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  • 1. The Call Process South Dakota Synod Support to Ministries
  • 2. We join together to call your next pastor Last Revision August 2010
  • 3. Step One
    • Inform Synod
    • You are not alone in this awesome task! The synod staff and support to ministries committee will walk with you through the process. Your congregation with others in your conference has elected a conference dean and a lay person who help make up this committee.
    The information that follows, and that in your packet, has been designed to assist your congregation in the steps necessary to seek a new pastor. Last Revision August 2010
  • 4. Step Two
    • Arrange for pastoral assistance during the transition
      • Synod provides pulpit supply list of interim or lay people available
        • Supply pastors list is available for congregations from the synod office for congregations seeking a pastor/rostered leader for short terms. Congregations make contact with pastors directly.
        • Lay persons available for pulpit supply list is available for congregations seeking an individual to preach and lead worship on a Sunday morning. Congregations make contact with individuals directly.
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 5. Step Two (continue)
    • Arrange for assistance (continued)
      • Synod office may suggest an interim minister for contract outside the call
        • An interim ministry following the resignation or retirement of a congregation’s pastor can assist a congregation with a transition following an extended pastorate and the resolution of recent or long-term conflicts. This ministry is done by a person who has received special interim ministry training.
        • There are two general types of interim ministry.
          • Supply Interim—a typical interim usually follows pastoral retirement or resignation.
          • Intentional Interim— an intentional interim follows a pastoral retirement or resignation that was preceded by a long and difficult period of congregational conflict or as a result of a disciplinary action.
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 6. Step Three
    • Learn about your congregation and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading
      • Be in prayer
      • Form a call committee* based on congregational constitution
      • Review congregational constitution(s) and/or parish agreement
      • Complete a ministry site profile about your parish
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 7. *Call Committee Guidelines
    • Confidentiality requirement of all members
    • Ethical behavior
    • Name a chairman/contact person
      • (generally the same)
    • Committee facilitates work of the process
    • See appendix of “Call Process” booklet
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 8. 2010 Partners ~ Support to Ministries Committee Members
    • Northern Plains Conference
      • Rev. Patrick Hahn
      • St. Paul Lutheran
      • Bowdle SD 57428-2022
      • Bonnie Smith
      • Pollock SD 57648-0096
    • Southeastern Conference
      • Rev. Lance R. Lindgren, Chair
      • Vangen Lutheran
      • Mission Hill SD 57046-2003
      • Pat Norin
      • Centerville SD 57014-6515
    • Prairie Coteau Conference
      • Rev. Kristin E. Ostercamp
      • St. John’s Lutheran
      • Webster SD 57274-0036
      • Norma Kearney
      • Watertown SD 57201-4433
    • Prairie Rivers Conference
      • Rev. Mindy J. Ehrke
      • Salem Lutheran
      • Mt Vernon SD 57059-5715
      • Hannah Fleming
      • Stickney SD 57XXX
    • Bear Butte Conference
      • Rev. Michael J. Fox
      • Grace Lutheran
      • Sturgis SD 57785-0577
      • Vacant
    • Medary Conference
      • Rev. Randall S. (Randy) Koeller
      • American Lutheran
      • De Smet SD 57231-0031
      • Cheryl Brekke
      • Willow Lake SD 57278-5411
    • Crossroads Conference
      • Rev. Kathleen R. Soldwisch
      • Christ Lutheran
      • Salem SD 57058-0248
      • Donna Kniffen
      • Lennox SD 57039-2064
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 9. Step Four
    • Complete ministry site study
      • Representatives from support to ministry meet with your congregation
      • Congregation share with support to ministries about the kind of ministry they want and need
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 10. Step Five
    • Candidates names and profiles
      • Synod staff and members of support to ministries consider and submit possible names
      • Candidates are contacted by synod for consideration of ministry site and permission to submit their profile
      • Candidates accept and profile sent to the call committee for review
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 11. Step Six
    • Call committee reviews profiles
      • The call committee considers the profiles of candidate(s)
      • The call committee interview(s) candidate phone and/or in person
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 12. Step Seven
    • Interview process
      • Call committee interviews candidate(s)
      • Candidate(s) interviews congregation
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 13. Step Eight
    • Prayer and reflection
      • All should be in prayer reflecting on the will for the congregation
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 14. Step Nine
    • Call committee recommends candidate to council
    • Council acts on recommendation
      • Council approves candidate/interview
        • Calls for Congregational meeting
      • Council rejects candidate
        • Returns to profiles
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 15. Step Ten
    • Congregational meeting
      • Congregation meet and greet
      • Congregation votes
      • Candidate is informed of decision
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 16. Step Eleven
    • Candidate discerns
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 17. Step Twelve
    • Installation
      • The call process complete
      • The pastor and congregation begin their mutual commitment to do ministry together
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 18. Together in ministry
    • Thanks be to God for the partnership of congregation, pastor, and synod!
      • Continue to be in support
        • Pastor and congregation
        • Congregation and synod
        • Synod and pastor/rostered leader
    Last Revision August 2010
  • 19. Working together in Ministry Support to Ministries continues to be with you as you walk together in ministry Coaching Collegiality Deans Discernment Mobility Forms Delivery of Names Interviewing, Discernment Negotiation, Call Parish Profile Lay/Congregation Presidents Parish Study Coaching, Training Support Last Revision August 2010
  • 20. Thanks Be to God for the partnership of congregation, pastor, and synod!