The Call Process
3/18/18 - Divine Call Issued
St. Peter has extended a Divine Call to Brian West to St. Peter Lutheran Church as Associate Pastor.
3/15/18 – Update on Call Process
The Governing Board and Call Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the congregation Brian West for our Special Voters Meeting on Sunday, March 18, at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary.
It was very encouraging to see such clear consensus on who God has led us to call for this position. God is good! It will now be up to the voters to affirm this recommendation at the meeting on Sunday.
3/8/18 – Special Voter's Meeting to Extend Call to Pastor
We will hold a special Voter’s Meeting to extend a call to a Discipleship Pastor on Sunday, March 18 at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary. Please plan on attending if you are able.
1/17/18 – Where We Are in the Process
It's time! Starting at 1:30 pm today, we will be interviewing 6 candidates for our vacant pastoral position. Please pray for all of us on the Call Committee and the Candidates, asking that Jesus would guide our conversations and bless them, so that we see clearly who He already has selected to be our newest pastor!
After these interviews, we intend to invite the top candidates to visit St. Peter for another round of interviews. These on-site visits will typically last a day and a half and will involve meetings with a wide variety of people, including staff, board members, and others from the congregation. When possible, we encourage the pastor and his wife to both participate in the visit.
Once those on-site visits are complete, the Call Committee will recommend to the Governing Board which candidate(s) it would suggest to present to the congregation at a Special Voters' Meeting. At that meeting, the Congregation will be given a brief introduction to the candidate(s) and will be asked to vote on extending a Call. When a date has been selected for this meeting, the Congregation will be notified and invited to attend.
After a Call is issued, the Pastor and his wife would likely want to visit St. Peter and explore things further before reaching a final decision on whether or not they will accept the Call. This process normally takes 3-6 weeks.
Calling A Church Worker
From time to time, we will have the opportunity as a congregation to add to our staff an individual who is on the roster (click here to learn more) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). When that happens, we enter into a “call process” to seek God’s direction in filling the position and to comply with our denomination’s process for handling rostered church workers.
Within our congregation’s system of governance, the Governing Board has established a Call Committee to formally conduct any search for a rostered church worker. Currently, that includes:
Staff: Pastor Micah Greiner (chair), Bruce Rudi, Brian Booth
Board: Craig Grandt, Melissa Smith, and Mike Graf (ex officio).
At the moment, the Call Committee is actively vetting candidates for our vacant Associate Pastor position (click here to view a complete job description).
The Call Process
Briefly stated, here is the process we will follow:
1. Establish a job description
2. Gather names
3. Review names and narrow down the list
4. Contact the candidates who fit our needs, narrowing the list to those willing to be considered
5. Conduct phone interviews with those on the “Narrow List,” using that information to select our “Top Prospects”
6. Arrange for second interviews and/or personal visits with our “Top Prospects”
7. Narrow the list again to any candidate(s) considered worthy of presentation to the congregation for a Call at a Voters’ Meeting (for any pastoral position) or to the Governing Board (for any other called position)
8. After Calling an individual, we would wait for a decision. If they accept the Call, we would plan for their arrival; if not, we would return to an earlier step in the process and start again.
What Can You Do
Most importantly, pray. Pray that God would make clear the name of that individual He has already prepared for us. Pray that our process would run quickly and smoothly. Pray for our ministry, as well as the ministry that person would be leaving. Pray for those in our community who are far from Jesus whom they’d help us reach and serve.
Also, you can talk to Call Committee members about any ideas, questions, or concerns you may have. Your input is important!