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.
November 17, 2021 – The Call Committee has spent November holding first round interviews with the candidates for our senior pastor opening. We have listened to many sermons and delved into all that we can learn about each candidate. We have candidates with many great qualifications, each with their own unique gifts. Our next steps are to hold more extensive second round interviews with a narrowed field. We will bring forth a candidate to the church council as soon as second interviews and thoughtful, prayerful conversations are had. December is a busy time; we do not know the timeline yet. As we come together for this important task, we are reassured that the Holy Spirit will guide us, and your prayers uphold us. The news of our new senior pastor will come when the time is right. Thanks for your continued patience.
October 20, 2021 – The Call Committee is expecting to receive the names of three to five senior pastor candidates from Bishop Lull at the end of October. We will be holding first round interviews with these candidates in November. In addition to the interviews, we will be trying to find out all we can about each candidate. We will listen to many sermons, learn about their current churches, and question references. The committee will decide on which candidates to have back for a more extensive second interview. We hope to arrange these second interview days as soon as schedules allow. It can be challenging to find days that all six of us and the candidates can meet. We will not be able to communicate any candidate information, it is a confidential process to protect the candidates. We will be prayerful and thoughtful in our evaluations and careful to not rush this important decision. With Thanksgiving reminding us to give thanks, the call committee is grateful for our wonderful Augustana community, your patience, and prayers.
September 14, 2021 – 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.