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 2021 is now available! Download the 2021 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 2021 may be downloaded by clicking on these links:
Concordia Plan Services Compensation Decision Support Tool
Ministries can now generate a compensation estimate for positions in both the Parish Professional and Pastoral segments. The output document for each compensation estimate includes extensive information about other compensation considerations including core benefits, time off considerations, salary and tax issues and more. To access the tool, visit https://tc.cbiz.com/CompToolCPS/Login.aspx.
Compensation Decision Support Tools are available for LCMS congregations and schools, including early childhood centers, to generate compensation estimates for positions including teachers and administrators.
For more specific guidance on any compensation issue, please contact the district office. For more specific guidance on how to use the CPS Compensation Decision Support tool, please contact Dave Kuschel at Concordia Plan Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concordia Plan Services HR and Payroll Services
Concordia Plan Services is now offering HR Services, a new tool to assist ministries by providing them access to valuable human resources services and tools to help you manage and solve your HR issues. Plus, their certified HR advisors can help you navigate complex HR situations and find the answers you need. HR Services can provide you with the information and resources you need to stay compliant and keep on top of legal changes that relate to personnel issues. HR Services can help your ministry: build your handbook, develop HR documents, keep up with legislation that affects HR, and help answer specific HR needs and problems. This paid subscription service offers tools and resources customized to your ministry, and takes into account state and municipal regulations and requirements. Learn more here: https://www.concordiaplans.org/our-solutions/human-resources-services
Click here to view a quick introduction about what CPS HR Services has to offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVv6J0yyG2U
Sign up for the free monthly employer newsletter “Connecting the Dots” or search the newsletters archive: https://www.concordiaplans.org/administrative-information/connecting-the-dots-archives
Concordia Plan Services has also partnered with two of the leading payroll companies who can provide your ministry with accurate, time-saving payroll services solutions. They offer:
- Custom solutions from payroll experts.
- Robust, flexible, easy-to-use software.
- Tax compliance support.
- Experience serving faith-based organizations.
- Discounted rates for LCMS ministries.
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 to understand and apply sound employment principles. For the current manual, visit Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page, scroll down to the “Personnel Matters” section, then download the Employment Resource Manual. Click here to access the Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page.
Record Retention Recommendations
Many treasurers find the Record Retention Sheet from the manual a useful guide. For the current manual, visit Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page, scroll down to the “Personnel Matters” section, then download the Employment Resource Manual and scroll to the chapter on Record Retention. Click here to access the Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page.
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 by visiting Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page, scroll down to the “Financial Matters” section, then download the Taxes and Ministers. Click here to access the Synod’s Church Office Administration Resources page.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
Active Shooter Response Plans
We encourage congregations interested in security plans to make use of the following online resources provided by the LCMS Security Officer at Synod headquarters:
The Synod recommends that congregations work with their local law enforcement to put a plan into place that works for the congregation and for the local agency.