Update: Associate Pastor Call Committee

Pastor Steve Brackett, assistant to the bishop, met with the committee on November 15 to prepare them for the interview phase. They expect a first round of interviews to begin in December. This is now the time to nominate clergy and seminarians to the synod office. Here’s how the Call Committee summarized the call in 71 words: 

FLC seeks a creative, compassionate associate pastor to help us share God’s good news within and beyond the congregation. In addition to leading worship with our new senior pastor, the associate pastor will lead our community communication, newcomer invitation, and incorporation ministries and co-lead our congregational care with the visitation minister. FLC is a generous, open-hearted congregation, grateful to serve in the vibrant town of Decorah in the beautiful Driftless Region.

Please share this announcement with your friends and family. Interested candidates must contact Pastor Steve Brackett, NE Iowa Synod, bracketts@neiasynod.org or (319) 352-1414.

Oh Day Full of Grace!

At the congregational meeting last Sunday, Nov. 7, the call committee presented Pastor Michael Wilker as the candidate for senior pastor.  The vote to approve Pastor Wilker was unanimous.  Let us join in giving thanks and praise to God for sending First Lutheran this gifted leader!  In his acceptance letter to the Call Committee & Council, Pastor Wilker writes: 

“I feel a humble reverence, deep joy, and abiding peace to join in the ministry God calls us to do together. You have a clear devotion to God. You care about one another and the entire Decorah community. You are excited about God’s ministry for the sake of the whole world. I have come to understand that you and I both believe that creative, liberating preaching and worship along with strong, healthy congregational relationships and generous hospitality for newcomers will be key to nourishing us in the years ahead. God has been with you during these recent years of change–and God continues to sustain and lead us.  I look forward to joining you soon.”

Pastor Mike will begin his ministry with us Tuesday, January 18.  We pray for the Wilker family during this time of transition, and we pray for their current congregation, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, as they prepare to say goodbye.

Thank you to the call committee for their steadfast service:  Greg McGohan, chair; Johanna Bergan, Brenda Carlson, John Evelsizer-Olson, Jon Hart, Jennifer Larson, Karen Martin-Schramm, Betsy Ratashak-Vogel and Dan Shaw. They were joined by youth representatives Rebecca Anderson and Erik Hjelle for the interview stage. Profound thanks also to former call committee members Zac Robinson, chair; Heidi Miller Olinger, Carol Birkland & youth representative, Noah Lovelace. 

Click here for the introductory bio presented at the congregational meeting.

November 7 – 9 a.m. Worship & 10 a.m. Congregational Meeting

Mark your calendars for the congregational meeting to be held Sunday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary immediately following 9 a.m. worship, with overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the Call Committee’s recommendation for the position of senior pastor and to approve a compensation package. Coffee & fellowship will follow the congregational meeting.

Call Committee Update 8/3/21

The FLC Sr. Pastor Call Committee will once again begin their work to find our next Pastoral Leader.  Committee Members include Johanna Bergan, Brenda Carlson, John Evelsizer-Olson, Jon Hart, Jennifer Larson, Karen Martin-Schramm, Greg McGohan, Betsy Ratashak-Vogel & Dan Shaw. The committee will be meeting with our Interim Bishop, Andrea  DeGroot-Nesdahl, this week to discuss the call process.  We are expecting to receive Rostered Minister Profiles of candidates interested in our call within a few weeks. If any congregation member would like to nominate an ELCA Rostered Minister for our Sr. Pastor call, please contact Call Committee Chair, Greg McGohan at gmcgohan@gmail.com or at 507-202-1411.  Any nominations from the congregation will be forwarded to the Synod office. Please keep this dedicated team in your prayers as they continue this discernment process.

Call Committee Update 3/3/21

The Senior Pastor Call Committee has recently concluded the first round of interviews and will be reflecting on the candidates before beginning a second round of video interviews. They are planning to do onsite interviews as a final round; however, those are still some time off and will not be announced publicly until after they occur. Though specific questions cannot be answered, the chairperson welcomes general questions. Contact Zac Robinson, (303) 204-2045.

Call Committee Update 2/3/21

The Senior Pastor Call Committee met with the Synod Bishop and Assistant to the Bishop and received the first set of candidate information. Members of the Call Committee are reviewing the Rostered Minister Profiles and other materials from the candidates that are available digitally. There is a significant amount of information to review and the group will be meeting regularly to discuss the results of their discernment. They hope to start the first round of video interviews before Lent. During this time the members of the Call Committee cannot discuss the specifics of the candidates or interviews. If you have general questions please contact Zac Robinson at zrob17@hotmail.com.