Call Process & Transitions

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.



Find resources below for congregations in all stages of transition.

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.

2021 Compensation Guidelines

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2021.

Installation Service for a Pastor

This order is appropriate for installing a pastor who has been previously ordained. The bishop, or an ordained minister designated by the bishop, presides at the installation of a pastor.

Congregations in Transition

Congregations in Transition

The congregations below are currently in the call process, renewal, or are being served by a Wartburg Seminary Collaborative Learning student. We invite you to pray for these congregations as they discern the next steps in their ministry.