Transition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What’s Your Question?

The Transition Team wants to answer your questions about our church’s transition since our former pastor’s retirement.

We will answer those questions here, as well as in the newsletter each month and also on the Transition Team bulletin board in the narthex.

Please submit your questions to any Transition Team member, Church Council member, or email koktransitions@gmail.com.


Q:  What is the process for reviewing permanent Pastor candidates?

A:  A Permanent Pastor Call Committee will be formed in 2018 and will represent a cross section of the congregation. The Bishop’s Office will forward names to this committee which, along with the Church Council, will work through the interview and trial sermon process.  It is possible that only one name at a time will be provided by the Bishop’s office. As previously mentioned, a special congregational meeting will be held once a final candidate is identified and the congregation will vote to call that candidate to be our next Pastor.  

Q:  What feedback can the congregation give regarding the hiring of the permanent Pastor?

A:  A Permanent Pastor Call Team will be formed by November 2018 and will represent a cross section of the congregation.  The Permanent Pastor Call Team will interview candidates in conjunction with the Church Council.  A special congregational meeting will be held once a final candidate is identified and the congregation will vote to call that candidate to be our next Pastor.

Q: Where do I get a full copy of the timeline?

A: The timeline in the Narthex is a high level view of key transition and congregational events. We are in the process of updating the timeline with information from the recent Leadership Retreat and expect to have the new timeline posted in the near future. In addition, for those who are interested, a detailed timeline with all events related to the transition will be available on a table near the bulletin board.

Q: What is the difference between Pastor Carroll, the Intentional Interim Pastor (IIP), and a Call Pastor?

A: Pastor Carroll, the Intentional Interim Pastor (IIP), provides a bridge when a congregation has experienced a long-term pastorate and needs to create a bridge between the old and new. Pastor Carroll will serve King of Kings for a year to 18 months, prior to the selection of the next Call pastor. The role of Pastor Carroll includes preaching God’s Word; providing leadership, support, and mentoring to our leadership team through modeling and training; leading the regular meetings of the church while providing unity among the leadership team; acting as a liaison with the Synod and the ELCA; and performing general pastoral duties as requested. An IIP signs a contract with our congregation and is compensated the same as the pastor, including benefits and other expenses.

A Call Pastor becomes the permanent pastor of our congregation. Candidate names are provided by the Bishop’s office to the Call Pastor Search Team (which will be in place by November 2018) and the Council. Candidates are interviewed by these groups and they will listen to candidates preach. Once a finalist is determined, that person preaches a sermon at King of Kings and the congregation has an opportunity to vote and offer a pastoral call to that finalist.

Q: What if we don’t like Pastor Carroll, the IIP?

A: Pastor Carroll will serve our congregation for a specific period of time under contract, and his leadership style may be different from the previous pastor. If a serious issue develops, language in the contract signed between Pastor Carroll and the Church Council allows either party to break the contract.


If you have any questions about this process or have other questions about the transition in general, please contact a Transition Team member (Chris Jordan, Anna Salem, Steve Miller, Julie Yoder, Barb Nies, Jerry Holland, Howie Mansfield, or Anita Leitgeb) or a Council member (Barb Winkel, Doug Keim, Niel Zuern, Pat Lebel, Jenna Wysokowski, or Greg Yoder).  

We are grateful for your continued prayerful support!