Ensuring pastoral care and supportive relationships for rostered leaders.
The Candidacy Committee provides support and mentoring to those who have been called by God to serve in a rostered ministry of the ELCA. Committee members walk with students through entrance to the candidacy process for theological study, clinical pastoral education, endorsement for an internship, and approval of readiness to assume a leadership role in the ELCA.
The First Call Theological Education Committee supports pastors during the first three years of their first calls by offering continuing education opportunities, individual support, a colleague group, and an annual retreat. The FCTE Committee helps first call rostered leaders develop a continuing education program and lifelong learning habits by being colleagues, mentors and co-workers with them.
- First Call Three-Year Chart
- Report Form – Year One
- Report Form – Year Two
- Report Form – Year Three
- First Call Ministries article (May 2012)
The Northeastern Iowa Synod sponsors a dozen colleague groups formed around common interests, such as first call pastors, geographical location, senior pastors, and interim ministries. Led by volunteer leaders, the confidential colleague groups provide a forum for rostered leaders with similar training, concerns and interests to connect with each other for conversation and support in their ministries.
- Colleague Group Leaders List 2016
- Colleague Brochure 2016
- Colleague Group Covenant
- Colleague Groups article (April 2013)
The Compensation Committee researches salaries and benefits to create fair and equitable compensation guidelines to assist pastors and congregations in the call process and ongoing compensation conversations. The committee sponsors the annual “Support of the Call” forum, and committee members and synod staff are available to consult with congregations that have questions about developing compensation packages.
- 2017 Minimum Compensation Guidelines
Includes guidelines for compensation, benefits, clergy housing, sabbaticals, reviews, parsonage use, and auto expense report.
- 2016 Minimum Compensation Guidelines
- Compensation Worksheet
- Fair Compensation article (June 2012)
Supply MinistryCompensation should include preparation time, travel time, and mileage for confirmation and worship.
Remuneration — have it on hand to reimburse one time persons immediately; or by arrangement with the congregation/pastor. (Revised 2006)
Weekly WorshipSingle service – $150; each additional service – $40 (Revised 2013)
If a class is taught – $40 additional (Revised 2011)
Communion presider only – $30 per service.
Total mileage should be paid at the IRS approved rate. (Revised 2001)
Other Services(weddings, funerals, etc.)
$120 per service, plus mileage at the IRS approved rate, paid by the congregation. This would be in addition to any honorarium the pastor might receive from the family members.
Tri-Synodical Fall Theological Conference
Sept. 24-26, 2017
West Des Moines, Iowa
The Tri-Synodical Fall Theological Conference is an opportunity for rostered ministers (pastors and deacons) and spouses from the three Iowa ELCA synods to relax, rejuvenate and be refreshed with their colleagues. The 2017 event features keynote presenters Bishop Guy Erwin and Pastor Anna Madsen. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be in attendance. The conference includes theological discussions, worship services, group meals, and designated free time.
Check back for registration information.
Day of Renewal
March 16, 2017
Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls
This annual mini-retreat gives synod rostered leaders a day to step away from the hurried pace of Lenten schedules and responsibilities to be refreshed. This year’s theme will focus on Martin Luther’s Large and Small Catechisms, with the Rev. Dr. Kathryn “Kit” Kleinhans presenting. The event includes a learning opportunity, time with the Bishop, and a service of Holy Communion.
To register by the March 9 deadline, call the synod office at 319-352-1414 or send an email.
The Tri-State Forum and Wartburg Theological Seminary offer continuing education programs for clergy and congregational members to engage in worship, learning and conversation, and earn continuing education units (CEU). Learn more about Wartburg’s “Learning for Life, Seminary for Everyone” events.
Living Waters Retreat Centers
Rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod and their families may reserve time at one of the Living Waters Retreat Centers for a safe, private place to retreat, relax, and renew physically, emotionally and spiritually.