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Call a Pastor

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.

Call Process Outline (pdf)
Call Process Booklet (pdf)


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 leader opening.

2. Arrange for pastoral/rostered leader assistance during transition

Parish council president contacts the synod office to arrange Interim ministry

Interim Ministry Manual (pdf)
Appropriate Objectives for Interim Period (pdf)
Covenant of Conduct for Congregations (pdf)

Lists of contacts available for interim and pulpit supply:

2015 August Ordained Interim & Supply Pastors (pdf)
2015 August Lay Pulpit Supply (pdf)

3. Learn about yourself and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading

Call Committee Installation Service (pdf)

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

  • The call committee sets up interviews with candidate(s)
  • Call committee and candidate interview

Call Committee Interview Response Form (pdf)
Candidate Interview Response Form (pdf)

     8. Prayer and Reflection

9. Call committee recommends candidate to council

  • Council acts on the recommendation of the call committee

Instructions for Submitting Call Documents (pdf)

    • 2015 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2015)

Pastors Living in a Parsonage (pdf)
Pastors Receiving a Housing Allowance (pdf)
Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)
Lay Leaders (pdf)

Definition of Compensation for Pastors Form (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for Pastors Form Instructions (pdf)

Definition of Compensation for AIM, DM, or Deaconess Form (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for AIM, DM, or Deaconess Form Instructions (pdf)

  • The official Letter of Call to be signed by the bishop can be requested from the synod office by calling contacting Susan Marone at 605/274-4022 or Crystal McCormick at 605/274-4024.
  • Council may reject recommendation and return to interview process
  • Council may call a congregational meeting

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

If you have any questions about your congregation’s call process or the above forms, please contact Susan Marone, AIM at 605/274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605/274-4024.


Call Process Resources

2015 August Lay Pulpit Supply (pdf)
2015 August Ordained Interim & Supply Pastors (pdf)
Appropriate Objectives for Interim Period (pdf)
Call Committee Installation Service (pdf)
Call Committee Interview Response Form (pdf)
Call Process Booklet (pdf)
Call Process Outline (pdf)
Candidate Interview Response Form (pdf)
Covenant of Conduct for Congregations (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for AIM, DM, or Deaconess Form (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for AIM, DM, or Deaconess Form Instructions (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for Pastors Form (pdf)
Definition of Compensation for Pastors Form Instructions (pdf)
Devotions For Congregations In Call Process (from SWMN Synod) (pdf)
Instructions for Submitting Call Documents (pdf)
Interim Ministry Manual (pdf)
Ministry Site Profile Login (html)

 

2015 Compensation Guidelines

Lay Leaders (pdf)
Pastors Living in a Parsonage (pdf)
Pastors Receiving a Housing Allowance (pdf)
Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)

 

2016 Compensation Guidelines

A. 2016 Compensation and Guidelines for Pastors in Parsonages (pdf)
B. 2016 Compensation and Guidelines for Pastors Receiving a Housing Allowance (pdf)
C. 2016 Compensation and Guidelines for Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)
D. 2016 Compensation and Guidelines for Lay Leaders (pdf)

Congregations in Transition

Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names

Artesian, First/Carthage, Trinity/Iroquois, Immanuel (solo)
Gayville, Gayville/Meckling, Bergen (solo)
Hermosa, Our Savior’s (solo)
Langford Parish – Claremont, Augustana/Langford, Evangelical, Falnes, & Highlanda (solo)
Mission Hill, Vangen (60% part-time)
Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John (solo) # – Joanne Nagele, Interim
Rapid City, Woyatan (solo) # – Chuck Hazlett, Interim
Vermillion, Luther Center at USD (half-time)
Warner, St. John (solo)
Yankton, Trinity (associate) *

Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled

Baltic, Baltic/East Nidaros (solo)
Dell Rapids, Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids (solo) # – Eldon Thurow, Interim
Hartford, Zion (solo)
Kadoka, Concordia (solo) # – Duane Neugebauer, Interim until 12/31/15
Letcher, Storla/Mount Vernon, Salem (solo)
Pierre, Lutheran Memorial/Hayes, Grace (senior)
Sioux Falls, Hope (solo)

# Interim Contract in place
* First Call Site

Calls Extended

Mindy Ehrke – Florence Lutheran Parish – Clark, St. Paul/Florence, Goodhue & New Helgen

Long-Term Interim Sites

Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John – Joanne Nagele
Rapid City, Lord of Life – Bruce Baum, Interim until 2016
Waubay, Our Savior’s – Charlie Bunk, Interim until July 2018

TEEM Congregations

Buffalo, Grand River – Kris Garlick
Crooks, Benton/Dell Rapids, Willow Creek – Tom Stadem, AIM
Faulkton, Our Savior’s – LeShea Avery
Highmore, Our Savior – Pat Jones
Lake Preston, Lake Preston/North Preston – Brad Sanderson
Madison, St. John – Michele Gehring, AIM
Timber Lake, Prairie Parish – Teri Gayer

Installations

Warren Lahammer (seminarian) – Faith, Rapid City – August 30, 2015
Tera Lowe (seminarian) – Prairie Fellowship Parish, Bison – September 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Cheryl Rondeau-Bassett (seminarian) – First, Claire City/Faith, New Effington/Our Savior’s, Veblen – September 27, 2015
Nick Collins (senior pastor) – Holy Cross, Sioux Falls – October 10-11, 2015
Jim Fowler – Trinity, Vermillion – TBD

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