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 leader assistance during transition
▼ 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
- 2017 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2017)
▼ 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
2017 Compensation Guidelines
Congregations in Transition
Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names
Belle Fourche, St. James (solo) # – Jean Helmer, SAM, Interim
Bowdle, St. Paul/Hosmer, St. John (solo) # – David Peterson, Interim
Custer, Custer Lutheran Fellowship (solo) # – Deacon Pat Eidsness, SAM, Interim
Groton, Emmanuel (solo)
Herreid, Peace/Pollock, Pollock (solo)
Rapid City, South Canyon (associate)
Scotland, Zion (solo) # – Kwen Sanderson, Interim
Sinai, Sinai/Volga, Lake Campbell (solo) # – Paige Besse-Rankin, Interim
Sioux Falls, Our Savior’s (associate)
Waubay, Our Savior’s/Webster, American (solo) # – Charlie & Barb Bunk, Interims
Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled
Aberdeen, Scandinavia (1/4 solo)/Bethesda (3/4 chaplain)
Arlington, Trinity (solo) # – Eldon Thurow, Interim
Buffalo, Grand River (part-time)
Colman, Colman/Flandreau, Midway (solo)
Edgemont, Trinity (solo)
Estelline, Trinity (solo) # – Cheryl Matthews, Interim
Forestburg, Forestburg (solo)
Hot Springs, St. John’s (solo) # – Art Weitschat, Interim
Kadoka, Concordia (solo) # – Margie Neugebauer, SAM, Interim
Mobridge, Trinity (solo)
Rapid City, Lord of Life (solo) # – Bruce Baum, Interim
Salem, Salem (solo) # – Nancy Hong, Interim
Sioux Falls, East Side (senior)
Sisseton, Grace (solo) # – LeRoy Boender, SAM, Interim – Ministry Site Study Scheduled November 12, 2017
Vermillion, Pleasant Valley (part-time)
Volin, Faith United (solo)
# 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
Sturgis, Grace – Kris Garlick
Timber Lake, Prairie Parish – Teri Gayer
Faulkton, Our Savior’s – LeShea Avery
Alexander Haines (UCC/Letter of Invitation to Extended Service) – Lutheran Memorial, Pierre/Grace, Hayes (associate) – August 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
David Bentz – St. Dysmas, Springfield (solo contract) – August 31, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
Alan Blankenfeld – Our Savior’s, Flandreau (solo) – September 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Wayne Gallipo – St. Dysmas, Sioux Falls (solo contract) – October 12, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
Jeremy Duprey (First Call/Seminarian) – Community, Hill City (solo) – October 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Dan Ofstehage – Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Watertown (associate) – TBD