Congregational Resources

congregational resources

 

The Nebraska District offers congregations numerous resources to help keep the business behind ministry running smoothly. Many of these resources are available to be downloaded from this site or from links provided by Synod. These resources are designed to answer questions that might arise and assist in the operation of your ministry.

The following links contain information which will assist you in matters of finance and other organizational matters:

 

Nebraska District Compensation and Benefits Guidelines

The Compensation and Benefits Guidelines can be used by congregations as a guide for suggested salaries, reimbursements, and benefits for professional church workers. These guidelines are minimum suggested compensation levels. You are encouraged to go above the suggested amounts when it is appropriate. The guidelines are updated each year.

The updated version for 2017 is now available! Download the 2017 Suggested Compensation and Benefits Guidelines in Adobe PDF.

In addition, the Business and Finance Office offers these three Excel worksheets to assist your congregation. The updated forms for 2017 may be downloaded by clicking on these links:
Ordained Worksheet
Commissioned Worksheet
Benefits Worksheet

 

Concordia Plan Services and Vitality Wellness

This video from the Minnesota South District provides an overview of Concordia Plan Services and the new Vitality Wellness platform.

More information on Concordia Plan Services can be found on the CPS website.

 

Nebraska District Congregational Remittances Information

Click here to access information and forms needed to keep up to date with your congregational remittances.

 

Employment Resource Manual

Provided to assist congregations and districts of the Synod understand and apply sound employment principles. Click here to download or view a copy of the manual.

 

Record Retention Recommendations

Many treasurers find the Record Retention Sheet from the manual a useful guide. Click here to download or view a copy of the list.

 

Taxes and Ministers Handbook

The “Taxes and Ministers Handbook” is designed to provide selective information for pastors and ministers of religion, including housing allowance information and reporting income and expense. This handbook is updated periodically, and the latest version should be available for downloading by clicking here.

 

Treasurer’s Manual

This manual presents tax, payroll, insurance, finance, and administrative matters that every church addresses at one time or another. It is written so every treasurer, no matter what the level of expertise, will be able to gain something from it. Follow the link to the LCMS webpage to download the current Treasurer’s Manual.

 

Personnel Manual Prototype

The Personnel Manual Prototype is intended to be used as a general overview of procedures and policies established by the congregation for its employees, as well as an explanation of certain benefits provided with this employment. This link will provide a document useful for copying and pasting.

 

Guidelines for Revising Constitution and Bylaws

Follow this link to find information and resources to assist your congregation in revising or drafting bylaws and a constitution. In addition, this link will take you to more information on Synod and District Bylaws.

 

Marriage Policy and Gender Identity Documents

These documents provide guidance for congregations in setting policies on use of facilities and eligibility for marriage services. They are intended to provide guidance especially in the area of addressing the handling of issues that may occur in regard to same gender marriage.

Nebraska District Marriage Policy

Information on Marriage Policies for Member Congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

New Document: Protecting Your Ministry   This document is meant to help congregations and schools be sure they have taken the necessary steps to protect themselves from sexual orientation and gender identity related lawsuits. The Nebraska District encourages all congregations and schools to work through this document carefully.

 

The LCMS Group Purchasing Agreement

The LCMS Group Purchasing Agreement (formerly the National Contract Program) is operated by the LCMS General Services Department as a service to the corporate organizations of the LCMS. Group Purchasing Agreements are buying agreements between selected preferred vendors for products and services that are widely used throughout the church. The concept is that by combining the buying power of the 8,000+ entities of the LCMS we are able to negotiate pricing that would not normally be available to individual organizations.

Services offered through this contract program include:

  • A/V Equipment
  • Background Screening
  • Online Event Registration
  • Office and Janitorial Supplies
  • Office Equipment/Technology Resources
  • Furnishings
  • Telecom Services
  • Moving Companies

Click on this link to visit the LCMS website. Here you can find more information on this program, as well as service descriptions, product information, LCMS pricing, and more.

Multimedia for Nebraska District Congregations

All multimedia materials, including PowerPoints, videos, and PDFs, which the District asks congregations to consider posting are archived here.

Thrivent Choice Dollars Program

Thrivent members become eligible for Thrivent Choice based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership. Eligible members are designated Choice Dollars that they can direct to enrolled charities. The Nebraska District is one of of those enrolled charities, as are many churches and schools. Thrivent Choice Dollars must be designated by March 31 of each year. Learn more by clicking here.

 

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