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 Marie Leafblad, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Support, in the synod office at 608-270-0201 or email.



Find resources below for congregations in all stages of transition.

Call Process Handbook

The call process handbook is provided for a congregation’s reference during this time of transition knowing that each congregation’s process will be very different from one another. Please note that this handbook is currently in the revision process (6/2021).

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.

Celebrations & Mobility

Celebrations & Mobility

We celebrate and honor the Rostered Leaders, Congregations, and Synods listed below who are celebrating new transitions and opportunities. We pray for the new phases of ministry taking place in all settings and with all people.


  • Thomas Kreis: July 11, 2021
  • Halle Kluever: August 1, 2021 3:00 pm at McFarland Lutheran Church (McFarland)
  • Carrie Greenquist-Petersen: August 21, 2021 – 3:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Middleton)
  • Lily Brellenthin: August 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm at Luther Valley Lutheran Church (Beloit)

Accepted New Calls:

  • Luther Valley (Beloit)/Orfordville (Orfordville):  Rev. Thomas Kreis
  • Faith Evangelical (Walworth): Lily Brellenthin
  • St. Lukes (Middleton): Carrie Greenquist-Andersen
  • Bishop Elect Felix Malpica to La Crosse Area Synod


  • Rev. Margo Martens: July 31, 2021

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.