Congregations in Transition

Updated July 1, 2020

The following congregations in our synod are experiencing a pastoral transition. If you are interested in being considered for any of these parishes, please notify our office. In our call procedure, multiple names may be given to a Call Committee, and candidates are free to explore multiple Ministry Site Profiles. You may be sure that careful consideration will be given to your interest.

Key:  0= Not calling at this time  | 1 = In study | 2 = Ready for or Interviewing | 3 = Voting (See explanations below)

KeyCongregation/ChargeConferencePosition
1Mercersburg, St. JohnChambersburgPastor
2St. Thomas, Saint ThomasChambersburgPastor
1Bendersville, Bendersville ParishGettysburgPastor
1Biglerville, St. Paul & BendersGettysburgPastor
1York Springs, Garden of Grace ParishGettysburgPart-time Pastor
1East Berlin, TrinityHanoverPastor
2Camp Hill, GraceHarrisburgPart-time Assoc. Pastor
3Highspire, St. PeterHarrisburgPastor
2Hummelstown, ZionHarrisburgPastor
3Steelton, TrinityHarrisburgPastor
1Bainbridge, St. LukeLancasterPastor
1Columbia, St. JohnLancasterPastor
2Lancaster, RedeemerLancasterPastor
1Landisville, ZionLancasterPastor
2Millersville, St. PaulLancasterPastor
1Quarryville, Mt. EdenLancasterPart-time Pastor
2Lebanon, St. MatthewLebanonPart-time Pastor
2Lebanon, ZionLebanonPart-time Pastor
1Lititz, Brickerville UnitedNorth LancasterPastor
1Etters, ZionNorth YorkPart-time pastor
1Manchester, ChristNorth YorkPastor
0Duncannon, ChristPerryPastor
1Seven Valleys, FriedensaalSouth YorkPastor
1Dillsburg, St. PaulWest ShorePastor
1York, ShilohYorkPastor
1Wrightsville, TrinityYorkPart-time Pastor
1West York, St. JamesYorkPastor
1York, Grace and York, TrinityYorkPart-time Pastor
1York, St. MarkYorkPastor

Key Explanations:

0 = Not calling at this time: These congregations are stable, generally served by a part-time interim minister, and are engaging in longer-term self study to determine their future.

1 = In study: These congregations are expecting to call a pastor and are preparing their Mission Site Profile in anticipation of receiving names. This often takes many months.

2 = Ready for or Interviewing: These congregations have completed their Mission Site Profiles and are either ready to receive candidates or in the middle of interviews.

3 = Voting: These congregations have narrowed their search to a final candidate and are planning to conduct a vote.

If your congregation is considering increasing your staff to include a leader who is not a pastor but is theologically trained, you might think about calling a rostered lay leader. Associates in Ministry, Diaconal Ministers, and Deaconesses are not ordained as pastors are, but they are commissioned or consecrated by the church and called to ministries of Word and Service. Among these service ministries are Christian education, music, social outreach, visitation, chaplaincy, youth ministry, counseling, parish worker, and health ministries. To learn more about rostered lay leaders in our synod, contact Pastor Robert Blezard, Lower Susquehanna Synod, at 1.800.692.7282 x 109 or at rblezard@lss-elca.org.

The following is a list of congregations looking to fill rostered lay leader positions as we know them now.  If you are interested in being considered for any of these parishes, please notify my office as soon as possible.  You may be sure that careful consideration will be given to your interest.

None at this time