Updates from the Call Committee

Call Committee Updates & Transition News

Below you will find everything you need to know to stay current on the search process for a Senior Pastor.

The Church Council approved the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) on Tuesday, September 14. The synod will begin considering candidates for our position. Bishop Lull will share three to five names of the best potential senior pastor candidates with the call committee in mid-to-late October.  The call committee will schedule the first interviews as soon as we get the names. We will also begin listening to sermons of candidates, learning all we can about each and checking references.  We will meet to evaluate the candidates and decide who should be asked for a second interview.

Congregational Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 in Fellowship Hall

The town hall meeting is an important step in calling the senior pastor. We will be discussing and answering questions on the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and the Reflections on Ministry & Context. Bishop Patricia Lull, our synod representative will be there. The Church Council will be voting on the MSP at their meeting immediately following the Town Hall Meeting. Please review the documents below.

Ministry Site Profile (MSP)
The Ministry Site Profile describes who Augustana is and what qualities we desire for our new senior pastor.

Reflections on Ministry & Content
Congregations in the Call Process are invited to expand their Ministry Site Profile (MSP) by reflecting on seven key aspects
of ministry and context.

The Call Committee is working with St. Paul Area Synod Bishop, Patricia Lull regarding the call process for our new Senior Pastor.

Next Steps
Preview the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and Reflections on Ministry & Context beginning September 1.
These documenst describes who we are and what qualities we desire for our new senior pastor.

Join us for a Congregational Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 in Fellowship Hall
The town hall meeting is an important step in calling the senior pastor. We will be discussing the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and
asking if you have any questions on it. Bishop Patricia Lull, our synod representative will be there. The Church Council will be
voting on the MSP at their meeting immediately following the Town Hall Meeting.

Augustana Senior Pastor Position will be posted to the ELCA website once the MSP is approved by the Augustana church council. A reminder, if you know of an excellent candidate for Augustana’s Senior Pastor position, please fill out the candidate nomination form. Nominations are due September 22.

First Interviews After a few weeks of being posted, Bishop Lull will give the call committee 3-5 names of the best candidates for
Augustana. These will be highly qualified pastors. Bishop Lull expects that Augustana’s reputation will gain the attention of
many. The call committee will not be allowed to share the names of the candidates. Candidates may not want their congregations to know that they are considering another call, so everything will be done confidentially. Interviews will begin soon after
the call committee receive the names.
Gracious God, grant us peace during this time and open our hearts and minds for the presence of the Holy Spiri

We’re excited to announce that Pastor Arne Bergland has accepted the call to be Augustana’s Interim Senior Pastor. Pastor Bergland has more than 35 years of experience serving the church, most recently as the Lead Pastor at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Helena, Montana. He also served as the Director of Church Relations for the California Lutheran University and at various churches in Washington, Iowa, Montana and Alaska in various pastoral positions. Pastor Bergland has Minnesota roots, graduating from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and receiving his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife are relocating from Montana to Minnesota, where their two adult children reside. He will begin his ministry at Augustana on August 3.

Candidate Nomination Form

The task of calling a pastor belongs to the congregation. The pastoral call is God’s activity, but God works through the congregation, committees, pastors, and synod staff to call pastors to serve the church.

As members of the call committee, we want to invite all members to participate to some degree in the process of calling our next pastor. If, as you visit other congregations or talk with your friends and relatives, you become aware of a pastor whom you think may fit the ministry of Augustana, let us know by completing this brief form. This nomination will be shared with and vetted by our synod staff, so contact with this person is neither necessary nor encouraged.

Please remember that all information regarding candidates is confidential, except for the final candidate recommended by the call committee. Thank you for participating in this important task.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bLVM7zd512sAEG6gWmpYBGRuyT5LWYD7bMd4qWa8Nk4/edit

FAQs for Call Process & Transition

Call Committee Letter to Congregation

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