The following guidelines have been prepared to give direction as you move through the call process in the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Included are the steps to be followed and basic information that may be of help as you seek to discern the leading of the Spirit.
Additional information for persons in the call process
- Because in the Lower Susquehanna Synod Call Committees may receive mobility materials for multiple candidates (with the exception of First Call candidates and Mission Developer/Redeveloper candidates), you may be a candidate in more than one call process, as well.
- Do not visit or worship with a congregation in which you are interested in being a candidate. Driving by “to take a look” is appropriate, but going inside the building is not.
- You must contact the Call Committee or council in writing when you are withdrawing from the call process. The bishop’s office will not do it for you. Please mail a copy of your letter to the assistant to the bishop.
- If you have indicated an interest in being considered for call by a particular congregation and the bishop has not recommended you, you may or may not receive a reason for not being recommended. The bishop has the dual responsibility of caring for congregations and rostered ministers while seeking appropriate matching for the sake of effective ministry.
- If during the call process you are serving in the Lower Susquehanna Synod, submit your mileage to the calling congregation for reimbursement. If you are serving in another synod, submit the receipts for your lodging, meals, and transportation costs to the assistant to the bishop. The synod will reimburse you directly and bill the congregation for its share. You are to be reimbursed whether or not you receive/accept the call. If your spouse and/or children travel with you for the council interview or the call vote, clarify beforehand with the council how the cost will be covered. The synod does not share in covering these costs.
- If you supply in a congregation that is in the call process, you are not eligible to be considered for call to that congregation.
- If you are serving as interim pastor of a congregation, you are not eligible to be considered for call to the congregation.
- Associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers are not free to contact pastors or congregations concerning a new call nor are pastors or congregations free to make direct contact with these rostered ministers. As with the call process for pastors, all inquiries are to be made directly to the bishop or his staff.
- Remember that what happens in the call process is confidential until the council recommends a candidate to the congregation. Please do not discuss your candidacy with colleagues in the ministry. Word travels quickly. Call Committees, who also are charged with confidentiality, become concerned when they hear “rumors” about the identity of candidates in the community and/or congregation.