West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Continuing education offerings are varied...very varied.
We can't track them all, but we do try to collect and
advertise all those sponsored by the synod and our major
partners. You can review these at our Education
for Clergy & Laity page.
If you are in need of racial justice training, there are
two coming up in the not so distant future. Again, visit
the Education for Clergy
& Laity page for more information.
Bishop Riegel's, "On Baptism
during a Pandemic," is now posted on line and also
available as a PDF. It is revised as of 21 January 2022.
The clergy compensation guideline for 2022 has been
approved by Synod Council. The final document is still in
drafting. We have posted the actions of Synod Council on
the on the Clergy Compensation page. For
details on the 2021 compensation guideline, including
family leave, sabbatical, and Rostered Leader Debt
Reduction visit the Clergy
Looking for a supply preacher?
If you need coverage, you will find a list supply
preachers (and ordained presbyters for Eucharistic
services) on our Supply
Preaching & Presiding page.
Are you listed as a supply preacher?
If you are clergy available for supply
preaching/presiding does +Riegel know? With the pandemic
and pandemical conditions changing from week to week,
preachers identifying themselves as available (or not) for
supply work has been a moving target. If your availability
changes, let +Riegel
know. To check and see how you are listed, visit the Supply page.
Processes and Opportunities
A new Pastoral Transition
& Vacancy page has been uploaded. You will find
there guidance related to transition (coming and going) as
well as multiple forms that should be completed as part of
a transition process. The "going" (i.e., the pastor is
leaving the call) has been completed in the upload. The
"coming" (i.e., a pastor is moving into a new call) is
still being formatted; the old information is here until
formatting on the new page is complete.
Pastors looking to enter mobility (whether intrasynodical
or extrasynodical) should contact the bishop.
The Rostered Ministers Profile (quondam "Roster Leader
Profile" and "mobility form"), other forms, and supporting
instructions are available at ELCA.org's
Rostered Ministers page. Click on the link you will
find there, and it will take you to your login screen. If
for any reason, you need your Rostered Leader Number, contact the bishop.
Are you a member of the clergy of the ELCA (or
full-communion partner) interested in learning more about
WV-WMD (or do you know someone who might be? 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 and gift. A list of openings
reviewed by visiting our Pulpit Vacancies
page (or click on the table at right). You will find there
opportunities for congregational ministry and also any
specialized ministries that might be open at the moment.
Over $4000 in debt reduction grants were awarded to
pastors of the WV-WMD synod for the FY 2021-2022 cycle.
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 from 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.
Apply for RLDR Grant
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org