Since LuMin in St. Cloud’s ministry review was completed this past winter, I keep coming back to the image of a tree with thick, full branches and deep, sturdy roots. The hope of the board is that this ministry would be able to grow longer branches to provide a place of spiritual enrichment for more students, but to be able to do that we need to have a more established root system. Developing a root system will be the focus heading into the next academic year. The two areas we are concentrating on that will keep LuMin in St. Cloud well-supported and standing tall are consistent worship and reliable space.
Rooted in Worship
For the 2018-19 academic year LuMin in St. Cloud committed to gathering for more consistent worship. That commitment took shape as Second Sunday Dinner Church. Dinner Church is a liturgical and casual form of worship where a full dinner is served, communion is shared, and the sermon is conversational. The students and I enjoyed getting to engage the Gospel of Luke thoughtfully together, share homemade food, and lift up each other’s prayer concerns. To the right, the students and I are stamping pendants with a word that each person has chosen to guide them for the coming year, which is called the “one word” practice.
Rooted in Place
LuMin in St. Cloud is working toward securing rental office space on or near campus by the start of the 2019-20 academic year. Stay tuned for more information about our new space in the next newsletter! We hope that this space will make it easier for students to connect to the ministry and feel better supported in building community with one another and pursuing their student ministry projects.