Call Process

Call Process is the unique and prayerful way by which the synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America engage their congregations, church-related organizations and rostered ministers (pastors and ELCA deacons) in a time of thoughtful assessment and spiritual discernment of the way God may be drawing each toward the other for mutual ministry for the sake of the mission and ministry of the church. Each of the sixty-five synods of the ELCA is responsible for the management of the call process within the territory of their respective synod.

Resources for Congregations

The call process begins when the congregation notifies synod staff of the resignation or retirement of the rostered leader serving the congregation or the desire to call an additional leader.  A synod staff member will be appointed to meet with your council and walk with the congregation through the call process.

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