Information for Congregations in Call Process
The purpose of the Support to Ministries Committee of the South Dakota Synod is to walk with congregations as they begin, work through, and complete the search for new church leadership. The committee is represented by each of the seven conferences of the South Dakota Synod, one ordained and one lay representative from each conference.
Download the Call Process Booklet
Steps in Seeking a New Pastor
Instructions: Click headings below for more information and resources.
Click here for a list of Call Process Resources.
1. Inform the synod office of your pastoral/rostered minister opening.
▼ 2. Arrange for pastoral/rostered minister assistance during transition
Parish council president contacts the synod office to arrange Interim ministry
Lists of contacts available for interim and pulpit supply:
Consult with Synod staff about the option of a Vice Pastor:
▼ 3. Learn about yourself and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading
- Download Devotions For Congregations In Call Process (from SWMN Synod)
- Create a call committee according to your constitution representing members in your parish
▼ 4. Ministry site study (formally called parish study)
- Representatives from the synod office and your conference meet with your congregation
- Your congregation tells Support to Ministries about the kind of ministry you want and need
▼ 5. Candidates names and profiles
- Synod staff and members of Support to Ministries Committee consider possible names
- Candidate profiles are sent to the call committee for review.
▼ 6. Call committee reviews profiles
- The call committee considers the profiles of candidate(s)
▼ 7. The interview process
8. Prayer and Reflection
▼ 9. Call committee recommends candidate to council
- Council acts on the recommendation of the call committee
- 2018 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2018)
▼ 10. Congregational meeting
- The congregation votes on the candidate
▼ 11. Candidate discerns
- If pastor/candidate says no – the call committee goes back to the candidate profiles and begins again
▼ 12. Installation
- The pastor and congregation begin their mutual commitment in ministry together
If you have any questions about your congregation’s call process or the above forms, please contact Susan Marone, Deacon at 605/274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605/274-4024.
Call Process Resources
2018 Compensation Guidelines
Congregations in Transition
Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names
Aberdeen, Scandinavia (part-time solo)/Bethesda (part-time chaplain)
Arlington, Trinity (solo)
Belle Fourche, St. James (solo)
Brookings, Ascension (associate)
Estelline, Trinity (solo) # – Cheryl Matthews, Interim
Herreid, Peace/Pollock, Pollock (solo) *
Hot Springs, St. John’s (solo) # – Art Weitschat, Interim
Kadoka, Concordia (part-time) * # – Duane Neugebauer, Interim
Milbank, American (solo) * # – Bob & Suzanne Hansen, Interims
Rapid City, South Canyon (senior)
Sinai, Sinai/Volga, Lake Campbell (solo) *
Sioux Falls, Holy Cross (associate)
Vermillion, Pleasant Valley (part-time) *
Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled
Buffalo, Grand River (part-time) *
Colman, Colman (part-time) *
De Smet, American (solo)
Edgemont, Trinity (part-time with UCC) *
Flandreau, Midway (part-time) *
Forestburg, Forestburg (part-time) *
Kimball, Kimball Protestant Parish (solo)
Pierre, Resurrection (3/4-time) – Ministry Site Study scheduled April 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Rapid City, Lord of Life (solo) # – Bruce Baum, Interim
Salem, Salem (part-time)
Sherman, First & Highland (part-time)
Volin, Faith United (part-time)
# Interim Contract in place
* First Call Site
Letcher, Storla/Mount Vernon, Salem (solo) – Nancy Eckels, SAM – until 2018
Valley Springs, First/Palisade (solo) – Laura Phillips, SAM – until 2018
Claire City, First/New Effington, Faith/Veblen, Our Savior’s – Karie Geyer
Crooks, Benton/Dell Rapids, Willow Creek – Deacon Tom Stadem
Glenham, Norway/McLaughlin, Redeemer – Jaimie Odde
Lake Preston, Lake Preston/North Preston – Brad Sanderson
Mission Hill, Vangen – Deacon Mary Hendricks Wilkens
Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John – Jesse Carson
Scotland, Zion – Andy Bueber
Sioux Falls, Church on the Street – Rebel Hurd
Sioux Falls, First Lutheran African Ministry – Abraham Gayetaye
Sturgis, Grace – Kris Garlick
Timber Lake, Prairie Parish – Teri Gayer
Sioux Falls, Pueblo de Dios – Maria Cabello-Salomon
Allie Smith (First Call/Seminarian) – Our Savior’s, Waubay/American, Webster (solo)
Laurel Vogl (deacon) – Brandon Lutheran, Brandon – April 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Allie Smith – Chapel of Reconciliation, Augustana University, Sioux Falls – May 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
LeShea Avery (First Call/Seminarian) – Our Savior’s, Faulkton (solo) – April 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Justin Van Orman – Trinity, Mobridge (solo) – May 20, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Andy Bueber – Zion, Scotland (Kairos/pastor-in-training) – June 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Layne Nelson – East Side, Sioux Falls (senior) – June 17, 2018 at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Laurel Vogl (First Call/Seminarian) – St. Paul, Bowdle/St. John, Hosmer (deacon) – TBD