As part of the New England Synod’s Healthy Transition for Congregations, Pastors, and Deacons, the Congregation and Pastor Susan Nachtigal have entered into two Covenants.
As members of Trinity Church, we agree:
- to pray for the ongoing mission of Trinity Church and for the leadership of our ministry staff
- to refrain from asking Pastor Nachtigal to perform pastoral services, including baptisms, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, visiting the sick and homebound, etc. and to remind members to refrain from making similar requests
- to show respect and regard for our current pastor by supporting him in performing pastoral duties and to encourage parishioners to seek pastoral services from the current pastor
- to celebrate what will be as we honor what was.
As part of Pastor Nachtigal’s Covenant, she agreed:
- To pray for the ongoing mission of the Congregation and for our current pastor
- To respect the terms of the Covenant of the Congregation
- To not be involved in any leadership or advisory role (public or private) in this Congregation, including any attempt to influence the choice of a successor
- To refrain from language or behavior that could undermine the development of the relationship between the Congregation and the current pastor and/or successor
- To not support or give advice to anyone involved in a congregational disagreement
- To refuse requests for pastoral services made by members of the Congregation, including baptisms, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, visiting the sick and homebound, etc., except as invited by the current pastor, and to consult with the current pastor regarding attendance at worship and special events
- To encourage her family members to support her in maintaining this Covenant and to support the ministry of the Congregation’s current pastor
Neither Covenant affects or requires termination of friendships with individuals who are members of this Congregation.
Please see Jessica Sutherland, Congregation Council President, if you would like any additional information about these covenants.