For Rostered Leaders

Annual Reports

A Parochial Report (Forms A and C) is expected to be completed on an annual basis by February if snail-mailed or March if completed online.  Go to http://www.elca.org/About/Churchwide/Office-of-the-Secretary/Rostered-Ministers. The Parochial Report, while perhaps a tedious task to complete, nonetheless plays an important part in connecting your congregation with the mission and ministry of the whole […]


Congregational Files

Record-keeping is an important administrative detail for which pastors are ultimately responsible. Upon leaving a call, the synod requires a congregation’s elected secretary to verify that all congregational records are up-to-date and in good order. The model constitution for congregations specifies that it is the pastor’s responsibility to maintain the parish register. These registers already […]


Ethical Practices

Normative Ethical Practices for Rostered Leaders of the USS: (Adopted by the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly in 1996) The Oath of Ordination requires a pastor to “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior by a holy life and conversation that in all our words and deeds we may seek (God’s) glory and the increase of […]


First Call

Click here for the document “First Call: Preparing for a Successful Ministry” The above document will help prepare a first call pastor, the calling congregation, and the synod for a successful transition into ministry together.  The information below describes our synod’s practices/expectations regarding theological education for rostered leaders in the first three years of their […]


HIPAA Guidance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996.  This federal legislation imposes national standards for the control of sensitive health care information.  There has been some confusion among local hospitals and nursing homes in implementing these new standards.  This has resulted in some recent inadvertent denial of patient information to clergy […]


Intentional Interim Ministry

Intentional Interim Ministry is a fairly new concept and process in the Upper Susquehanna Synod.  Although it is more than 25 years old in the ELCA, and a few of our congregations had experienced this ministry through the work of pastors from other synods, it was introduced to our synod when four pastors began the […]


Leave for Pastors

The following describes this synod’s recommendations and policies regarding sabbatical leave, vacation, family leave (maternity/paternity), and holidays. Sabbatical Leave Consideration should be given by congregations to granting a sabbatical leave to a pastor every three to five years, beyond the First Call Theological Education program.  This leave is granted to provide an opportunity for the […]


On-Leave-from-Call

1.    A written request must be sent to the synodical bishop. This request must state clearly the reason(s) for such a request and how these reasons relate to the church’s ministry. 2.    The request must include the following information: a.    The rationale for the rostered minister remaining on the roster, including a statement of the […]


Supply Pastors

The following describes how pastors may arrange for and compensate Sunday morning supply preachers in the event they are not able to be present for worship.   How do pastors or congregations obtain a supply pastor? Any pastor regularly serving a congregation, including a stated supply pastor or an interim pastor who is the stated […]


Transition into a New Call

This can be an exciting time of thanksgiving for both a congregation and their pastor-elect. At the same time, it can be a difficult time for the pastor being called and his/her family. The congregations of this Synod have been encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of its new pastor who is leaving one […]


Difficult Conversations

“Difficult Conversations and a New Way of Talking” was the theme of the 2016 Bishop’s Retreat held in State College.  Here are documents shared at that retreat: Bishop’s PowerPoint Presentation Gregg Kaufman’s Presentation, Part 1 Gregg Kaufman’s Presentation, Part 2 Climate Choices Gender-based Violence God Commons Health Care Issue Book Making Ends Meet Deliberate Dialogue […]


Ministry Opportunities

(Updated March 21, 2017) United Lutheran Seminary is hiring for an Associate Director of Admissions on the Gettysburg Campus.  Click here for a job description.   Salary is low 50’s plus full benefits packet.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Meighan at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg at emeighan@ltsg.edu or 717-338-3001.   Currently served by […]