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 - May 15, 2021

Upon submitting the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) to our Synod, the Associate Pastor Call Committee has been preparing for receiving  Pastoral Candidates.  Interested candidates review our MSP online, submit their Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) to the Synod.   The RMP is an outline of their experience, education, and references.  The Synod contacts them and through conversation decides if the candidates are a good fit for St. Luke’s.  The Associate Pastor Call Committee has prepared for receiving candidates by identifying  a set of Zoom interview questions which echo our core requirements for the call, prepared in person interview questions and,  conducted a practice Zoom interview to gain feedback on our questions and interview flow.


Pastor Tim has been notified by the Synod there are two candidates that have submitted their RMP’s for consideration.  The Synod has reviewed the information and feel they are strong candidates for us to consider.  Currently, we are in the process of conducting the initial Zoom interviews to determine if the candidate meets our core requirements.  Upon successful completion of this stage the Associate Pastor Call Committee will begin scheduling in person interviews.  We are thankful for these opportunities and trust in the Lord's plan for St. Luke’s.  This is an exciting time and we all look forward to this process.

Committee positions:

  • Chair: Dennis Rasmussen

  • Secretary:  Robin Zimmerman

  • Communication:   Paul Raisleger

  • Spiritual:  Darlene VanBendegom

If there are any questions or comments you would like to share with the Associate Pastor Call Committee, please use this email address  This email link is also on the Transition page.  All responses are confidential and only viewed by the Associate Pastor Call Committee.

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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?



  1. Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Interim Pastor.

  2. Pray that the dynamic energy which drew us to St. Luke’s continues to radiate.

  3. Pray for the staff as they adjust to the extra duties required of them and the demands placed on their families.

  4. Pray for the Church Council as they undertake the leadership of this enormous process.

  5. Pray for the Call Committees as they do the difficult work of discerning God's path for our church and our next pastors.

  6. 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 or in the church office.




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!