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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:

2016 July Ordained Interim & Supply Pastors (pdf)
2016 July 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)

    • 2016 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2016)

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)

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

2016 July Lay Pulpit Supply (pdf)
2016 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)
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)

 

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

Crooks, West Nidaros (solo)
Hill City, Community (solo)
Huron, Our Savior’s (solo) # – Gary Anderson, Interim
Langford Parish – Claremont, Augustana/Langford, Evangelical, Falnes, & Highlanda (solo)
Lennox, West Prairie (solo)
Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John (solo) # – Joanne Nagele, Interim
Rapid City, South Canyon (associate) *
Sturgis, Grace (solo) # – Will Olsen, Interim

Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled

Belle Fourche, St. James (solo)
Bowdle, St. Paul/Hosmer, St. John (solo) # – David Peterson, Interim – Ministry Site Study scheduled September 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Bowdle
Brookings, Ascension (senior)
Custer, Custer Lutheran Fellowship (solo)
Highmore, Our Savior (solo) # – Terry Knudson, Interim
Kadoka, Concordia (solo)
Letcher, Storla/Mount Vernon, Salem (solo) – Nancy Eckels, Intern
Piedmont, Piedmont Valley (solo) – Jonathan Steiner, Vice Pastor
Pierre, Lutheran Memorial/Hayes, Grace (associate)
Scotland, Zion (solo)
Sinai/Volga, Lake Campbell (solo) # – Paige Besse-Rankin, Interim
Sioux Falls, Messiah New Hope (solo)
Sisseton, Grace (solo)
Valley Springs, First/Palisade (solo)

# Interim Contract in place
* First Call Site

Kairos Congregations

Buffalo, Grand River – Kris Garlick
Claire City, First/New Effington, Faith/Veblen, Our Savior’s – Karie Geyer
Crooks, Benton/Dell Rapids, Willow Creek – Tom Stadem, AIM
Lake Preston, Lake Preston/North Preston – Brad Sanderson
Mission Hill, Vangen – Mary Hendricks Wilkens, AIM
Timber Lake, Prairie Parish – Teri Gayer

TEEM Congregations

Faulkton, Our Savior’s – LeShea Avery

Calls Extended

Jonathan Vehar – Peace, Sioux Falls (associate)
Chris Matson – Peace, Sioux Falls (associate)

Installations

Jeff Otterman – Trinity, Yankton (associate) – September 3-4, 2016
Sarah Goldammer – Gloria Dei, Sioux Falls (associate – Confirmation, Senior High and Young Adult Ministry) – September 3-4, 2016
Chris Zuraff – Gloria Dei, Sioux Falls (associate – Mission and Outreach, Adult Education) – September 3-4, 2016
Joshua Knudsen (First Call/Seminarian) – Prairie Lutheran Parish – First, Artesian/Trinity, Carthage/Immanuel, Iroquois – September 11, 2016
Lynnae Sorensen – Hope, Sioux Falls (solo) – September 18, 2016
Ben & Kristen Eisele (First Call/Seminarians) – Gayville/Bergen, Meckling (solo) & Luther Center at USD, Vermillion (1/4 time) – TBD
Tom Opoien – Trinity, Tea (senior) – TBD
Jeff Sorenson – Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids (solo) – TBD

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