIMUM AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR DEFINED COMPENSATION Benefits 4 weeks PENSION MEDICAL VACATION WEEKS No SABBATICAL POLICY PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY ARE BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED Professional Expenses AUTO / TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT PROFESSIONAL EXPENSES ACCOUNT 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 9 of 11

10 FIRST CALL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION CONTINUING EDUCATION Comments: Please offer any comment or explanation regarding the compensation package, especially as it compares to synodical recommendations or guidelines. The Council will be considering a sabbatical policy in the near future. Other Supporting Resources Are you able to supply the following items, if requested? Mission and Vision statement of the congregation or organization Printed history of the congregation or organization Strategic Plan: Goals and Objectives Budget Annual Report Position description: Duties and Responsibilities Communications Piece (publicity, newsletter, etc.) PART IV: COMMENTARY You are encouraged to offer information or commentary that will help the reader appreciate the vision, opportunities, challenges and nature of your ministry site. Use this opportunity to creatively promote and commend your ministry possibilities. Trinity Lutheran is a congregation with five key core values to guide our mission. 1. Nurturing Community - A congregation that cares for one another, welcoming all as full partners in our worship, sacraments, mission, work and service. 2. Building Biblical Fluency - A congregation centered on the Holy Scripture as our foundation, and providing opportunities to learn God's Word. 3. Serving Others - A congregation reaching beyond ourselves to answer God's call by caring for others. 4. Living Our Faith - A congregation living our faith in our daily lives through our actions. 5. Engaging Worship - A congregation praising God with our worship each week, reflecting the needs and wants of our members. To support us as we live out our values, we seek an associate pastor with a passion for children, youth, and family ministry. Once this is accomplished, we hope to move forward in our work of furthering God's kingdom. PART V: COMPLETION OF PROFILE Discernment Process and Adoption Please describe the process used to gather information, formulate responses, and officially adopt this Ministry Site Profile. (Approximately 100 words maximum). 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 10 of 11

11 During the summer of 2013, the congregation met in small groups to discuss a survey sent to every member. This process was guided by the Transition Team. Their summary report, along with the raw data was then submitted to the church council, and passed on to the Call Committee for the purpose of calling our Lead Pastor. That call was issued and accepted in June of Trinity's Council and Lead Pastor used that material and also had extensive conversations in order to create the MSP for the process of calling our Associate Pastor/Children, Youth and Families. That MSP was adopted by the Council in March of Because the model of Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor/Children, Youth, and Families has worked well, the Council chose to continue this staff structure. The Council and Lead Pastor worked together in creating this MSP. Enter the date on which this Ministry Site Profile was adopted by vote of the Congregation Council or organization's board: 10/9/2018 CALL PROCESS ADMINISTRATOR The name of the person on the synod staff that the bishop has designated as the Call Process Administrator for this call process. Pastor Stephen Cook NAME Synod Minister TITLE (507) OFFICE PHONE Reference's Recommendation Pastor Nate Luong NAME DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE (651) CELL FAX 10/17/2018 5:25:16 PM Page 11 of 11

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