Resources for Congregations in Transition

Transitions are a part of life, filled with both challenge and opportunity. For communities of faith, transitions are fertile ground for God’s transformational work. When a congregation begins this journey of transformation, the Metro D.C. Synod staff accompanies congregations and rostered ministers. Congregational transitions are incredibly significant in the life of the whole church. They offer a rare opportunity for renewal and a time to reflect on the ministry and future of each congregation in unique ways. Entering the transition process intentionally and thoughtfully allows the Holy Spirit to move and breathe new life into the ministry of your congregation. 

Available Resources

Transition Process Overview

The synod has a process to help congregations and rostered ministers achieve healthy transitions, described more fully in Healthy Transitions Guide linked above.

The process is designed to ensure healthy closure with an outgoing leader, assist the congregation in assessing its needs and beginning ministry in the interim period, and move into interviewing candidates and calling a new leader

The congregation prepares for the departure of an outgoing rostered minister and the synod assists in reviewing the call process with the congregation and determining the congregation’s interim ministry needs.

An interim pastor or other rostered minister may be engaged while the congregation and its church council assess their needs and appoint a call committee. 

You can find the Covenant for Interim Ministry here.

The synod reviews the pool of available candidates and forwards information to the congregation call committee, which interviews candidates and recommends a candidate to the church council.

A congregational meeting date is arranged with the synod and held to approve the calling of a notified candidate.

The Call Vote/Meeting Template is available here for further guidance. 

Once a candidate considers and accepts the call, the congregation concludes the interim arrangement and welcomes the new leader to their congregation. 

Metro D.C. Synod Congregations in Transition

Christ | Bethesda, MD

Holy Comforter | Washington, D.C. 

Our Redeemer | Washington, D.C. 

St. Matthew’s | Washington, D.C. 

Bethel | Manassas, VA

Living Faith | Rockville, MD

St. Matthew’s | Woodbridge, VA

Abiding Presence | Burke, VA


Community | Sterling, VA – Call Vote to be held on August 8, 2021

Good Shepherd | Alexandria, VA – Call Vote to be held on August , 2021

Holy Trinity | Falls Church, VA – Call Vote to be held on September 19, 2021

Redeemer | McLean, VA – Call vote to be held on September 15, 2021

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