Ablaze Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church have appointed a call committee to pursue the process of calling an associate pastor to serve the Ablaze Campus and be part of the pastoral team. The call process is designed to help assure that we allow God to make the selection. The responsibility of the church is to prayerfully discern the leading of the Holy Spirit in the matter.
The following people are serving on the committee:
Donny Hall (Committee Chairman)
David Edwards (Committee Vice-Chairman)
Scott Dittmer (OSL President)
Herb Wise (Ablaze Head Elder)
David Edwards (OSL Head Elder)
Shannon O’Brien (DCE, Ablaze campus)
Brandi Murray (OSL campus worshiper)
Pastor Dreier and Pastor Spomer (Advisory)
The committee will provide regular updates about the progress of the process on this page. You can submit questions to the committee by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will periodocally post the answers to those questions in the FAQ section down below.
If you have someone that you would like the committee to consider as a candidate, please click the button below to submit your candidate.
Updates from the Call Committee (9-26-22)
To date, the Call Committee has met 3 times. The required Congregational Self-Study has been submitted to the Oklahoma District President of the LCMS for his review and use in how he provides assistance to the congregation throughout this process. The period for submission of candidate names from the congregation to the Call Committee has closed as of 9-25-22. To these names, the Call Committee has also generated a list of names for consideration and the District President can also add (or remove) names for consideration upon his review of the Candidate List, which will be submitted to him later this week for his review.
The District President has requested a personal, on-site visit by himself and the Circuit Visitor for our area in order to view the campuses and meet with the pastors and lay leaders of the church to better inform them on the future plans and mission of the church so that they might be in the best position to assist the church in calling the best candidate to successfully carry out those plans and mission. Presently, that visit is scheduled for October 4 th . Afterwards, the Call Committee will await the return of the Candidate List from the District President before proceeding to the next step which is selecting which candidates to pursue “in-person” (Zoom) interviews. That process is likely to take 2-3 weeks, depending on the number of interviews to be held and when they can be scheduled. Anticipation is that this process will be complete at some point in November.
After the conclusion of all interviews, the Call Committee will meet in person to discuss the various candidates, spend time in prayer as a group, and determine if the group believes it is led to recommend a candidate to the congregation for purposes of voting to issue a call to them for the position of Associate Pastor. To be respectful to all involved and to not add additional time commitments during the month of December and the Advent Season, if this process cannot be completed by the end of November, the Call Committee will wait until January to schedule a meeting for voting on a call.
Please continue to lift up the Call Committee in prayer asking for discernment of God’s leading in this process, the future associate pastor of our church for the Spirit to be moving in his heart and mind preparing him for the call to come, and for the members of our church for commitment to the mission before us and support of the man God had selected to help lead us forward on that mission.
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