congregational resources


synod resources

Congregation Contribution/Synod Remittance Form


Council Training Videos:

Jakelle - "Nuts and Bolts"

Shar - "Role of the Council" & "Healthy Congregations"

Bishop Terry, Mytch & Keith - "The Changing Church"

Training Slides


Council Training Documents:

Giving Thought to a Narrative Budget

Guidelines for Congregations: Internal Control Best Practices

Guide for Use of the Model Constitution for Congregations

Handling Financial Matters in the Congregation

IRS Requirement for Churches

Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA (2016)

Recommendations for Congregation Secretaries

Records Retention Schedule for Congregations of the ELCA



Compensation Guidelines

2018 Compensation and Policy Guidelines

Definition of Compensation, Benefits and Responsibilities of the pastor

Steps for completion of Compensation, Benefits and Responsibilities of the pastor


ELCA Office of the Treasurer:

The Resources for Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers document is very helpful and covers many topics including:

Responsiblities of a Treasurer

Cash Handling Suggestion

Audit Procedure

Records Management

W-2 Help / Payroll Tax Obligations

ELCA downloadable Financial Resources


ELCA Portico Benefit Services:

Portico has an EmployerLink for Treasurers & Benefits Administrators which includes useful information for rates, forms, calculators, and instructions for the ELCA's pensions and health plan. A printable format and worksheet for manually determining insurance costs are available with the Compensation and Benefits Guidelines found below.




congregational updates

To report any congregational updates, please complete the form or contact Synod Ministry Coordinator Alia Bartell

alia@eandsynod.org

701-232-3381


Update form




ministry review

Ministry Review: A time for a synod ministry review team to work with a congregational review team in order to reflect on and assess the strengths, needs, and direction of a congregation and its ministry. The review will include a report that will affirm the God-given gifts and strengths of the congregation and provide recommendations to consider for future ministry.

For more information about additional resouces for your congregation click here. 


Have questions? Contact Pastor Keith Zeh -- keith@eandsynod.org


"I was a part of the Ministry Review of Augustana in Grand Forks. The Ministry Review Process was a very positive experience. It opened our eyes to the many needs of the community immediately around us and provided us with numerous new ways we can serve it. I'm excited by the many opportunities in front of us as we work towards calling our next pastor." 

 -James Lindlauf   

mission interpreter

What is a Mission Interpreter?

A mission interpreter is a follower of Jesus Christ whom God calls and equips to draw attention to what God is doing in the world and in the church. A mission interpreter expresses gratitude, tells what is happening, and invites participation in God’s mission.

Mission Interpreter document

What happens at a council visit?