The synod has an excellent community of pastors specifically prepared to work in congregations during times of transition. Many have had years of experience in this ministry and meet each month for prayer, education, and support.
As soon as a congregation knows it will need an interim pastor, the council president calls the synod office and asks for Karen Ohm. After conversation and discernment, the synod office will suggest names (usually two or three) of interim pastors it believes could serve the congregation well. Once the council decides to call an interim pastor, it completes this form in consultation with the interim pastor and sends it to the synod office.