Prest ved Mindekirken i Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Mindekirken a Norwegian church?
- How is Mindekirken funded?
- How large is the congregation?
- What other programs does the church sponsor?
- What are the duties and responsibilities of the pastor?
- What are the pastor’s work hours?
- What is the compensation, including salary and benefits?
- How long of a stay should I be willing to commit to?
- What qualities are you looking for in a pastor?
- What housing is available?
- What type of visa do I need to work in the U.S. as a pastor?
- What are the steps of the application process?
- Who are the church staff?
- How has Mindekirken responded to COVID-19?
- What is the neighborhood around the church like?
- What is Norway House? How is it related to Mindekirken?
- What are the transportation options in Minneapolis?
- What schools are in the area?
- What are the particular challenges that face Mindekirken?
- How do I contact Mindekirken?
1. Is Mindekirken a Norwegian church?
Den Norske Lutherske Mindekirke, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, is a member of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It is influenced by liturgical traditions from the Church of Norway and is under the patronage of His Majesty King Harald V. Mindekirken is not affiliated with the Church of Norway or Sjømannskirken. More information about Mindekirken
2. How is Mindekirken funded?
Mindekirken is a self—supporting congregation, meaning we are dependent on the financial contributions of members and others to support the operating budget, including salaries and all other expenses. Mindekirken is a member of the ELCA but does not receive any financial support from them.
3. How large is the congregation?
Mindekirken has 435 full and associate members distributed over 300 different households. Many of our members are committed to supporting the church activities and committees with volunteer time. Many are also active in Norwegian cultural organizations. The average weekly attendance is about 16 for the English service and about 60 for the Norwegian Service. Our monthly newsletter, The Communicator, is mailed to over 1200 households in the area and around the country, as well as some in Norway. https://www.mindekirken.net/index.php/news-media/communicator-news.
4. What other programs does the church sponsor?
The Norwegian Language and Culture Program teaches Norwegian at different levels, from beginner classes up to conversational level, with approximately 100 participants each week. Additionally, the Tuesday Open House program brings an average of 110 members and visitors to the church on Tuesdays for lunch and a program by a guest speaker, usually on a topic related to Norwegian heritage or culture. Mindekirken hosts the annual 17. mai parade in Minneapolis, and many other cultural activities. See a list of our cultural activities by click on this link: https://www.mindekirken.net/index.php/17-events
5. What are the duties and responsibilities of the pastor?
The duties and responsibilities, and other details of the job requirements are listed in the job description. You can find the pastor's job description following the link below.
6. What are the pastor’s work hours
This is a full-time position. The Pastor shall schedule approximately eight hours per week as regular office hours to be present in the office and accessible to congregation members. These office hours shall be published.
7. What is the compensation, including salary and benefits?
The salary will be negotiated between the candidate and the personnel committee of the church. In addition to a salary, we provide health insurance, a housing allowance, transportation allowance and paid vacation. The pastor is normally paid $100 to $150 extra for their services for funerals and weddings. The church offers assistance with moving costs associated with the transition from Norway to Minneapolis and back again. There are two weeks per year for professional development at an institution of your choice within Minnesota. There are excellent institutions of higher learning within reasonable distance from Mindekirken including the University of Minnesota, community colleges and seminaries. Back to Top
8. How long of a stay should I be willing to commit to?
The minimum length of the call is for 3 years. Back to Top
9. What qualities are you looking for in a pastor?
Mindekirken recently conducted a congregational survey to determine important skills and areas of focus for our next pastor. The attributes viewed as most important are being a good communicator, ability to build a sense of community, and being effective in working with children and youth. The areas of focus that were most important to the congregation are preaching/worship, pastoral care and visitation, ministry with seniors, and ministry in daily life.
10. What housing is available?
The pastor will choose their private residence. A housing allowance is provided.
11. What type of visa do I need to work in the U.S. as a pastor?
This depends on how long you plan to stay, and whether you have a spouse that wishes to work in the US. We have experience in this area and can advise and facilitate this process.
12. What are the steps of the application process?
Fill out the online Application Form including relevant attachments. After receiving your application, we will notify you of a timetable for next steps. Those applicants who are asked to interview with us will be asked to provide a copy of a video taped sermon, and to participate in telephone conference calls with the Call Committee. We will schedule these calls with the seven hour time difference in mind. Norway time is seven hours ahead of Minneapolis time.
13. Who are the church staff?
The church office has been wonderfully managed by Kaia Knutson for many years. She is very capable in all sorts of office tasks and is fluent in Norwegian. She is a church member. John DeHaan and Jordan Bucholz, are Co-Music Directors. John De Haan is the choir director. He is a highly accomplished musician and will be an important partner for the pastor in selecting worship service music. Jordan Bucholz is our professional organist and also helps in choosing music for the services. There are a number of part-time support staff, including a bookkeeper and building manager. https://www.mindekirken.net/index.php/about-us/our-staff
14. How has Mindekirken responded to COVID-19?
Mindekirken follows state and local safety guidelines. Sunday services have been online only since mid-March, and are broadcast over YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClz9J1SIqsIi_KYgzdXdHAg]. Most committee meetings are held over Zoom. The Preparedness Team has developed guidelines for safety precautions for those activities that need to take place at the church, and a reopening plan for when in-person activities become safe again.
15. What is the neighborhood around the church like?
The church is located in an inner-city neighborhood near the center of Minneapolis. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul make up a thriving metropolitan area known for its highly respected education system, advanced medical technology, a wide variety of recreational opportunities, beautiful parks, walking paths, cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, clean air and water, and good-natured, friendly people. Approximately 2.5 million people live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Generally winters are cold and the summers are longer and warmer than Norway. The Twin Cities area is home to several educational institutions such as the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Augsburg College and Luther Seminary. Performing art centers include Orchestra Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center. The Twin Cities are known as the cultural center of the Upper Midwest. For more information, please click on Explore Minnesota. https://www.exploreminnesota.com
16. What is Norway House? How is it related to Mindekirken?
Norway House is our nearest neighbor, and we share some facilities, such as our parking lot. Norway House and Mindekirken are separate organizations. For more information about Norway House, see their website at https://www.norwayhouse.org.
17. What are the transportation options in Minneapolis?
A transportation allowance is part of the compensation package. This can be used for a car, bike or public transportation. The Twin Cities has a bus and light rail system which works well near the city centers, but may not be an efficient way to get around in the suburbs. Minneapolis also has an extensive bicycle route network.
18. What schools are in the area?
Public schools for children age 5-18 in the Twin Cities are very good and are free of charge. Minnesota has many excellent colleges and universities. Augsburg College has strong ties to Norwegian culture, and St. Olaf College has a Norwegian language program. Both serve lutefisk in the cafeteria at Christmas.
19. What are the particular challenges that face Mindekirken?
We continue to strive to build a widening circle of fellowship among Scandinavians in the region. At the same time, our own neighborhood is home to a wide variety of ethnic communities, including many immigrant groups and a large Native American community. We face the challenge of maintaining cultural and historical continuity in a changing social and economic scene; with each succeeding generation of Norwegian-Americans comes a new set of interests that we wish to appeal to, so that more will think of us as their church-home.
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(Revised December 8 2020)