Call Process Information and Timeline
Thank you for your ongoing prayers as we move through this very important and exciting process. Today and every day, may Christ be our light!
Laureen Wacenske, Chair of the Call Committee
October 15, 2017
Grace’s call committee has conducted initial interviews with leading candidates and is awaiting additional pastoral profiles from the Synod. A large number of congregations throughout North Caroline are going through the search process and there are a limited number of candidates open to call. We encourage your nominations of potential candidates for our review.
September 10, 2017
Our call committee has been carefully and prayerfully reviewing the first group of candidate profiles. We are scheduling initial telephone interviews with the most outstanding candidates.
August 30, 2017
The committee met with the Synod’s call process liaison and received the first names of pastoral candidates and their profiles. They will meet this week to set up interviews.
August 13, 2017
Grace’s Call Committee installation by Pastor Sloop at the 10:00 worship service.
August 11 – 12, 2017
The Call Committee participated in a 10-hour training facilitated by NC Synod Office representatives Tom and Ethelyn Hegele.
July 11, 2017
Council meets and discusses additional information requested by the synod office to enhance our Ministry Site Profile (MSP).
June 29, 2017
The ELCA communicates that Grace’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP) has been received and shares that it will be posted to the ELCA’s listing of “Current Openings” as soon as the synodical bishop approves it for posting.
June 25, 2017
Call Committee Chair Laureen Wacenske announces at worship an update on the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), expresses gratitude to the members of the MSP Task Force for all their hard work on the document, and shares that a copy of the MSP will be available for members to review in the church office as well as Nominations for Pastoral Candidates forms (for any member to complete and submit to her Grace office mail slot).
June 20, 2017
Council meets to revise the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and votes to submit the document to the ELCA by the end of the month.
June 13, 2017
Council and members of the Call Committee meet to go over the first draft of the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) with members of the Ministry Site Profile Task Force.
Council seeks and considers all nominations for the call committee. By the end of the month the council votes upon and announces the following people who agreed to serve as members of Grace’s Call Committee: John Hefner, Sharon Herrmann, Brittany Notch, Elliott Smith, Mason Thomas, Laureen Wacenske, Matthew Waddell, and Eddie Weaver.
May 2, 2017
NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith facilitates our Congregational Study with members filling the Fellowship Hall for the event. Those unable to attend were encouraged to send in their responses individually. All responses were tabulated and shared with the congregation. Responses are placed in the narthex on a poster titled Congregational Meeting – Grace Lutheran.Congregational Study Summary
April 11, 2017
Council creates a Ministry Site Profile Task Force to collect information required by the ELCA and synod office for the Ministry Site Profile (MSP).
March 26 and 31, 2017
Grace celebrates Pastor Michael and Judy Frye’s 16 years at Grace at worship and a farewell luncheon on Sunday the 26th and a festive dinner party at the Wake County Shrine Club on Friday evening of the 31st with many members and friends in attendance.
February 7, 2017
Grace’s Council met with NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith to learn about the call process. Pastor David Sloop is named as Grace’s Interim Pastor to begin in April.
January 16, 2017
Pastor Michael Frye sent a letter to all members of Grace announcing his retirement effective March 31, 2017.
Thanks to our MSP Task Force
The first reading of the completed MSP (Ministry Site Profile) occurred on June 13th. The MSP Task Force, who has the task of filling it out, presented it to the Council and Call Committee members who were in attendance.
Great work has been done by the group of Corrie Ingall, Barbara Oates, Kary Hemmingway, John Hefner, and Laura LaBlanc, with contributions from Lynn Hess, Charles Breeding and Mark Anderson. A little tweaking will be done before the Council Meeting next Tuesday the 20th, at which time the Council will vote to accept the MSP, and send it to the ELCA to be posted on their website.
This document will be the first tool to introduce Grace Lutheran Raleigh to possible candidates for Lead Pastor. The document will be available here after next Tuesday’s council meeting for your review. Many of the answers about who we are came from the responses at the Congregational Meeting the Bishop conducted. We will keep you posted on what is happening as we move forward with the call process.
– Tommy Oates, Council President