Call Process

When a pastor announces her/his resignation it usually comes as a surprise. Often it is an unwanted surprise, particulary when the pastor is well-liked and has performed an effective ministry.

There is a lot of information in the Call Process Manual, and it may seem a little overwhelming at first! Start by familiarizing yourself with the Table of Contents and then review the Overview of the Call Process (Section 1 b) and the Sample Timeline for the Call Process (Section 1 c).

  • Members of the Congregational Council should review the Table of Contents and Sections 1-6.
  • Members of the Call Committee should review the Table of Contents and Sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • The Chairperson of Council and the Chairperson of the Call Committee should review the entire manual.

Remember, if you have any questions about the manual or about the process, please contact Rev Douglas Reble at the Synod Office.

Call Process Manual Appendices

1a) Liturgy for Departure

1b) Recognition of an Interim Pastor

1c) Rite of Farewell and Godspeed for an Interim Pastor

2) Congregational Mission Profile

3) Guidelines for Congregations Considering Calling an Additional Pastor

4) Interim Ministry Guidelines

5) To Call a Pastor

6) Some Theological Considerations

7) Availability for Call Form- Ordained Minister
                                                 - Diaconal Minister 

8a) Sample Letter - Releasing a Candidate after considering an Availability for call

8b) Sample Letter - Inviting a Candidate for an Interview

8c) Sample Expense Form for a Candidates Interviewing for Call

8d) Sample Letter - Thanking a Candidate for an Interview

8e) Sample Letter - Releasing a Candidate after an Interview

9) Call Process Evaluation Form for Call Committees

10) Compensation Schedule 2017 -2018

11) Memorandum of Compensation

12) Letter of Call

13a) Call Meeting Agenda

13b) Official Congregational Call Meeting

14) Pulpit Supply List

14a) Call Process Initiation Meeting - Sample Agenda

14b) Transitional Document Review

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