Congregational Call Process


The Northwestern Ohio Synod walks hand in hand with a congregation during the call process from the time of a pastor’s announcement of resignation or retirement to the extension of a call to a new pastor. We conduct exit interviews with the pastor and council; we meet with the council to explain the call process and manual, and we meet with call committees to explain their role and offer help with interviewing. We search for pastors who have gifts that match the gifts sought and needed by the congregations. We’re available to answer questions at all times.

The synod not only guides the congregation through the process in the above ways, but seeks to provide appropriate care in the absence of a pastor through interims and vacancy, supply, and vice pastors.

You may see a list of congregations currently in transition on the Resources for Leaders page.

If you are a congregation in the Call Process, please download the call process packet below.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Jenn Prueter at Jennifer.Prueter@nwos-elca.og or call at 419-423-3664.

Call Process Packet