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 July 3, 2019

In Orientation to Call Process:
New Hope, Blanchardville
Bonnet Prairie, Rio
Lake Edge, Madison
Deerfield, Deerfield
Faith, Walworth
Orfordville, Orfordville
Peace, Belmont
Adams, Argyle

Developing Ministry Site Profile: 
St. John Evangelical, Reedsburg
St. Matthew’s (New Life), Madison

Collaborative Learning Students:
St. John/St. Paul, Mazomanie
Peace, Waunakee

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

Interviewing Candidates: 
First, Janesville
St. Luke’s, Middleton
Peace, Waunakee

Recommending Candidates:

Accepted New Opportunities:
First, Beaver Dam, WI
(Rev. James Wendt from Northern Great Lakes Synod)
All Saints, Fitchburg, WI
(Rev. Kristin Woelk, from Central States Synod )
St. Martin’s, Cross Plains
(Rev. Maggie Andersen Peterson, First Call)
Orfordville Lutheran Church, Orfordville, WI
(Rev. Darin Wiebe, Interim Pastor, from Greater Milwaukee Synod)
Bethel Lutheran, Madison, WI
(Rev. Mike Brown, Lead Pastor, from Northwestern Ohio Synod)
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin DEM
(Rev. Walter Baires, from Greater Milwaukee Synod)
Trinity English, Fort Atkinson, WI
(Rev. Amy Waelchli, from Assoc. Pastor to Lead Pastor)
Faith Evangelical, Walworth, WI
(Vicar Lily Brellenthin, from Wartburg Seminary, to serve 2-year internship)