This document presumes that a congregation pursuing the steps to dissolve the
congregation has already explored other possibilities with respect to organizational
ministry. Dissolution may ultimately and honestly be the conclusion of the life cycle of the
congregation’s purpose and existence.
This document offers some general steps that a congregation would follow in order to
carry out dissolution with respect to itself, the synod, and any governmental authorities.
In addition, while beyond the scope of this document, it is acknowledged that attention
needs to be given to the nature of change and to the pastoral care of souls affected by the
conclusion of a congregation’s existence, and will require their own unique care, focus
and management. Everyone involved in this process is encouraged to practice a posture
of prayer, respect and honesty when working with each other.