For Congregations

Call Process

Pastoral transitions happen for many reasons, including retirement or resignation. When a pastor leaves the congregation has an opportunity to assess its ministries as they prepare to call a new pastor. Many tools exist to help congregations in this transition period. The following resources have been compiled for use by our synod’s congregations.  Clicking the […]


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The synod has adopted expectations for reconciliation, based on Matthew 18: 15-20.  The expectation is that congregations
 their members 
 to resolve disagreements among themselves.  Clearly, parking lot meetings, gossip, complaining to other members, personal attacks, and quiet withdrawal are ineffective and inappropriate methods for dealing with grievances. Following

Safe Church

Check out resources from FEMA on protecting houses of worship here.  Child Abuse Protection The synod’s Child Protection Policy (revised Nov 2014) is intended to assist congregations in developing a child protection policy. It contains the recommendations of the USS for its congregations, as well as providing an example policy which may serve as a resource […]


Stewardship Resources: “Where Offerings Go” ELCA Stewardship Website Stewardship of Life Institute Website PowerPoint presentations done by Chick Lane at a Bishop’s Day and at an event for congregations.  Lane is the author of Ask, Thank Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation and loves working with congregations. Chick has extensive consulting experience helping churches […]

World Hunger

The World Hunger Task Force of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, in partnership with ELCA World Hunger,  invites congregations and individuals to join in Christ’s call to serve “the least of these”.  In addition to direct financial support for relief and development, feeding the hungry also involves providing education about the problem of hunger, and advocating […]