My name is Rev. Emily Meyer and I am thrilled to be the new Director of the Ministry Lab!
The start of a New Year, and this new Season of Epiphany (I write this on January 6), seem the perfect time to introduce myself and some new and expanded ways the Ministry Lab might serve you and your congregation.
I am an ordained pastor in the ELCA. I have served congregations in suburban, ex-urban and rural Minnesota. I interned in touristy Seaside, OR and served as pastor of the Lutheran retreat center, Holden Village (2003-2005). Most recently, I created and served as director of a multi-congregational Affirmation of Baptism program for Minneapolis and St Paul Area congregations. In each setting, I have been blessed to work alongside creative, wise and innovative church folk. And in each setting I have experienced the challenges of doing “something new” or “something different”.
My career has not been solely ELCA-oriented: I obtained my second Masters (MART) from United Theological Seminary in 2009, received certification for Contemplative Prayer Small Group and Retreat Leadership from Shalem Institute (Washington, DC; 2011) and Mindfulness Facilitator training from Mindful Schools (2017); I have written and directed Christmas pageants, shared in confirmation programming, and co-facilitated a Meditation and Contemplative Practices group for my neighborhood UCC congregation (Linden Hills UCC, Minneapolis) and prepared, led worship and preached for other UCC congregations. I have spent the last six years serving as the Costume Director for Southwest High School in Minneapolis, where I have also taught Mindfulness and Dance.
I am excited to bring my years of eclectic experiences to the Ministry Lab, where I hope to put them to use on behalf of innovative ministries throughout our three denominational expressions: UCC, UMC, & PC(USA). I intend to carry on Lizabeth’s fantastic resourcing through Six New Things (watch for a new post every Tuesday!) and I will be honored to consult with clergy, program directors, teachers, worship planners, musicians, etc., etc., etc., toward enlivening congregational learning, outreach, service and worship. Watch for an online “Introductions” form (I hope to post it soon!) which will enable me to prep materials and ideas for you before you arrive! Our newly extended hours (Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM; and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM) include the opportunity for Wednesday evening or Sunday morning consults in your own setting, too!
Also new to the Ministry Lab in 2020: I’ll work with seminary staff and students – and other thinkers, doers and idea-havers – to facilitate timely workshops that empower and equip both rostered and lay leaders. I encourage folks to let me know what workshops would be useful, and/or how we might share ideas, projects, writings or experiences to benefit the Body of Christ. We’ll send out a survey to this end via our judicatory offices within the next week or so. Your responses will enable me to provide workshops and other resources most helpful to your needs.
I look forward to meeting folks via a consult – either in the Ministry Lab, located in the UTS Library (be aware of parking instructions before you arrive!) or in your setting.
Contact me at: email@example.com or 651.894.2927 to make an appointment or share ideas.
I look forward to working with you to let the Light and Love of Christ spread throughout the region! Blessed Epiphany!