Documents and Resources​

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Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations
Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations updated 2019
Annual Report to the Bishop
Annual Rostered Reports to be filed with the Bishop
Central States Synod Constitution
Current Constitution of the Central States Synod {June, 2021}
Church Council Roles & Responsibilities
Descriptions of Church Council members roles and responsibilities
Compensation Guidelines
Current compensation and benefit guidelines for Rostered Ministers, Pastors and Deacons
Compensation Tutorial
Video tutorial for 2021 compensation guidelines
Compensation Worksheet
Compensation calculation worksheet (Excel Spreadsheet)
Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline
ELCA guidelines for discipline: Rostered Ministers, Congregations and Members
Gift Acceptance Policy
CSS policy for managing donations, bequests, & charitable gifts
IRS Requirements and Regulations
Link to the IRS form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification
Misconduct Policy
Synod Policy regarding sexual misconduct by rostered ministers
Model Constitution for Congregations
Sample Constitution for Congregations updated 2019
Parochial Reports (Forms A & C)
ELCA Parochial Reports
Political Campaign Activity
Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by 501(c)(3) organizations
Portico Benefit Services
Portico Financial Resources
Summary of financial resources available from Portico
Protection Guidelines for Youth and Vulnerable Adults
Policy guidelines to protect youth and vulnerable adults
Secretary Resources
ELCA resources for Council Secretaries
Synod Budget 2021
Budget approved June 2020
Treasurer Resources
ELCA resources for council treasurers

Call and Candidacy

Guidelines for Retiring Pastors
Guidelines for Departing Pastors
Transition Manual
ELCA Churchwide Candidacy Resources
Candidacy Discernment
A discernment guide regarding ministry in the ELCA


Select Learning
DVD and Online Course catalog
Parish Ministry Education and Associate Program information, documents and resources
Continuing Education
Directory of Schools within Central States Synod offering continuing education for Rostered Leaders
ELCA Seminaries
Seminaries of the ELCA

Church Council​

Election to a Congregation Council carries with it the respect and trust of the constituency of your congregation. The value of your willingness to make a contribution to the life of your congregation is significant and appreciated. Your contribution involves your time, expertise, enthusiasm and energy. Saying yes to this responsibility brings some basic duties. In addition to Chapter 12 of the Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA, your congregation's bylaws could include the following responsibilities: