We have gathered a listing of pastors and deacons who are interested in doing supply preaching in the Southwestern Texas Synod. The list includes rostered ministers who have made themselves available for supply worship/preaching.
Congregations are strongly encouraged to secure ordained pastors for worship services that include the celebration of Holy Communion; this involves careful advanced planning.
Under ELCA policies, a synodical bishop occasionally authorizes laypersons to offer Word and Sacrament ministry in settings where an ordained pastor may not be available over an extended period of time (this is called Synod Authorized Ministry—abbreviated SAM).
ELCA policies do not authorize synodical bishops to grant permission to laypersons to preside at services of Word and Sacrament on a “one-time” basis. If you have a question about this, please contact the office of the Bishop for further information.
Supply Pastor Guidelines (update coming soon)
Click and complete the Supply Pastor Form to be added to the list.
The supply pastor list is available upon request to better protect people's contact information.
The policy of the Synod for Sunday pulpit supply strongly recommends remuneration of no less than:
Travel expenses are to be reimbursed at the current IRS mileage rate.
If the preaching engagement requires overnight lodging, the congregation is expected to cover that as well.