For Congregations

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


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


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


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


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