Call Process & Transitions

From saying farewell to a pastor to beginning strong with a new one, we help you through the call process. Learn about the different stages of the process and find valuable resources.  Click on the links below to access resources.

Rostered Leaders: thinking about retirement/leaving your call?  There's a great resource by Mary C. Lindberg called "The Graceful Exit: A Pastor's Journey from Good-bye to Hello", which guides you through a process/reflection to help you and the congregation with a good leaving

You will need to conduct a background check on your primary candidate. The synod uses: Oxford Document for in depth checks on candidates and First Advantage for criminal check on volunteers interacting with minors.

Transitional Ministry
The transitionalperiod is a “time between,” a time between what was and what will be, between  pastors in the congregation, between saying “goodbye” and saying “hello,” between one chapter in a congregation’s history and the next.  It is also a time of uncertainty, a time of anticipation of the future, a time of preparation and fearfulness and hope, especially since the world and church have changed drastically since you last thought about calling a new pastor. Click here for more info, resources.
Pulpit Supply
Pastors and authorized lay ministers are available for short-term preaching should a regularly called pastor be absent from worship. 
Pulpit
 

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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