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 Handbook

Our call process handbook is provided 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.

2023 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:
Bethlehem Lutheran (Brodhead)Callie Arendt
Bethany Lutheran (Wisconsin Dells)Rev. Joseph Doegen
Faith Lutheran (Janesville)Rev. Collette Broady-Grund
Rev. Kurt Billings from St. James Lutheran (Verona) on September 30, 2023
Rev. Fred Rilling from St. John's Lutheran (Prairie du Sac) on September 3, 2023
Callie ArendtThursday, October 5, 2023 - 2:00 p.m. @ First Lutheran Church (Freeport, IL)Callie has been called to serve as pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran in Brodhead.

Ministries in Transition

Lists Current as of September 29, 2023

Ministries in a Time of Discernment:
Holy Trinity Lutheran (Marshall)Interim: Rev. Brent Walsworth
Rockdale Lutheran (Cambridge)Interims: Rev. Linda & Rev. Loren Schumacher
Deerfield Lutheran (Deerfield)Interim: Rev. Rich Johnson
New Vacancies:
St. James Lutheran (Verona)9/30/2023
St. Paul Lutheran (Beloit)Interim: Rev. Michael Rahlf - 9/27/2023
St Luke’s Lutheran (Middleton) - Senior Pastor & Associate PastorInterim: Rev. Naomi Garber - 9/20/2023
Christ Lutheran (Lancaster) / St. Paul (Burton)Interim: Rev. Charlotte Eversoll - 9/15/2023
St. John's Lutheran (Prairie du Sac) - Senior Pastor9/3/2023
Transition Team & Developing of Ministry Profile:
Adams Lutheran (Argyle)Interim: Rev. Erich Hartenberger-10/1/2022
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran (New Glarus)Interim: Rev. Erich Hartenberger-10/1/2022
St. Peter Lutheran (Fennimore) & St. Johns Lutheran (Boscobel) Interim: Rev. Mark Peters - 12/15/2022
Primrose Lutheran (Belleville)Interim: Rev. Chris Farrow (Bridge Pastor) - 3/15/2022
St. Peters Lutheran (Loganville)Interim: Rev. Julie Krahn - 1/1/2023
Preparing for Call Process:
Preparing Candidate(s) for Interviewing:
Vermont Lutheran (Black Earth)Interim: Rev. Rebecca Clancy - 3/28/2023
Redeemer Lutheran (Rio)Interim: Rev. Jack Way - 4/26/2021
McFarland Lutheran (McFarland)*Senior Pastor Call
Messiah Lutheran (Madison)*Associate Pastor Call

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