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Call a Pastor

Information for Congregations in Call Process

The purpose of the Support to Ministries Committee of the South Dakota Synod is to walk with congregations as they begin, work through, and complete the search for new church leadership.  The committee is represented by each of the seven conferences of the South Dakota Synod, one ordained and one lay representative from each conference.

Download Call Process Outline
Download Call Process Booklet

Steps in Seeking a New Pastor:


    1. Inform the synod office of your pastoral/rostered leader opening.

2. Arrange for pastoral/rostered leader assistance during transition

3. Learn about yourself and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading

4. Ministry site study (formally called parish study)

  • Representatives from the synod office and your conference meet with your congregation
  • Your congregation tells Support to Ministries about the kind of ministry you want and need

5. Candidates names and profiles

  • Synod staff and members of Support to Ministries Committee consider possible names
  • Candidate profiles are sent to the call committee for review.

6. Call committee reviews profiles

  • The call committee considers the profiles of candidate(s)

7. The interview process

     8. Prayer and Reflection

9. Call committee recommends candidate to council

10. Congregational meeting

  • The congregation votes on the candidate

11. Candidate discerns

  • If pastor/candidate says no – the call committee goes back to the candidate profiles and begins again

12. Installation

If you have any questions about your congregation’s call process or the above forms, please contact Susan Marone, AIM at 605/274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605/274-4024.

Summary Plan Description
ELCA Heath Benefits
ELCA-Primary Coverage

Effective January 1, 2011

For more information on ELCA Health Benefits for ELCA-primary members, a booklet is available for your information of the ELCA Portico.

Congregations in Transition

Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names

Aberdeen, Zion
Brookings, Ascension (associate)
Claire City, First/New Effington, Faith/Veblen, Our Savior’s (senior) #
Colman, Colman (1/2 time solo) #
Hartford, Christ (solo)
Parkston, Salem (solo) #
Rapid City, Faith (solo) #
Rapid City, SDSM&T (campus pastor) #
Spearfish, Black Hills State University (campus pastor)
Watertown, Grace (solo) #
Willow Lake/Bryant, Prairie Star Lutheran Parish (co-pastor)

Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled

Clark, St. Paul (solo) #
Gayville, Gayville/Meckling, Bergen (solo)
Kimball, Kimball Protestant Parish (solo)
Mitchell, New Home (solo)
Oldham, Oldham/Ramona, St. John (solo)
Rapid City, Atonement (solo) #
Rapid City, Woyatan
Sioux Falls, First (associates)
Vermillion, Trinity

# Interim Contract in place
* First Call Site

Long-Term Interim Sites

Hartford, Christ – Bob Hansen, Interim until 12/31/14
Rapid City, Lord of Life – Bruce Baum, Interim until 2016
Sioux Falls, Holy Cross – Frank Philipp, Interim until 10/25/15
Watertown, Grace – Dennis Hansen, Interim until July 2014

Calls Extended

Arlington, Trinity – Durk Thompson (first call)
Brandon, Brandon/Split Rock – Daniel Nelson (first call)
Bridgewater, Zion/Canova, Immanuel (solo) – Becky Senner
Chamberlain, Trinity (solo) – Lisa Heffernan (first call)
Harrisburg, Shalom – Trisha Boese (solo)
Lyman Parish – Kennebec, Kennebec/Presho, American/Vivian, Vivian (solo) – Arlyn Rusche (first call)
Rapid City, Calvary – David Piper (associate)
Sioux Falls, Gloria Dei – Dwight Stensgaard (half time visitation)
Sioux Falls, WestSide – Heidi Binstock (mission developer)


Harrisburg, Shalom – Trisha Boese – July 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Chamberlain, Trinity – Lisa Heffernan – July 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Brandon, Brandon/Split Rock – Dan Nelson – July 27, 2014
Rapid City, Calvary – David Piper – August 2-3, 2014
Arlington, Trinity – Durk Thompson – August 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Sioux Falls, WestSide – Heidi Binstock – September 14, 2014


Durk Thompson – Trinity, Arlington – August 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

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