Resources for Congregations

Synod Directory – Directory for the Metro D.C. ELCA Synod

Constitution and Bylaws
Constitution and Bylaws of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod

Compensation Guidelines – Compensation guidelines for rostered leaders.
Call Process in Congregations – “Our pastor has resigned; What now?”
Safe Church – Safe Church resources, including the synod Statement of Policy Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Members of the Clergy and Rostered Layperson
Forms – Forms repository, including Statements of Intent (SOIs) and more

If you don’t find what you need here, please contact the synod office via email or at 202-417-3678 so that we can connect you with the resources you need.

Congregation Life Resources

Vacancy Handbook: “From Pastoral Vacancy to Installation” – A 25 page tool to guide congregations from pastoral vacancy to installation.

Candidacy – How does one become a pastor or other rostered leader?
Close as Act of Mission – How some congregations face a tough choice
Salary Guidelines – Compensation recommendations
Supply Preachers – A current list of supply pastors can be found in the Synod Directory. If you have any questions please contact the synod office at
FCTE – First Call Theological Education
Youth Protection Policy – for Synod-sponsored Youth Events
Mission Spending Plan – Mission spending plan of the synod
Best Practices for Growing Congregations – (ppt file) – Presentation by the Rev. Phil Hirsch (2/14)
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