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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.

Download the Call Process Booklet


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 minister 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:


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)

    • 2017 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2017)

A 2017 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors In Parsonages (pdf)
B 2017 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors Receiving A Housing Allowance (pdf)
C 2017 Compensation And Guidelines Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)
D 2017 Compensation And Guidelines 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, Deacon at 605/274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605/274-4024.


Call Process Resources

2017 July Lay Pulpit Supply (pdf)
2017 July 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)
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)
Maintaining Benefits In Transition (pdf)
Ministry Site Profile Login (html)
Post-Employment Agreement (pdf)

 

2017 Compensation Guidelines

A 2017 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors In Parsonages (pdf)
B 2017 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors Receiving A Housing Allowance (pdf)
C 2017 Compensation And Guidelines Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)
D 2017 Compensation And Guidelines Lay Leaders (pdf)


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

Internship Congregations

Letcher, Storla/Mount Vernon, Salem (solo) – Nancy Eckels, SAM – until 2018
Valley Springs, First/Palisade (solo) – Laura Phillips, SAM – until 2018

Kairos Congregations

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

TEEM Congregations

Faulkton, Our Savior’s – LeShea Avery

Installations

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

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