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Some of these files are PDFs and will not open on Microsoft Office. If you do not have a PDF reader, you can download this one.

Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA (2016) 

Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations as Approved by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly 

Amendments to the Model Constitution for Synods as Approved by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly

Supply Pastor/Pulpit Supply List

2018 Compensation Workbook (includes Salary Guidelines and Supply Pastor Reimbursement)

Treasurer’s Remittance 

Mission Support Letter of Intent (2017) 

Call for Resolutions for the 2017 Synod Assembly/Resolution Submittal Form/Sample Resolution

Synod Grant Applications

Does your congregation or organization support your community? Are funds lacking to make these projects happen? There are two synod grants available helping to fund your projects! Information about deadlines for applications for grants awarded at the 2018 Synod Assembly will be posted here and send to congregations. In the meantime, check out the grant applications and sample below!

Questions? Andreas Hirsch, Synod Director for Finance and Administration, (818) 507-9591 or

Pastoral Call Process Handbooks

Interim Pastor Agreement

Covenants of Closure for Ordained Pastors and Word and Service Rostered Leaders



2011 Performance Planning and Review Process Workbook

Sabbatical Guidelines

Mutual Ministry Committee Booklet (large file, may take a while to download)

Synod Documents

Synod Directory

HR Document Templates

Living the Resurrection

Viviendo la Resurrección (download)

Gather, Grow & Go Information

A Statement on Same Gender Marriage in the State of California