Synodical Resources

Annual Congregation Information Report

Please report the leadership in your congregation by filling out this form.

Background Checks

Information and forms for congregations related to background checks.

Calling a Pastor

Sample forms, contracts, and letter of call documents for congregations calling ordained clergy. Also includes sample RLP forms for clergy.

Calling an Interim Pastor

This model interim ministry contract may be altered or revised to fit the particular practices of the congregation or the circumstances of the pastor.

Compensation Guidelines

These guidelines offer guidance regarding the minimum levels of compensation that are appropriate for pastors, rostered lay leaders, Synodically Authorized Ministers and non-rostered employees of congregations in the synod. These guidelines are designed to be a resource to assist church leaders in compensating church workers in ways that are fair, supportive and mission-driven.

Disaffiliation from the ELCA

Our congregation has decided we want to consider disaffiliating from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. What are the steps that we need to take?

Guidelines for Writing Synod Assembly Resolutions

The following information will help you prepare resolutions for consideration at the assembly.

IRS Mileage Rates

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.

Request for On-Leave from Call

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.

Sabbatical Guidelines

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.