On Tuesday, February 21, St. Peter Lutheran Church & School voted to extend a call for a seminary student from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, to serve as our next pastor. We ask that you keep this process in your prayers, as we eagerly await the outcome of this decision!
After a year-long search process, which involved interviewing multiple candidates from the seminary and from the field, the Call Committee recommended that the congregation request either of two seminary students: Caleb Cox or Andrew Pronsati. Both are highly regarded by the seminary faculty and interviewed exceptionally well when the Call Committee visited the seminary on February 2, 2017.
If one of the two is assigned to St. Peter, he would focus primarily on adult discipleship – including overseeing Life Groups, Bible studies, and missional living (using Joining Jesus on His Mission as the primary strategy) – as well as being closely involved in Worship and other pastoral duties throughout the church and school. In the near future, this pastor may also have an opportunity to get involved in launching our first new ministry site, as part of our ambitious dream to start or restart ten new ministry sites in the next 10 years (something only God can help us accomplish!).
Due to unprecedented levels of low supply and high demand, the Seminary will likely not be able to provide enough pastors to fill all the requests that are made this year. As a result, there is no guarantee that we will have a graduate assigned to St. Peter. Until Call Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (when all the seminary graduates receive their first assignment | callday.csl.edu), we will simply wait and pray that the Lord would provide us the right man to be our next pastor according to His will! If we do not receive a candidate, we will resume the search process and see where Jesus takes us next.
If you have any questions about this process or decision, please contact Pastor Greiner or any other member of the Call Committee.
From time to time, we will have the opportunity as a congregation to add to our staff an individual who is on the roster (click here to learn more) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). When that happens, we enter into a “call process” to seek God’s direction in filling the position and to comply with our denomination’s process for handling rostered church workers.
Within our congregation’s system of governance, the Governing Board has established a Call Committee to formally conduct any search for a rostered church worker. Currently, that includes:
Staff: Pastor Micah Greiner (chair), Bruce Rudi, Brian Booth
Board: Craig Grandt, Melissa Smith, and Mike Graf (ex officio).
At the moment, the Call Committee is actively vetting candidates for our vacant Associate Pastor position (click here to view a complete job description).
Briefly stated, here is the process we will follow:
1. Establish a job description
2. Gather names
3. Review names and narrow down the list
4. Contact the candidates who fit our needs, narrowing the list to those willing to be considered
5. Conduct phone interviews with those on the “Narrow List,” using that information to select our “Top Prospects”
6. Arrange for second interviews and/or personal visits with our “Top Prospects”
7. Narrow the list again to any candidate(s) considered worthy of presentation to the congregation for a Call at a Voters’ Meeting (for any pastoral position) or to the Governing Board (for any other called position)
8. After Calling an individual, we would wait for a decision. If they accept the Call, we would plan for their arrival; if not, we would return to an earlier step in the process and start again.
Most importantly, pray. Pray that God would make clear the name of that individual He has already prepared for us. Pray that our process would run quickly and smoothly. Pray for our ministry, as well as the ministry that person would be leaving. Pray for those in our community who are far from Jesus whom they’d help us reach and serve.
Also, you can talk to Call Committee members about any ideas, questions, or concerns you may have. Your input is important!