Mobility & Call for the Sake of the Mission and Ministry of the Church

Mobility & Call

The ELCA call process engages pastors and deacons in thoughtful assessment and spiritual discernment of how God may be calling them together in mutual ministry “for the sake of the mission and ministry of the church.”


Tools for the ELCA call process

To this end, the ELCA has created tools that provide for the management of the process in each synodical context. These tools encourage pastors, deacons and ministry sites to focus on mission, while also allowing for creativity, reflection, and initiative.


These tools are found and best explored on the ELCA website at


Call Process Manual

The Saint Paul Area Synod Call Process Manual is a helpful tool for congregational use throughout a time of leadership transition. Please note: the Call Process Manual PDF is a large file and may take a few moments to download completely.



Mobility forms for rostered leaders

Pastors and deacons will find mobility forms that have been “designed and crafted to work together with a churchwide mobility database that will store the forms.” The Rostered Leader Profile (RLP) may be accessed by selecting “rostered leader” at The synod staff is available to help navigate this process.


The Rostered Leader Profile (RLP) is designed for use by all pastors, deacons and First Call candidates. The form encourages rostered leaders to reflect on their calling and gifts, be creative about sharing their passions and interests in ministry, and be discerning about their readiness for call. The “Guide to the RLP” is a helpful tool, if you are new to the RLP.


This form requires an outside recommendation and also provides for optional reflections that will allow the individual to enhance their profile.


Invitation to partner

Whether you are a ministry site faithfully moving through a time of transition or a pastor or deacon prayerfully listening to the stirrings of the Spirit, the synod staff is available to help and counsel you as you thoughtfully assess and spiritually discern how and where God is calling you into mutual ministry for the sake of the mission and ministry of the church. If you have questions about using these forms or the process, please contact Krista Lind, Deacon at or at 651.224.4313

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