Updated April 19, 2021
The Transition Team consisting of Kathy Hageseth, Greg Prichett, Jennifer Carr, Dennis Naumann, Julie Kriewald, and Pastor Glen, met on April 8 and will continue to meet (usually weekly) until the Ministry Site Profile (MSP- our church resume) is done.
Now that it is possible to meet in the church, there will be opportunities for in-person congregational input regarding the next pastor (the nature of which yet to be determined by the transition team). There will also be a survey coming out soon that will allow members to prioritize what are the most important ministry tasks for that next pastor to focus on.
Once a draft of the MSP is completed, it is sent to the Vision Board for its approval. The Vision Board may have input, request changes, and determine such aspects as the compensation package for the profile. Once the MSP process is nearing completion, the Call Committee can be called by election of members, trained and formed.
The Call Committee then receives rostered leader profiles (RLPs) of candidates from the synod and if any candidate is considered strongly, the committee will interview that candidate. If no suitable candidates are found in the first batch of candidates, a second or third batch will be sent by the Synod, until a final candidate is found. I would not expect a shortage of candidates for English.
Difficulties can occur anytime in the process, such as a desired candidate's spouse being unable to find a job in the area. It is not unusual for the interim period to last up to two years, though generally it is less than that for a church such as English Lutheran. Candidates can come from La Crosse Area Synod or from other synods across the country, and even from other denominations if Bishop Boerger approves.
Pastor Glen Bickford