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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.

Congregational Annual Report Cover for 2017 Reports

The 2018 ELCA Yearbook is now online and known as the ELCA Directory. Just as the printing press changed the world during Martin Luther’s time, so are the digitization of data and the internet changing the way we publish and access information. This digital online solution will provide the same content as the ELCA Yearbook with added features of accessing the information from any computer (including mobile devices), filtering and annual reporting. ELCA Online Directory 

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 (2018) 

Call for Resolutions for the 2018 Synod Assembly

Resolutions for consideration by the 2018 Southwest California Synod Assembly are due in the synod office no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. Resolutions may come from any institution, agency, synod ministry board, coalition, congregation, or individual, and must bear the signatures of at least five people who are members of the Southwest California Synod. Detailed information here.

Resolution Submittal Form 

Synod Assembly Sample Resolution

Synod Grant Applications

The application window for 2018 grants is now closed. Check out the links below, including the sample essay and financial plan, so you can get a head start on applying for a grant next year!

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! See below for downloadable applications and instructions for grants to be awarded at the 2018 Synod Assembly. The deadline to receive grant applications in the synod office is January 19, 2018.

Questions? Contact 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

Human Resources

2018 Employment Laws

The California legislature has been busy making changes for 2018.  Starting January 1, 2018, California employers are prohibited from making any pre-employment salary inquiries, are required to post new workplace posters, and may be required (depending on total number of employees) to provide eligible employees with additional unpaid job-protected leave to bond with a new child, among other things. Read more here.

Living the Resurrection

Viviendo la Resurrección (download)

Gather, Grow & Go Information

A Statement on Same Gender Marriage in the State of California


A Brief Guide for Archives of Congregations