Call Process & Transitions

Ministry Transitions

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.

Has your pastor recently announced their resignation to your congregation? The first step is for the congregational president to reach out to the Synod Office by phone or email. Our office will be your first contact person from the synod in accompanying your congregation throughout the transition process alongside the Synod Office Mobility Team.


Call Process

For congregations who are beginning the call process the synod is a congregation’s partner throughout the holy process. We will provide a call process handbook for a congregation’s reference during this time of transition. Please contact the synod office to begin transition work. At that point details will be shared as a congregation begins their transition time knowing that each congregation’s process will be very different from one another.

2024 Compensation Guidelines

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2023.

Installation Guide

This guide for the installation of a new rostered minister will help congregations in discernment and planning of the installation.

Installation Service for a Pastor

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

Congregational Vitality & The Life Cycle of Congregations

A video resource presented by Rev. Walter Baires, Associate to the Bishop & Director for Evangelical Mission


Accepted New Calls:

Ministries in Transition

Lists Current as of June 6, 2024

Ministries in a Time of Discernment:
Holy Trinity Lutheran (Marshall)
Deerfield Lutheran (Deerfield)
New Vacancies:
Our Saviors Lutheran (Sun Prairie)5/5/2024
Good Shepherd Lutheran (Madison & Verona) - SeniorInterim: Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon - 5/19/2024
Bethel Lutheran (Madison)Transition Lead Pastor: Rev. Lauren Wrightsman - 4/3/2024
Zion Lutheran (Horicon) / St. Michaels Lutheran (Hustisford)3/10/2024
Bonnet Prairie Lutheran (Rio)12/1/2023
Transition Team & Developing of Ministry Profile:
St. Paul Lutheran (Beloit)Interim: Rev. Michael Rahlf - 9/27/2023
St. James Lutheran (Verona)Interim: Rev. Jerry Buss - 2/4/2024
St Luke’s Lutheran (Middleton) - Senior & AssociateInterims: Rev. Naomi Garber (Sr) - 9/1/2023 & Rev. Julie Krahn (Assoc) - 12/1/2023
St. John's Lutheran (Prairie du Sac) - Senior PastorInterim: Rev. Jason Hill - 11/1/2023
Christ Lutheran (Lancaster) / St. Paul (Burton)Interim: Rev. Charlotte Eversoll - 9/15/2023
St. Peter Lutheran (Fennimore) & St. Johns Lutheran (Boscobel) Interim: Rev. Mark Peters - 12/15/2022
Adams Lutheran (Argyle)Interim: Rev. Erich Hartenberger-10/1/2022
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran (New Glarus)Interim: Rev. Erich Hartenberger-10/1/2022
Preparing for Call Process:
Primrose Lutheran (Belleville)Rev. Chris Farrow (Bridge Pastor) - 3/15/2022
Preparing Candidate(s) for Interviewing:
St. Peters Lutheran (Loganville)
Redeemer Lutheran (Rio)
Vermont Lutheran (Black Earth)Interim: Rev. Rebecca Clancy - 3/28/2023
St. John Lutheran (Reedsburg)

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