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Call Committee (Convocation) for Senior Pastor

Pastoral Candidate Questionarire form

The call committee is asking congregation members to submit questions for the senior pastor candidates by noon on Thursday, November 19th. The call committee will be reviewing submitted questions to be used in addition to the standard questions from the call committee during the congregational interview of pastoral candidates. The criteria of questions submitted should reflect information from the pastoral profile.  

Pastor Profile Summary: 

With respect to the skills and characteristics of Trinity’s next pastor, respondents indicated that the pastor should be:

  1. Skilled and energetic in preaching, teaching and worship leadership/contemporary and traditional
  2. Skilled in leadership development: enlists, equips, and motivates people to use their gifts to serve and develop others, including leadership of small group ministry, missional discipleship (“Joining Jesus on His Mission”), and passionate pastoral care of the elderly and homebound
  3. Skilled administrator and able to lead a multi-staff team ministry
  4. Visionary and skilled in working with congregational leadership in vision development and casting

With respect to the characteristics of Trinity Lutheran Church's, respondents indicated that Trinity is:

  1. Traditional and contemporary worship services - no blended service
  2. Supports active and traditional involvement of men, youth, and a stronger involvement of women in the ministry of the congregation
  3. Administration of the Lord's Supper is center left - accepts those who are instructed in what the LCMS believes and those who believe that the Lord’s Supper is the true body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of their since.
  4. Strong in its desire for community outreach, especially supportive of the church’s large preschool

 To submit a question for the call committee to review: click here

Offical Call Committee Members: John Goodwin (President), Chair; Al Leadaman (Vice-president); David Kittrell (head elder); Laura Lockhart (ECM); Larry Forwick; Peter Goodwin; Sue Saxenmeyer; Regina Wilson; (Craig Schinnerer Advisory Pastor); (Dennis Bragdon, Circuit Vistor)

"Convocation" Participants: Jana Anderson; Mike Berrier; Linda Kittrell; Steve Parr; Heather Stephens; Steve Tonjas; Karl Winkler

Other Invited Advisory "Convocation" Participants: Laura Kuegele, Jon Kuehl; Penny Robbins 

Timeline of Calling a Pastor
Call Committee Procedures (5-6 months)

  • Review of Pastor Profile (June 30)
  • Nominations of Candidates (July 5 - July 26)
  • Submission of Candidates (July 27) and Texas District's Research (August-September)
  • Trinity's Research and Interview of Candidates (September-October)
  • Presentation of Call List and Call Meetings (November)
  • Candidate's Prayer and Deliberation (December)
  • Candidate's move to Tyler (January?)

"Convocation" Research 

  • "Scripture and Study" - various topics, especially in the first two months
  • Survey? Interviews? Small Group Meetings? Congregational Meetings? 
  • Report? 

The expanded Call Committee of Trinity Lutheran Church exists to fulfill the congregation's constitutional requirements for the calling of the a pastor, also to shepherd with the interim pastor the incresded apprecaition in the congregation of 1) how this church family functions both according to the Bible and in actuality, 2) how that church family may function in a growingly healthy way, and 3) how such healthly relationships enable us to share Christ's Good News to others outside this church family.