For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11

Transition Process: Step 2


The Interim Pastor will lead a complete assessment of the congregation’s situation.

The assessment includes:


  • Financial situation
  • Building and property
  • Key leaders, teams, committees


  • Growth patterns
  • Congregational size and organizational style
  • Key moments of trauma or success in the past

Mission Field Analysis

  • Who lives in the congregation’s identified mission field
  • Relationship between congregation and the field
  • Target mission populations

Constructing a Vision

  • What will the future look like for this congregation?

Analysis of “system dynamics” of the congregation

  • How are power and influence managed here?
  • Are there subtle patterns of unhealthy or dysfunctional interaction?

If you need more information or have questions, please email the synod office or call us at 773-248-0021.

ELCA Resources

For help in setting up a Ministry Site Profile (MSP), please contact Heather at the synod office at or 773-248-0021.

Transition — The Five Steps

The time between one pastor leaving, and another being called, is called the Transition Process. There are five steps that are included in this process.

Transition Process | The Five Steps

Learn more about each of the five steps: 

Additional Resources


Your Constitution

If your congregation is revising its constitution, or if you have a question about your constitution, email the synod secretary, the Rev. Erin Clausen: .

You can also view a webinar about this topic.

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Change of Contact?

Has your congregation had a change of contact information? Send any updates of your address, phone number or key contact e-mail addresses by emailing Heather Haynes, 

Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office

Ph: 773-248-0021

Address: 1420 W. Dickens Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

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