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.

Congregations in Transition

Congregations currently in the call process.
Updated July 11, 2018

In Orientation to Call Process:
St. John Evangelical, Reedsburg
St. Matthew’s (New Life), Madison
St. John’s, Boscobel

Developing Ministry Site Profile: 
All Saints, Fitchburg
First, Beaver Dam
St. Luke’s, Middleton
St. Martins, Cross Plains

Collaborative Learning Student:
St. John/St. Paul, Mazomanie

Renewal (Process Year 1)
Christ, Sharon (Renewal)
Faith, Columbus (Renewal)
Hope, McFarland (Renewal)

Interviewing Candidates: 
Bethel, Madison
Luther Memorial, Delavan
St. John’s, Richland Center
West Middleton, Verona

Recommending Candidates:
St. John’s, Madison

Accepted New Opportunities:
Bristol, Sun Prairie
(Rev. Timothy Knipfer from Awaiting Call)
Hope, Milton
(Rev. Collette Gould UMC from Southwest Washington Synod)