Congregation Resources


Call Process

Calling a pastor? The documents in this section will guide you through the process. For questions that aren’t answered here, please contact the President’s Office.

Vacancy and Call Process – Detailed Checklist

Calling a Pastor – Basic Steps

Calling a Pastor – Seminary Placement

Preparing Your Congregation (Pre-Call Documents)

Congregational Self-Evaluation (C-SET)

Community and Congregation Information

Pastoral Characteristics

Compensation Information

           Nomination of Pastor Form

Calling a commissioned worker? The documents in this section will guide you through the process. For questions that aren’t answered here, please contact the President’s Office.

Official Call Rubric COP

Guidance Document for Calling a Commissioned Worker (unofficial)

Calls vs. Contracts for Commissioned Ministers

Worship Resources

The LCMS webpages below offer a variety of worship resources, including Bible studies, prayers, church music resources, and bulletin inserts.

Worship and Prayer

Church Year Calendar – Church Readings & Parament Colors

Vicarage Forms

Vicarage forms need to be obtained from a password-protected site. Those forms include:

Vicarage Application Form

Vicarage Application Form (Instructions)

Vicarage Application Form (General Information)

Vicarage Application Form (Instructions for a Concurrent Vicarage)

Vicarage Application Form (Tax Bulletin Regarding Vicars)

Vicarage Assignment Form (SMP Applicants Only)

Please contact Tami in the President’s Office for a link to the site, a username, and a password. You can find the site here: Council of Presidents (COP) Resources.

President’s Office

Rev. Justin A. Panzer
785-357-4441, ext. 5001

Tami Lierz
Administrative Assistant
785-357-4441, ext. 5001

Reformation 500 Essay Booklet

After 500 years, it’s still all about Jesus. You can read all about it in these 12 essays, written by Kansas District pastors to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.



Alliance Defending Freedom

The LCMS Kansas District is collaborating with the ADF Church Alliance and ADF Ministry Alliance to help educate, prepare, and protect congregations and schools on matters involving religious liberty. Benefits of joining the Alliance include document review to ensure that you have the highest religious liberty protections in place; attorney consultation when faced with religious liberty questions; a membership portal providing access to legal resources; and legal representation when appropriate and necessary without additional cost.

LCMS Kansas District congregations and schools can join the Alliance with a 20% discount. We invite you to explore the information available, including the websites linked above and the and videos below. Congregations and schools interested in a membership should contact the District Office for next steps and promo codes to use when joining.

NOTE: A church and school under the same 501c3 license will join the Ministry Alliance. Churches and schools that do NOT share the same FEIN will require separate memberships.

Additional Resources