Our Resources

2024 Compensation & Benefits Guidelines Now Available

On our CONGREGATIONAL RESOURCES PAGE you will find the 2024 Suggested Compensation and Benefit Guidelines, which have been updated from the previous year. 

DOWNLOADS AND LINKS BY TOPIC, A-Z

 

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Abortion / Pro-Life Resources: CLICK HERE

Administrators’ Conference: CLICK HERE

Advent Social Media Images: CLICK HERE

All Professional Church Workers’ Conference: CLICK HERE

Archives (instructions for congregational archives): CLICK HERE

A-Z Index of Synod (LCMS) Resources: CLICK HERE

 

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Best Practices of Outreach Ministries of Lutheran Schools As a Faith Forming Ecosystem (Rev. Dr. Marvin Bergman, 2015): CLICK HERE

Business and Finance Documents (Congregational resources including compensation & benefits, manuals, bylaws, etc.): CLICK HERE

Bylaws, 2022 Nebraska District: CLICK HERE

 

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Call Process and Documents (What to do when your pastor receives a call; vacancy/supply pastor information; calling pastors, DCEs, and teachers): CLICK HERE

Campus Ministry (Learn more and connect students): CLICK HERE

Church Worker, Congregation, and School Anniversaries: CLICK HERE

Church Worker Debt Retirement (forms and terms): CLICK HERE

Church Worker Wellness (CPS, counseling, financial planning, etc.) CLICK HERE

Compensation and Benefits Guidelines: CLICK HERE

Compensating Guest/Supply/Vacancy Pastors: CLICK HERE

Congregational and District Archives (Prepare, maintain, preserve congregational historical records): CLICK HERE

Congregation Remittances (Mission and Ministry Support to the District): DOWNLOAD FORM

Congregational Resources: CLICK HERE

Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines for Congregations: CLICK HERE

Counseling—GracePoint Institute for Relational Health: CLICK HERE

 

D

Debt, Church Worker Debt Retirement: Award Policy HERE  • Application Form HERE

Directors of Christian Education (DCE): CLICK HERE

Disaster Response Information (including LERT and Comfort Dogs): CLICK HERE

District Archives: CLICK HERE

District Bylaws (2022)CLICK HERE

District Convention: CLICK HERE

District Reporter newsletter (subscribe, archive): CLICK HERE

District Youth Gathering (High School): CLICK HERE

 

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Educator and School Forms (includes Annual Reporting Form, Application for Inactive Status, Application for Reinstatement, Lutheran Annual Form): CLICK HERE

Education and Youth Newsletter Archive: CLICK HERE

Educator Awards: CLICK HERE

Educators’ Conference: CLICK HERE

Employee Benefits for Church Workers: CLICK HERE

Employment Resource Manual: CLICK HERE

 

G

Gift Planning (and LCMS Foundation): CLICK HERE

Gift Planning Resources for Congregations (content for newsletters and bulletins): CLICK HERE 

GracePoint Institute for Relational Health: CLICK HERE

Guest (supply) Pastors: CLICK HERE

Guidelines for Constitutions and Bylaws of Lutheran Congregations: CLICK HERE

Guidelines for Constitutions and Bylaws of Small and Developing Lutheran Congregations: CLICK HERE

 

H

Handbook, LCMS Constitution, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation (2019): CLICK HERE

Health and Wellness, Parish: CLICK HERE

Hearts for Jesus archive: CLICK HERE

 

L

Lent Social Media Images: CLICK HERE

Life Resources (Pro-life and abortion recovery information): CLICK HERE

LCEF (Lutheran Church Extension Fund): CLICK HERE

LCMS A-Z Index of Resources: CLICK HERE

LCMS Foundation (Gift Planning): CLICK HERE

Lutheran Education and Youth Ministry: CLICK HERE

Lutheran Schools Statistics: CLICK HERE

 

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Making Disciples for Life: CLICK HERE

Manuals for Congregational Business Managers and Treasurers: CLICK HERE

Marriage Policy for LCMS Member Congregations: CLICK HERE

Middle School Youth Gathering: CLICK HERE

Missional Communities Workshop: Audio Files HERE //  Handouts HERE

 

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Newsletters, Education & Youth Newsletter Archive (Sharing His Heart–DCE newsletter, In the Loop–Administrator newsletter, Tidbits–Early Childhood Educator newsletter): CLICK HERE 

Newsletter, District Reporter: CLICK HERE

Newsletter, Weekly Update: CLICK HERE

 

O

Obituaries (Nebraska District rostered church workers): CLICK HERE

Outreach Resources: CLICK HERE

 

P

Parish Health and Wellness / Parish Nursing: CLICK HERE

Partnership Project documents: CLICK HERE

Pastoral Calls: CLICK HERE

Pastoral Vacancies: CLICK HERE

Pastors’ Conference: CLICK HERE

Pastors’ Conferences Videos and Files Archives: CLICK HERE

Pastors, Resources:  CLICK HERE

Personnel Manual Prototype for Congregations and Districts: CLICK HERE

Project Compass forms: CLICK HERE

Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation and Gender Idenity Lawsuits: CLICK HERE

 

R

Record Retention Recommendations: CLICK HERE

Remittances, Congregation (Mission and Ministry Support to the District): DOWNLOAD FORM

Reporter (Nebraska District): CLICK HERE

Resources for Parish Health (includes accessibility, ministry to those with disabilities, domestic violence, etc.): CLICK HERE

Resources for Pastors: CLICK HERE

Revising Congregational Constitutions and Bylaws (Guidelines): CLICK HERE

 

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Scholarships Information: CLICK HERE

Scholarship Forms, District Student Aid: CLICK HERE

Scholarship Forms, Lutheran Laymen’s League: CLICK HERE

Social Issues (Synod Resources on Social Issues)  CLICK HERE

Social Media Images, Advent & Lent: CLICK HERE

Statistics, Lutheran Schools: CLICK HERE

Stewardship: CLICK HERE

  • Concordia Journal, Spring 2020–Stewardship EditionCLICK HERE
  • Stewardship Under the Cross–Stewardship for the Confessional Lutheran ParishCLICK HERE
  • Thinking About Stewardship Video Study (Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann): Full study guide with answers found HERE  //  Video sessions can be viewed or downloaded HERE

Supply List/Supply (guest) Pastors: CLICK HERE

 

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Taxes and Ministers Handbook: CLICK HERE

Treasurer’s Manual: CLICK HERE

 

U

Upcoming Events: CLICK HERE

 

V

Video Collection on Vimeo: CLICK HERE

 

W

Weekly Update Newsletter archive: CLICK HERE

What to do when a pastor receives a call: CLICK HERE

Wives of Pastors Retreat: CLICK HERE

Y

Youth Gatherings: CLICK HERE

Youth Ministry Resources: CLICK HERE