Just curious about this as I just found out today my pastor is being called to a different church. Our synod (Lutheran) gives churches a list of potential pastors to choose from and the church “calls” their choice and then the pastor can either accept or deny the call. The weirdest thing is that the call lists are made public weekly online.
It just seems wrong that I know he might be leaving when he was just called a week ago and it is likely few others know. I only know because a family member thought she recognized his name on the list (she works for a synod entity). I really wish I didn’t know. I had a really tough experience with a pastor growing up and the current pastor is the first pastor I’ve really trusted, so it will be tough to see him go if he does accept the call.
So, how does your church choose its pastor?