- Continuing Education
- Annual Report to Bishop
- Compensation Guidelines
- Interested in serving?
- Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
Synod Clergy Continuing Education
At the Winter 2018 Synod Clergy Continuing Education
Event, the presbyteral college elected to establish a
committee for the design, planning, and management of
synod sponsored clergy continuing education with one
representative from each of the four conferences. It is
worth noting that CA97.2.7(a)(1)(a) encourages "a minimum
of 50 contact hours per year of intentional continuing
education, or 150 contact hours each three-year period."
Synod Cont. Ed, as we currently have it configured, only
provides 8-10 per year.
Serving on the the Continuing Ed Committee we have Pr.
Christine Olson (PC), Pr. Kevin Mackey (OKVC), Pr. Casey
Leineman (MVMC), and Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC), with Bp.
Riegel as an advisory member. Synod clergy should feel
free to talk to their conference's committee member about
ideas and concerns related to continuing ed.
SCALD (Symposium for Central
Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics) is designed as a day of
theological discussion, employing the symposium model.
Presenters will give papers with discussion of those
papers open to all participants. This will be our second
SCALD. The first was very well received (and great fun).
This is about providing an intellectually engaging and
profitable opportunity for rank and file pastors and lay
theologians (amateur and professional) to test their all
too often private ruminations among those capable of
being critical and convivial at the same time.
SCALD II's papers...
- The Rev. Christine Olson --- Ask, Search, Knock.
Opened? A Case for a Theology of Prayer in a "Just Do
- The Rev. Brian McClinton --- "You mean we can't
sing Pass it on in Church": Hymnody and the
theological importance in Christian education
- The Rev. Jonathon Jenkins --- A (More)
- Vr. James Demmel --- On the Concept of Irony
with Continual Reference to Kierkegaard
- Dr. Eric Crump --- Shameless - and Mindless: A
Proposed ‘Sexual Reformation’ in Need of Enlightenment
Logistics: The sessions will be held in the
morning (starting at 10:15 AM) and afternoon on
Thursday, 21 Feb 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Keyser, WV. Lunch will be on your own, but there will be
plenty of time for folks to go to any of the town's
eateries. The symposium itself is free. To follow
SCALD II on facebook, click https://www.facebook.com/events/1106084496233604/.
BTW, in the photo at right is The Rev. Elizabeth Hadaway
delivering her paper, titled, "The Babylonian Captivity of
the Clergy Spouse," a very interesting critique of
commonly held ideas about the role of the clergy spouse in
light of Augustana XIV, XVI, and XXIII.
LARCUM 2019: Christianity & Civil
The WV Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist
Dialogue will be held 9-12 September 2019 at the John XXIII
Pastoral Center, Charleston, WV, under the "Christianity
& Civil Government: History, Theology, Implications."
This event usually provides 10-12 contact hours.
Scholarships are available for first time participants.
Registration info is not yet online, but (if you have a
facebook account) you can follow develops for this specific
LARCUM (2019) at https://www.facebook.com/events/237249680228634/.
Remember, the fbEvent is not a registration for the event,
but, by RSVPing there, you will get updates on registration
and related matters. So, RSVP today. If you would like to
join the WV LARCUM conversation on facebook, click https://www.facebook.com/WVLARCUM
First Call Theological Education
CA95.6.55 ...To require, by the fall of 1997, that
all newly rostered pastors and lay leaders
participate, throughout their first three
years of ministry under call, in structured programs
of theological education, designed and supervised by
their synods, according to churchwide standards;....
The 1995 ELCA Churchwide Assembly mandated continuing
education for the first three years of called ministry.
The synods of Region 8, compacting, even during the
preceding two-year pilot phase, to establish a region-wide
approach, developed a program featuring an annual plenary
retreat and regular geographical cohort groups. The annual
3-day retreat is held in early November not far from
Gettysburg, PA. The geographical cohort is currently run
on a synodical basis with the bishop having direct
oversight. The cohort has begun meeting on a nearly
monthly basis. All new first-call pastors and deacons will
be contacted by the bishop with details related to this
Rostered Minister's Report to Bishop
The governing documents of our church state the
S14.15. Each minister of Word and Sacrament on the
roster of this synod shall submit a report of his or
her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90
days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod
*C9.13. The pastor(s) shall submit a report of his
or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90
days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod
Pursuant to these provisions, all rostered leaders (under
call or not) are required to submit said report by 2 March
2019. An accepted report form may be downloaded from the
ELCA Office of the Secretary Website. The report form is
in PDF. Be sure to save the report before exiting or you
will lose your information. After completing, email to
Bishop@WV-WMD.org with the subject line, "Rostered
Minister Report." If you have questions about how to
complete the report, contact +Riegel. Here are the links.
Select the report that is appropriate to you.
Please note, WV-WMD Synod does not currently have any
Ministers of Word & Service on the roster. Omission of
these forms is not intended as an insult. As soon as
WV-WMD has deacons, the forms will go up. Until then, we
wish to avoid people filling out the wrong form
Pastoral Compensation Guidelines etc.
The guidelines for 2019 pastoral compensation are posted
The form, Definition
of Compensation, Benefits, And Responsibilities
for Ministers of Word and Sacrament Under Call,
can be downloaded from the ELCA resource cache (by
clicking the linked title). This form should be completed
as part of the call process. From time to time, it should
be reviewed by both the pastor and the congregation.
Sabbatical & Family Leave
Synod Assembly 2000 adopted sabbatical guidelines,
amending them in 2001. These guidelines are under review,
but, in the meantime, they provide a basis for a
congregation and its pastor to discuss the granting of a
sabbatical. As guidelines, they may be modified to meet
local conditions. Any sabbatical represents a mutual
understanding between the congregation and its pastor.
Contact the bishop if you would like assistance navigating
the issues connected to sabbatical. To download the WV-WMD
Sabbatical Guidelines, click here.
The Synod also adopted guidelines for family leave. This
guideline covers maternity/paternity and the care of ill
family members when the providing of such care requires
extended absence from pastoral duties. To download the WV-WMD Family
Leave Guidelines, click here.
Interested in Serving in WV-WMD
Are you a pastor of the ELCA (or full-communion partner)
interested in learning more about WV-WMD? Drop us a line.
You can email the +Riegel at Bishop@WV-WMD.org or call the
office (304-363-4030). There is plenty to commend service
and life in our mountains and in our valleys. Like
Nebraska, it's not for everyone, but, for those who aren't
afraid of an adventure, we have a great mix of challenge
Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
The WV-WMD Synod has conducted a rostered leader debt
reduction program since 2002. Through this program, pastors
and deacons with educational debt can be assisted with
payment on the principal. The Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
Fund is supported by voluntary contributions by individuals,
congregations, church-related auxiliaries, and a line item
in the synod budget. The amount in the fund is expended each
fiscal year as direct payments to lending agencies.
Guidelines for the Rostered Leader Debt Reduction Program
can be downloaded
here. The next grant cycle will open in December 2019.