The ELCA call process engages pastors and deacons in thoughtful assessment and spiritual discernment of how God may be calling them together in mutual ministry “for the sake of the mission and ministry of the church.”
Tools for the ELCA call process
To this end, the ELCA has created tools that provide for the management of the process in each synodical context. These tools encourage pastors, deacons and ministry sites to focus on mission, while also allowing for creativity, reflection, and initiative.
These tools are found and best explored on the ELCA website at www.elca.org/call-process.
Call Process Manual
The Saint Paul Area Synod Call Process Manual is a helpful tool for congregational use throughout a time of leadership transition.
Mobility forms for rostered ministers
Pastors and deacons will find mobility forms that have been “designed and crafted to work together with a churchwide mobility database that will store the forms.” The Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) may be accessed by selecting “rostered minister” at www.elca.org/call-process. The synod staff is available to help navigate this process.
The Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) is designed for use by all pastors, deacons and First Call candidates. The form encourages rostered ministers to reflect on their calling and gifts, be creative about sharing their passions and interests in ministry, and be discerning about their readiness for call. The “Guide to the RMP” is a helpful tool, if you are new to the RMP.
This form requires an outside recommendation and also provides for optional reflections that will allow the individual to enhance their profile.
Invitation to partner
Whether you are a ministry site faithfully moving through a time of transition or a pastor or deacon prayerfully listening to the stirrings of the Spirit, the synod staff is available to help and counsel you as you thoughtfully assess and spiritually discern how and where God is calling you into mutual ministry for the sake of the mission and ministry of the church. If you have questions about using these forms or the process, please contact Deacon Krista Lind at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651.224.4313