Periodically the bishop and members of the synod staff hear various concerns expressed about risk management issues in congregations. Here are a few resources on these topics.
The current IRS mileage reimbursement rate, based on actual miles driven and reported by the pastor using his/her personal vehicle for business, medical, moving, and charitable work, should be used by congregations. Congregations are advised to stay abreast of current IRS regulations pertaining to auto expense reimbursement rates.
Pastor-2-Pastor is part colleague group and part continuing education event for rostered leaders of Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota focused on the support and wellness of our rostered leadership. Join us at Concordia College as we take part in 24-hour continuing education events with a variety of speakers two times each year. Continue to connect with your colleagues for times of mutual prayer and support in monthly colleague groups.
A listing of pastors, associates in ministry, and lay persons who are interested in doing supply preaching in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod.
A rostered person wishing to continue On-Leave from Call (OLC) status beyond 3 years, must make such a request in writing a minimum of 6 months before the completion of 3 years OLC status.
Retirement forms and policies for rostered leaders.
All persons in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America engage in a holistic and systemic approach to life-long learning and development. For rostered persons, this includes extended study and renewal of a minimum of one to three months every three to five years in present call. For rostered persons involved in the First Call Theological Education program, this three to five year period begins upon completion of that program.
Seminary costs are currently $20,000 to $30,000 per year at ELCA seminaries. The average debt accumulation for current seminary students is more than $40,000. This grant program helps relieve the seminary debt for newly graduated pastors called to serve in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod.
Locations and times for Bible and lectionary studies/meetings for pastors and lay leaders throughout the NWMN Synod.
Our monthly Bible studies for 2016 will focus on the faith practice of fearlessly and lovingly speaking the truth—in the face of all our propensities toward denying reality, sidestepping the obvious, and “stuffing” our feelings. The Scriptures are continually revealing truth and love at the crossroads of our life within the body of Christ.