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Senior Pastor Call Process

May 17, 2022 Update

You can access documents related to the Call Process at the bottom of this article.  Added today:  Church Council's PowerPoint Presentation Slides and the Synod's Guide to the Call Process.


May 15, 2022 Update

Church Council members and GSLC leadership provided a presentation at the 10 am Adult Connect hour on the process to call a new pastor.  Here are some highlights of what was shared:

  • The overview of the transition and call process (see May 10th update below for a brief description of the call process).
  • GSLC is still seeking an Interim Pastor to help with some pastoral and administrative duties while we are in the process of finding a new Senior Pastor (Pastor Pat is serving as Acting Interim in the meantime).
  • Highlighted the goals of Church Council for the next three months (celebrate Pastor Heidi, identify who Good Shepherd is and our key values, refresh the Music Ministry).
  • Identifying the make-up of who serves on the Call and Transition Teams.
  • Talked about what is the same and different in the process of calling a pastor from the last time GSLC went through the process. 

Watch the full presentation below.


PS - We've added chapters to the video on YouTube that outlines the topics covered and the questions asked by the congregation during the Q&A.  Head on over to the YouTube video and click "Show More" in the description to see the list of topics and questions.

PPS - We added Church Council's PowerPoint presentation to the document.


May 11, 2022 Update

Good Shepherd announces Pastor Pat Badkey as Acting Senior Pastor.  Pastor Pat was asked to fill this role by the Good Shepherd Church Council when it was learned no interim Senior Pastors were able to serve at GSLC.  Her years of experience and leadership at Good Shepherd will be invaluable as we move through the process of calling a new Senior Pastor.

Additionally, Church Council has been actively recruiting members to serve on the Transition Committee.  They expect the Transition Committee to be filled by Sunday, May 15th.


May 10, 2022 Update (Pastor Heidi's Last Day | Church Council Meets with the Southern Ohio Synod)

On May 10th, Pastor Heidi's final day withe Good Shepherd.  The process to call a new Senior Pastor cannot start until the call of current Senior Pastor has officially ended.

WIth Pastor Heidi's call ended, the Good Shepherd Church Council met with Southern Ohio Synod's Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt and Assistant to the Biship Bob Abrams that evening.  A summary of the meeting is below:

  • The Synod provided an overview of the transition and call process
    • The Transition and Call Process Simplified:  Good Shepherd Church Council will create a Transition Committee to create a Ministry Site Profile (a document that describes GSLC, our community, and our ministry).  GSLC expects this document to be created by August 2022.  After the Site Profile is completed and provided to the Synod, a Call Committee is established by the Church Council to review candidates that both the Call Committee and the Synod identify (expected to be created in late August 2022).  Once a primary candidate is identified, the candidate will meet with GSLC staff and Church Council for interviews.  Finally, the primary candidate meets with the congregation.  A time of discernment follows before eventually a vote is held by the congregation.  The average time for the process to take place is 9 to 18 months. 
  • They reviewed Church Council's top priorities for GSLC's ministry.
  • They reviewed Church Council's hopes for the qualities and skills that a new Senior Pastor would have.
  • They discussed how no interim Senior Pastors are current available (an interim Senior Pastor is someone from outside GSLC that would serve the role of Senior Pastor during GSLC's process to call a new Senior Pastor).


April 3, 2022 Update (From GSLC Church Council President Ron Zink)

The council is working on the Senior Pastor transition plans with our next meeting scheduled for April 12th.  Per the  Southern Ohio Synod's advice, the council will meet with the Bishop on May 10th, after the completion of Pastor Heidi’s call.  During this meeting, we will officially begin the transition process.  Council President Ron Zink will share more information about the transition and call process during the 10:00 Adult Forum on May 15th.  Please keep the staff and council in your prayers as we celebrate Pastor Heidi and prepare for this transition. - Ron Zink


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