Author Topic: Pastoral Call differences in LCMS & ELCA  (Read 2409 times)

John Dornheim

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Re: Pastoral Call differences in LCMS & ELCA
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2007, 01:09:32 AM »
We use the "extended a call" language too.  In the ELCA, do congregations generally call from within their own district synods, or do they call from the wider church?  Can a sem/university prof who is ordained be called to a parish?
Are calls ever extended to a pastor in the ELCIC, other Lutheran bodies or other full communion partners such as TEC?
Thanks.

In the case of a married couple where both are ordained, have both spouses ever been jointly called?

When I served in the Allegheny Synod, I was friends with a clergy couple who had been called to the same congregation. I do not believe that they were unique.

John Dornheim

Charles_Austin

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Re: Pastoral Call differences in LCMS & ELCA
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2007, 05:40:09 AM »
There are numerous situations throughout the ELCA where pastoral spouses, both ordained, hold a call to the same congregation.

edoughty

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Re: Pastoral Call differences in LCMS & ELCA
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2007, 08:09:01 AM »
There are numerous situations throughout the ELCA where pastoral spouses, both ordained, hold a call to the same congregation.

In the congregation to which my brother and his wife belong, for a time the pastoral leadership was a clergy couple.  It was said that one of them tended to afflict the comfortable, the other tended to comfort the afflicted; so it worked.

Erik Doughty
Minneapolis, MN