Category: Vocations and Leadership

April 11, 2023

2023 Rostered Ministry Compensation Guidelines

The SEPA Synod Executive Committee has determined the 2023 Unadjusted Minimum Salary for Rostered Ministers to be $64,671 ($46,671 salary and $18,000 housing) for Pastors, and $48,072 for Deacons. For pastors who reside in a parsonage, the minimum is $46,671. These amounts were determined by taking the existing SEPA 2019 amount and applying the subsequent...

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September 13, 2021

How’s Your Vocation Going?

The Rev. Karen Sease, Assistant to the Bishop for Vocations and Leadership/Mission Advancement, reminds us that “vocation” is a calling on our lives that extends beyond professional ministries in the church. [ See video and transcript below. ] 〝But if you’re still wondering about rostered ministry, still praying about whether God is calling you to be a...

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January 17, 2018

What is the Most Important Trait of a Leader?

The Rev. Amy Reumann, ELCA Director of Advocacy, answers this question and “What is the best leadership advice you have received?” In this new video, part of Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative. Reumann was previously executive director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania. Watch the video at Learn more at

May 12, 2015

Pastoral Transition Process Reviewed

The conversation on the floor of the 2015 Synod Assembly around the Report of the Resolution Task Force on Transitional Ministry was at times both encouraging and tense. A forum, attended by about 60 people later in the afternoon, offered the opportunity for people to discuss the transition process in more detail. While acknowledging that...

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November 21, 2014

We’re Stronger Together…Forming Candidates

Steinly Do you know how we, together, identify and form tomorrow’s church professionals? “We’re blessed that the Synod’s Candidacy process is evaluative, supportive and formative,” says senior Seminarian Kat Steinly. “SEPA really tries to bring candidates together to build relationships,” says Kat, who grew up at Trinity, Perkasie. The Synod is very supportive of the contributions...

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May 10, 2014

Assembly Congratulates Newly Approved Candidates

The Assembly congratulated six new candidates for call on their approvals.. Those called to be rostered leaders of our church begin their journey in local congregations where fellow members and the called leaders of the congregation nurture them. These future leaders then formally enter the Candidacy Process through the Synod. Guided by seminary faculty and...

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November 11, 2013

Little Receives 2013 Purpose Prize

Welcome Church Pastor Violet Little honored with prize for people over 60 solving tough social problems.   The Rev. Violet Little, pastor of Philadelphia’s Welcome Church ministering to people experiencing homelessness, is one of seven winners of the 2013 Purpose Prize, which honors people over 60 who are using their “second acts” to make a...

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