Call Process & Congregations in Transition

The time of calling a pastor can be a special time for reflection and prayer in the life of a congregation. Prayer, bible study, and regular devotions keep the leadership spiritually centered as it guides the congregation in grieving its loss, assessing the current congregational strengths and weaknesses, creating a vision for mission and ministry, and calling a new pastor.

To get started or to get questions answered on the call process, please contact the synod office at 608-270-0201 or email

Resources to Guide You

Call Process Timeline

Every call process is different, and how quickly or slowly the process moves is primarily determined by the congregation.  However, an “average” call process has several important steps.

Call Process Handbook

The call process handbook is provided for a congregation’s reference during this time of transition. Each congregation is assigned a member of the Synod Mobility team to work with throughout this process.

2020 Compensation Guidelines  

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2020.

2019 Compensation Guidelines  

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2019.

Congregations in Transition

Congregations currently in the call process.
Updated January 22, 2020

In Orientation to the Call Process:

Bonnet Prairie, Rio
Lake Edge, Madison
Faith, Cuba City

Developing Ministry Site Profile:

Dekorra, Poynette
Deerfield, Deerfield
New Hope, Blanchardville
St. John’s, Boscobel
Grace, Darlington
First English, Platteville
Orfordville, Orfordville

Collaborative Learning Seminary Students:

St. John/St. Paul, Mazomanie
Peace, Waunakee

Renewal:

Christ, Sharon
Faith, Columbus
Hope, McFarland
Bethlehem, Portage
Trinity, Madison

Interviewing Candidates:

St. Luke’s, Middleton

Recommending Candidates:

Accepted New Opportunities:

Luther Memorial, Delavan, WI (Rev. Gus Barnes to On Leave from Call)
Orfordville Lutheran, Orfordville, WI (Rev. Darin Wiebe to On Leave from Call)
Orfordville Lutheran, Orfordville, WI (Rev. Ken Schaub from retired to Interim Pastor)
St. John Evangelical, Reedsburg, WI (Rev. Dr. Paula Harris,(Episcopal) Contract Pastor)
St. Matthew’s New Life, Madison (Rev. Heather Hayward from Associate Pastor St. Luke’s to Lead Pastor)
Dekorra Lutheran Church, Poynette (Rev. Rich Collier, Interim Pastor)
Adams Lutheran Church, Argyle, WI (Rev. Shelley Nelson from Interim Pastor Adams, Argyle to 3-year term call Pastor)
Triangle Ministry, Madison WI (Rev. Robert Vetter, Chaplain)
Attic Angel Community, Madison WI (Rev. Kristin Rice transferring from Greater Milwaukee)
Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, Spiritual & Grief Counselor, Madison, WI (Rev. Rebecca E. Iverson from On Leave from Call)