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.

Compensation Guidelines

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers.

Congregations in Transition

Congregations currently in the call process.
Updated November 28, 2018

In Orientation to Call Process:
New Hope, Blanchardville
Bonnet Prairie, Rio
West Koshkonong, Stoughton
Lake Edge, Madison
Deerfield, Deerfield
Faith, Walworth
Trinity, Madison
Peace, Belmont
Adams, Argyle
St. John Evangelical, Reedsburg
St. Matthew’s (New Life), Madison
St. John’s, Boscobel

Developing Ministry Site Profile: 
All Saints, Fitchburg
St. Luke’s, Middleton
St. Martins, Cross Plains
Peace, Waunakee

Collaborative Learning Student:
St. John/St. Paul, Mazomanie
Good Shepherd Madison & Verona
Peace, Waunakee

Christ, Sharon (Renewal)
Faith, Columbus (Renewal)
Hope, McFarland (Renewal)
Bethlehem, Portage (Renewal)

Interviewing Candidates: 
First, Beaver Dam
Bethel, Madison

Recommending Candidates:

Accepted New Opportunities:
Luther Memorial, Delavan
(Rev. Gus Barnes from Awaiting Call)
St. John’s, Madison
(Peter Beeson from New Jersey Synod)
West Middleton, Verona
(Connie Matye from Peace, Belmont)
Bethlehem, Portage
(Jen Johnson from UCC to ELCA)
St. John, Richland Center
(Michelle Elfers from New Hope-Blanchardville)