A Resource for the Closing of Congregations

Congregational Asset Management Task Force of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, February 2011.


This resource provides a theological and practical guide to closing a congregation.


worksheet on congregational stability, liturgy of leave-taking, practical checklists

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Take the first steps towards closing your congregation by using the practical checklists to evalaute property, financial assets, and membership status.
  • Recruit and establish a task force to take point, staying on top of legacy projects and legal considerations.

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