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Call Committee Workshop

A Resource for LCMC Congregations

Call Committee Workshop Overview

April 22, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

The Call Committee Workshop is designed to help LCMC congregations who are in a transition between pastors. This is an overview of the call process which you can watch with your team in one sitting. Please note that it is not comprehensive, but is more introductory to point out some of the important processes a church council and call committee must consider as you enter the call process. For a more complete look at various parts of the call process, your call committee may wish to use this video in conjunction with some of the other segments listed in this video series. This will enable your team to dig down into the "Keys to Congregational Readiness" or "Steps in the Call Process" that are listed in the LCMC call packet. After viewing the video series, all congregations are encouraged to schedule a follow-up session with the Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry or a call committee coach. This follow-up session will provide your call committee an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and it will enable our team to offer any assistance that may be needed based on where your congregation is in the call process.

Introduction

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

The Call Committee Workshop is designed to help LCMC congregations who are in a transition between pastors. Each segment is designed specifically for portions of the call process which assist call teams in reflecting on steps to take as they journey together. It’s good to stop after each segment and evaluate your team’s progress. Determine your priorities in each area and what action items are needed to solidify your call process. This introductory video gives an overview of the agenda, rationale for a call committee workshop, and the call process for congregations in LCMC. (10 minutes)

Transitions in Your Church

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

A major issue in congregations is the emotional, psychological, relational, and missional issues related to change in the congregation. This video serves as an introduction to three phases of transition and things leaders can do to help the congregation navigate transition. (24 minutes)

Definitions in the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

What is a contract call pastor in LCMC? What is a certified pastor in LCMC? This video explores definitions in the call process for LCMC congregations. (11 minutes)

Keys to Congregational Readiness for the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

This video contains important information on congregational assessment, including tools and resources. Transition teams and interim ministry are explained as vital for congregations serious about becoming healthy in this monumental moment in time. (21 minutes)

Keys to Congregational Readiness for the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

This segment includes formation of the call committee (including responsibilities and roles), development of a job description, and defining budgetary needs for both compensation package and the call committee’s work. (23 minutes)

Steps in the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

The first steps in the call process include communication with call committee, congregation, and candidates; developing a congregational profile to reflect your congregation’s identity, vision, and needs; and articulating expectations of candidates. (15 minutes)

Steps in the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

Steps 4-6 of the call process detail information about where to actively seek for candidates for their congregation, how to prepare a packet of materials for candidates you want to follow up with in the process, information to be requested of candidates, and the beginning stages of evaluation. (17 minutes)

Steps in the Call Process

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

The final steps in the call process will include developing behavioral-based questions; conducting online (such as Zoom or Skype) and in-person interviews, narrowing the pool of candidates, conducting background checks, negotiating the compensation package, and presenting the candidate. (28 Minutes)

Closing

April 14, 2021 • Perry Fruhling

The closing segment includes information regarding the congregational call meeting, some ideas for celebrating the arrival of the new pastor, what to know about installation, and final parting thoughts and blessings. (11 minutes) After viewing the video series, all congregations are encouraged to schedule a follow-up session with the Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry or a call committee coach. This follow-up session will provide your call committee an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and it will enable our team to offer any assistance that may be needed based on where your congregation is in the call process.