For Congregations

If you don’t find what you need here, please contact the synod office via metrodcelca(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)metrodcelca.org or at 202-417-3678 so that we can connect you with the resources you need.

CONGREGATION LIFE RESOURCES

Call Process in Congregations – “Our pastor has resigned; What now?”
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
FCTE – First Call Theological Education
Youth Protection Policy for Synod-sponsored Youth Events
Safe Church resources, including the synod Statement of Policy Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Members of the Clergy and Rostered Layperson
New and Renewing Congregation Grants

FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS

Constitution & Bylaws – Synod
Constitution & Bylaws – Model for Congregations – link to ELCA churchwide site
Mission Spending Plan of the synod

FORMS

Forms including Statements of Intent (SOIs) and more
Treasurer Desk

SUPPORT

Best Practices for Growing Congregations (ppt file) – Presentation by the Rev. Phil Hirsch (2/14)
Global Ministry Assistance
Stewardship & Mission
Treasurer Desk