Calling a pastor is an in-depth, spirit-led process. With the congregation's input, the Transition Team produced a comprehensive report on the congregation's vision for St. Luke's future -- much like a strategic plan. This report was the framework which the Senior Pastor Call Committee used for creating the "ministry site profile" (MSP). An MSP is the information pastors review to evaluate a potential church. This process is based on the experience and wisdom of other congregations along with guidance from the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.
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Committee Update - April 16, 2021
The Associate Pastor Call Committee has been meeting weekly to collaboratively develop the Ministry Site Profile (MSP). This is the document that outlines the demographics of our congregation, financials, culture, and summary of our Ministries. Call Committee members engaged staff, external community organizations and the Church Council to gain an understanding of the skills, and abilities required of the Associate Pastor. Results from the online survey were a critical piece of information that guided us as we completed the MSP. We will be presenting the MSP to Council at the 4/19 meeting for their review and comment. Upon completion of this review we will be submitting our MSP to the Synod web site, which then will allow potential candidates to review and discern if this is an opportunity for them. This is particularly exciting because now we will receive names for consideration.
Once we receive names for consideration, call committee members will review the credentials of the candidates, Pastor Tim will also provide a review of the candidate’s qualifications. An initial meeting will take place between the President of the call committee and the potential candidate, if synergy exists, interviews will commence. As of this time we do not have a time frame for how long this process will take. The Associate Pastor Call Committee will practice restraint and patience in this process maintaining the interests of the congregation above an expeditious decision to fill a position. We will trust in the Lord’s plan for us in this process.
Associate Pastor Call Committee members were present after the Sunday 4/18 services. As restrictions and conditions allow, we will look for additional opportunities for in-person interactions. If there are any questions or comments during the Associate Pastor Call process, please use this email address email@example.com This email link is also on the Transition page. All responses are confidential and only viewed by the Associate Pastor Call Committee.
Chair: Dennis Rasmussen
Secretary: Robin Zimmerman
Communication: Paul Raisleger
Spiritual: Darlene VanBendegom
The APCC is currently working to update the MSP and identifying congregation outreach strategies during the pandemic. In the coming weeks the congregation will be provided opportunities for input. The installation of the APCC members will be early February.
If there are any questions or comments you would like to share with the Associate Pastor Call Committee, please use this email address firstname.lastname@example.org This email link is also on the Transition page. All responses are confidential and only viewed by the Associate Pastor Call Committee.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is a “Call” different than a “Hire”
A “Call” purposely allows for breathing space and for God to be present in the process. On the basis of our Lutheran theology, a pastor is called, not hired, to serve a congregation. The call process is not the same as the hiring process in other parts of society. Any process that seems to focus on “head hunting,” or “just getting someone in here” is missing the point in the calling of a pastor. This is an opportunity for a church to reflect on where it’s been and where it wants to go.
Will we have more Interim Pastors?
Interim Associate Pastor Jerry Tews will remain at St. Luke’s until shortly before we call an Associate Pastor. It is standard practice for there to be a two Sunday break between interim and the newly called pastor.
What Can I Do?
Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Interim Pastor.
Pray that the dynamic energy which drew us to St. Luke’s continues to radiate.
Pray for the staff as they adjust to the extra duties required of them and the demands placed on their families.
Pray for the Church Council as they undertake the leadership of this enormous process.
Pray for the Call Committees as they do the difficult work of discerning God's path for our church and our next pastors.
Pray for the Pastors who will be called to St. Luke’s.
Are you feeling called to share your time or talent?
Is there something you’ve been thinking about that you’d like to start?
Are there volunteer opportunities within the church that will help staff?
Contact Paul Harshner, Volunteer Coordinator at
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Waiting is hard. This process can seem like it’s taking forever, and nothing is happening. We all love St. Luke’s. We’re seeing it grow and thrive and we don’t want to lose momentum. The natural instinct is to want the process to move faster. But, for anyone who has participated in a job search or a search for love, the process rarely goes quickly. God has a plan for St. Luke’s. Let’s prayerfully trust in the process, knowing that our patience will be rewarded. Prayers and participation can help everyone!