Call Process & Documents

Notify the District Office

Please note that the District needs to be notified:

  • every time a call is issued by a congregation, school, RSO, etc.
  • when a rostered worker receives a call
  • and when a worker accepts or declines a call

Calls for Ordained Ministers

To receive assistance with the call process and call documents for ordained ministers, including the Pastor Information Form (PIF) and Self-Evaluation Tool (SET), contact Kim Hofer in the District President’s office via email at kimh@ndlcms.org or call 888-643-2961, extension 1014. Ordained workers can also request their current on-file PIF and get information on how to update their SET.

What to do when a pastor receives a call?

Supply (Guest) Pastors

From time to time, congregations need a pastor able to fill their pulpit while their own pastor is away. Information about supply pastors (guest pastors / supply list) is available by contacting Kim Hofer in the District President’s office at 888-643-2961, extension 1014, or by email at kimh@ndlcms.org.

Information on compensation and benefits guidelines for both vacancy and supply (guest) pastors can be found in the Compensation and Benefits Guidelines document linked below.

Calls for Commissioned Ministers (teacher, deaconess, director of parish music, DCE, etc.)

To receive assistance with the call process and call documents for commissioned ministers, contact Candi Menze in the Education and Youth office via email at candim@ndlcms.org or call 888-643-2961, extension 1010.

Compensation and Benefits Guidelines for Church Workers

To better understand compensation for your church workers, review the Compensation and Benefits Guidelines documents. These Compensation and Benefits Guidelines can be used by congregations as a guide for suggested salaries, reimbursements, and benefits for professional church workers. These guidelines are minimum suggested compensation levels. You are encouraged to go above the suggested amounts when it is appropriate. The guidelines are updated each year.

  • The updated version for 2023 is now available. CLICK HERE to access the 2023 Suggested Compensation and Benefits Guidelines.
  • CLICK HERE for a letter about the 2023 Compensation and Benefits Guidelines from District Treasurer, Paul Pettit.
  • In addition, the Business and Finance Office offers three Excel worksheets to assist your congregation. The updated forms for 2023 may be downloaded by clicking on these links:

Please note that the District needs to be notified:
• every time a call is issued by a congregation, school, RSO, etc.
• when a rostered worker receives a call
• and when a worker accepts or declines a call

 

Employee Benefits

Please remember employee benefits are a critical part of compensation when calling an ordained or commissioned worker. A review of benefit offerings to make sure they are current is recommended. Contact Concordia Plan Services to review your benefits package and confirm your offerings are up to date.