To many it feels like an uncertain time. To others it’s a mystery. Fear not! The synod staff is walking with you.
Here is what you can expect in this transition time for your congregation:
- The bishop, with your council’s approval, will appoint an interim pastor to serve you.
- Your council will review a job description, make decisions about compensation, seek input from you, and address concerns within the congregation.
- A call committee will be established according to the guidelines of your constitution.
- The council and/or the call committee will compile and submit a Ministry Site Profile, which is a description of your congregation, to the synod.
- The call committee will keep you informed of the progress of its work until a candidate has been recommended to the council.
- The call committee will meet with a member of the synod staff and receive coaching on how to conduct an effective interview.
- The call committee will receive the name(s) of potential candidate(s).
- The call committee will interview, check references, and hear the candidate preach.
- After the call committee has made a decision, it will meet with the congregation council to share information regarding the recommended candidate.
- Your council will have the opportunity the meet and speak with the candidate. The council will discuss compensation and benefits with the candidate.
- The council will vote to recommend the candidate to the congregation and call a meeting.
- Members of the congregation will be given the opportunity to meet the pastoral candidate.
- The call committee chair and president of the congregation will formally recommend the candidate to the congregation.
- A vote of the congregation takes place according to your constitution.
- If the congregation votes “yes,” a Letter of Call is signed and forwarded to the bishop and sent on to the pastor.
- The pastor has 30 days to consider the call.
- If the candidate accepts the call, an installation date is set. If the candidate declines the call, the call committee goes back to work with the synod staff.