For Congregations


The following resources have been compiled for use by our synod’s congregations. The resources below are formatted as PDF and/or MS Word files. Clicking the link will open the document. Important Forms 2018 Statement of Intent for use by pastors, lay presidents and treasurers to inform the synod of their mission support giving intents for the […]

Advocacy Ministry

  Materials adapted from a variety of sources, including the ELCA website.    What is Advocacy? Advocacy is to plead the cause of another together with them and on their behalf. When, for example, the prophets addressed kings and priests on behalf of those suffering injustice, they were advocating.  Advocacy is one way we seek […]

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 […]


Helpful Documents: Cheat Sheet for Updating Your Congregation’s Constitution Highlighted changes for Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA The Congregational Constitutions resource guides congregations in updating, amending, or replacing their congregational constitution.  The constitution of your congregation needs to be regularly updated after every churchwide assembly. Amendments to the constitutions for congregations can be […]

Disaster Recovery

This page will be used to share information about the recovery to a disaster (such as major flooding).  Information shared here will include pastoral letters from the bishop, details on how individuals and congregations can help in the aftermath of a disaster, and any other information that needs to be shared from the synod to […]

Faith Practices This link directs you to several Faith Practices resources that might be useful for your ministry setting as you strive to create followers of Christ who are committed to growing in faith, love and obedience to God’s will.  The “Five Gifts of Discipleship” resources highlight the current Faith Practices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

Fracking Resources

On the recommendation of a bipartisan task group, the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted on June 20, 2014, to call for all environmental and public health exemptions on shale gas and oil drilling and its related processes, known as the “Halliburton loopholes,” to be repealed and all […]


Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company is our synodically-endorsed insurance provider. Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company is one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches and ministries. In business since 1917, Brotherhood Mutual® provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, mission travel insurance, and payroll services* to ministries throughout the United States, including: Churches Church day nurseries Christian […]


The synod’s Reconciliation Team works with congregations who desire to manage conflicts in their faith communities, working toward reconciliation of all parties. The Team consists of lay and ordained members who have trained to consult with and support congregations engaged in this process.  For more information, contact Pastor James Park Bricker at 717-535-5416 or […]


The following resources have been compiled for use by our synod’s congregations. The resources below are formatted as PDF and/or MS Word files. Clicking the link will open the document. 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 […]


Stewardship Resources: “Where Offerings Go”  (see also article below) Stewardship of Life Institute Website PowerPoint presentations done by Chick Lane at 2014 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 […]

World Hunger

“For I was hungry, and you gave me food…” 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 […]