Looking for relevant documents or forms that you cannot locate elsewhere on the site? Try looking here. This spot will serve as the website “Filing Cabinet” to store those documents which will undoubtedly be needed but did not fit neatly elsewhere in the website structure. Expect that this section will grow over time. Make sure and look here when you cannot find what you are looking for anywhere else.
- Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, November 2014
- 2015 Synod Constitution (pdf file)
- Model Constitution for Congregations 2016 (pdf file) Click here for an editable MS Word File.
- Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2016 (pdf file) Click here for an editable MS Word File.
- Guide for Use of the Model Constitution of the ELCA 2014
Policies and Procedures
- Sample Child Protection Policy (pdf) Approved by Synod Council on Nov. 14, 2015. If you have questions or need a copy in Word or RTF, contact Pastor Robert Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop.
- Click here to be redirected to additional resources for Child Protection and Safe Church.
- Guidelines for Relationships Between Congregations and Former Ministers (Covenants of Closure) Approved by Synod Council Nov. 14, 2015.
- Synod Investment Policy for Endowments (pdf)
- Statement of Policy for the Vision of Mission Legacy Fund (pdf)
- Synod Personnel Policy Manual (pdf)
- Congregation Relocation Policy and Process (pdf)
- Synod Whistleblower Policy (pdf)
- Persons Qualified to Solemnize Marriage Under PA Law (pdf)
- Policy Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Members of the Clergy and Rostered Laypersons (pdf) Revised policy, approved by Synod Council on Nov. 14, 2015.
- Preliminary Identification Process Leading to the Election of a Bishop /
Proposed Rules of Procedure for the Election of a Bishop (pdf)
- Lower Susquehanna Synod Social Media Guidelines (pdf)
- Stewardship Education and Mission Support Strategy (pdf)
- Stewardship Strategy Action Plan (pdf)
- Staff Reduction Policy and Procedures (pdf)
- LSS Same Gender Marriage Guidelines (Amended)
- Model Sabbatical Leave Guidelines (pdf)
Deans & Secretaries Manual
- 2016-17 Synod Council Roster
- Deans List 2016-17
- Secretaries List 2016-17
- Synod Council Conference & Committee Liaisons 2015-2016
- Policy on Interim Pastor and Preaching Arrangement
- Deans Manual Procedure for Transition/Interim Period
- Guidelines for Pastor or other Rostered Leader in Search of Call
- Guidelines for Synod Administration
- Notes on Interim Ministry
- Call Manual for Rostered Leaders
- Call Manual for Congregations (and appendices)
- Ministry Site Profile Sample
Handbooks & Misc. Documents (PDF)
- 2015-Assembly-Book (pdf)
Resources for Congregations
- Confronting Bigotry & Hatred: Resources for study and exploration
- At Risk to Risking Mission
- A Resource for the Closing of Congregation
- Leaving a Legacy of Mission and Ministry: A resource for the closing of a congregation
- Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship (FEMA)
- Active Shooter Preparedness (Department of Homeland Security, includes link to webinar “Conducting Security Assessments: Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship”)