This week, the synod’s Assignment Committee met to assign graduates to congregations, schools, and mission settings. At the Call Day service on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Professor John Hartwig began his sermon by asking, “What would you like to hear today?”
For the candidates, their families, parents, and grandparents, it was only a few minutes later that they heard where they were headed to serve. In all, 36 men were assigned. Of those, 31 were seniors receiving their first call and five were from the class of 2015 who were reassigned to one-year calls. Four were from the class of 2014 and one was from 2013.
WELS President Mark Schroeder prefaced the assignments by reminding them that “it’s about to get very real.” While many were called to serve established congregations, seven were assigned to home and world mission settings, two to tutor positions at WELS ministerial education schools, and three as assistants to district presidents.
The service was streamed live and 1185 computers logged on from Kentucky, Nevada, California, New York City, Florida, Nebraska, Asia, Arizona, Indiana, Colorado, Washington, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Entire classrooms were watching too: a 4th grade class from St. Mark’s, Watertown, Wis.; the 8th grade at St. Paul, Lake Mills Wis.; 7-8th graders from Martin Luther, Oshkosh, Wis.; and students from Luther Preparatory School, Watertown.
On Tuesday, May 17, at an evening worship service, 26 middlers were assigned to congregations throughout North America to serve for their vicar year. Both assignment lists are available at http://www.wls.wels.net/about-wls/assignment-list/.
Watch the archived footage from both services at http://livestream.com/WLSLive.