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 Rostered Minister (Pastor or Deacon)
Instructions: Click headings below for more information and resources.
Click here for a list of Call Process Resources.
Parish council president contacts the synod office to arrange Interim ministry
Consult with Synod staff about the option of a Vice Pastor:
• Vice Pastor Agreement (pdf)
Create a call committee according to your constitution representing members in your parish
Review your congregation’s constitution/parish agreements
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.
Synod staff and members of Support to Ministries Committee consider possible names.
Candidate profiles are sent to the call committee for review.
The call committee considers the profiles of candidate(s)
Council acts on the recommendation of the call committee
2018 Compensation and Guidelines (effective Jan. 1, 2018)
- A 2018 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors In Parsonages (pdf)
- B 2018 Compensation And Guidelines For Pastors Receiving A Housing Allowance (pdf)• C 2018 Compensation And Guidelines For Rostered Lay Leaders (pdf)• D 2018 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
The congregation votes on the candidate.
If pastor/candidate says no – the call committee goes back to the candidate profiles and begins again.
If you have any questions about your congregation’s call process or the above forms, please contact Rev. Renee Splichal Larson, Associate to the Bishop for Candidacy, Congregation, and Rostered Minister Accompaniment at 605-274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605-274-4024.
Call Process Resources
2020 Compensation Guidelines
Congregations in Transition
Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names
Brookings, Ascension (senior)
Buffalo, Grand River (part-time) *
Colman, Colman (part-time) *
Groton, Emmanuel (solo) *
Kadoka, Concordia (part-time) * # – Duane Neugebauer, Interim
Sinai, Sinai/Volga, Lake Campbell (solo) *
Sioux Falls, Springdale (part-time)
Watertown, Grace (solo)
Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled
Aberdeen, Good Shepherd (associate) *
Brandon, Brandon/Split Rock (senior) # – Bob Hansen, Interim
Edgemont, Trinity (part-time) *
Forestburg, Forestburg (part-time) *
Humboldt, St. Paul (part-time)
Kennebec/Presho/Vivian – Lyman County Parish (solo) *
Rapid City, Atonement/Piedmont, Piedmont Valley – Graceful Hills Parish (solo) *
# Interim Contract in place
* First Call Site
Bryant, Our Redeemer/Vienna, Bethlehem/Willow Lake, Good Hope & Grace (Prairie Star Lutheran Parish) – Colin Beveridge
Claire City, First/New Effington, Faith/Veblen, Our Savior’s – Karie Geyer
Frederick, Savo/St. Paul’s – Justin Brotzel
Glenham, Norway – Jaimie Odde
Lake Preston, Lake Preston/North Preston – Brad Sanderson
Madison, Trinity – Lexy Carson
Mission Hill, Vangen – Deacon Mary Hendricks Wilkens
Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John – Jesse Carson
Scotland, Zion – Andy Bueber
Sioux Falls, First Lutheran African Ministry – Abraham Gayetaye
Timber Lake, Prairie Parish – Teri Gayer
Vermillion, Pleasant Valley – Scott Munger
Viborg, Our Savior’s/Spring Valley – Maxwell Whitehead
Volin, Faith United – Corey Scott
Distance Learning Congregations (Luther Seminary)
Sioux Falls, Church on the Street – Rebel Hurd
Collaborative Learning Program Congregations (Wartburg Theological Seminary)
Belle Fourche, St. James – Kari Webb
Elisa Berndt (First Call/Seminarian) – Trinity, Arlington (solo) – December 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Kris Wollman – Lutheran Memorial, Pierre (Deacon) – January 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Matthew Spoden (First Call/Seminarian) – Resurrection, Pierre (solo) – January 19, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Max Whitehead (Kairos/Pastor-in-Training) – Spring Valley/Our Savior’s, Viborg (Vicar) – TBD
Lexy Carson (Kairos/Pastor-in-Training) – Trinity, Madison (Vicar) – TBD
Scott Munger (Kairos/Pastor-in-Training) – Pleasant Valley, Vermillion (Vicar) – TBD