The following resources have been compiled for use by our synod’s congregations. The resources below are formatted as PDF and/or MS Word files. Clicking the link will open the document.
- Statement of Intent 2017 for use by pastors, lay presidents and treasurers to inform the synod of their mission support giving intents for the coming year.
- Congregational Leaders Form 2017– Congregations complete this form annually to supply the synod staff with the contact information of current congregational leaders.
- A Resource for the Closing of Congregations (MS Word version) offers support, encouragement, and resources for congregations making a choice to close.
- Office of the Treasurer of the ELCA provides many resources for congregations in the financial realm. Find them here: http://www.elca.org/Resources/Financial. Of particular interest may be the Audit Guide and Financial and Accounting Guide.
- The 2018 Rostered Persons’ Compensation and Benefits Guidelines Manual is a resource distributed annually to USS rostered leaders and congregational treasurers. Click here to download the Word version. (Note: The 2017 Rostered Persons’ Compensation and Benefits Guidelines Manual is still available here: Word Version)
- Congregation Audit: The ELCA Model Congregation Constitution requires that an annual audit of the congregation’s financial accounting be performed, but it does not define what a congregational audit is. While specifying that a three-member audit committee be elected by the council, it does not say what kind of work an audit committee must do. Nor is there any requirement that the audit be performed by a professional, or that it conform to generally accepted auditing standards, or that it be prefaced by the usual representations and caveats that auditing firms incorporate into their audits. Congregations vary greatly in size, ministries, resources and budgets. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. To a professional auditor or accountant, the audit intended for most congregational settings may be closer in professional jargon to a “review.” In some congregations, however, especially larger ones or those with significant endowments or others funds, it is highly advisable to have a professional audit conducted by a qualified independent accounting firm; but others, due to cost and budget considerations, may wish to have an independent member(s) of the congregation with an accounting or financial background perform the audit. If the congregation determines that this is not practical or economical to have an external audit every year, then it may be performed on a two or three year cycle with an internal audit performed in the interim years. For detailed advice on conducting a congregational audit, consult the ELCA website (www.elca.org) and the “Congregation Audit Guide.”
- Mutual Ministry Handbook is a tool for congregational mutual ministry teams to use in beginning their ministry together or to engage in evaluating their congregation’s mutual ministry. Click here for a PDF version.