Tools for Congregations Newsfeed


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.

2018 Annual Report Cover: Full Cover; Single Page

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

Pulpit Supply 

2020 Compensation Workbook (includes Salary Guidelines and Supply Pastor Reimbursement)

Treasurer's Remittance 

Mission Support Letter of Intent
2019 English
2019 Spanish 

Audit Resources

Synod Grant Applications

The Endowment Committee awards grant for Mission Outreach from The Mission and Ministry Fund to be used for mission outreach as defined in the synod's mission goals. Typically, grants range from $500 to $5,000.
The Charles and Mable Warner Trust Fund, administered by the Executive Committee of the Synod Council, awards grants designated for the construction of Sunday School facilities and to further youth Christian education. Typically, grants range from $1,000 to $5,000, pending availability of funds.

2020 Synod Grant applications are due February 21, 2020. See the resources below for more information! 

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

Human Resources

Portico Information

Employment Laws

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.

Becoming a Reconciling in Christ Congregation 

Resources for Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Enslaved Africans to North America

Living the Resurrection

What is God Up To? 

Viviendo la Resurrección (download)

A Statement on Same Gender Marriage in the State of California


A Brief Guide for Archives of Congregations