Administration and Finance Resources
- Rev. Juliet Focken
- Rev. Megan Morrow
- Rev. Kristen Van Stee
- Rev. Jon Mapa
When a congregation seeks to call a Pastor or Deacon, it enters a Call Process. Each Call Process is different based on the needs of the congregation, but each process also follows a typical pattern. For more information please contact the Bishop’s Assistant that relates to your congregation.
The Synod’s Compensation Guidelines provide congregations with guidance to use as they consider the compensation for pastors and deacons. Congregations are also encouraged to use these guidelines for professional lay staff.
The Compensation Guidelines are developed each year by the Synod’s Leadership Development Table and approved by the Synod Assembly.
- Congregational Leader Form
Congregations in Transition
Congregations in Transition (Last Updated January 28, 2022)
- Treasurer's Remittance
- Portico Health Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by Value Options (a partner of Blue Cross and Blue Shield), provides EAP counseling, support and referral services to Portico plan members and covered family members.
Call 800-432-5155 to talk to an EAP professional about stress, relationships, family issues, work issues or any other personal concerns. This number is listed on the back of Portico members’ health insurance cards and the phone line is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Eligible EAP services include telephone consultation, assessment and in-person counseling, typically one to six visits.
Additional information about EAP can be found by signing in to myPortico.PorticoBenefits.org under “Health & Other Coverage”.
Mission Investment Fund
Mission Investment Fund – https://www.mif.elca.org/
Opportunities in the Nebraska Synod and the ELCA
Following to Lead
- Training resources for Congregations
- Church Leadership 101
- Difficult Conversations
- Difficult Conversations PP
- ELCA Social Media Planning & Procedures
- ECLA Social Media Platforms & Content
- Healthy Communication 8 Rules
- Healthy Dialogue
- How to tell your story and social media
- How to tell your story notes for PPT
- Missional Culture
- Treasurer 101 Training
- Treasurer 201 Training
- Annual meetings
- Mileage Reporting
- ELCA Mission Planning Resources
- Quick Check
The Parish Paper
NOTE: This is the final edition of The Parish Paper.
A message from the Parish Paper: From the beginning, The Parish Paper‘s business model has been reprint-rights: one subscription with multiple copies for a church or judicatory. That model fit well for the age of the mimeograph and the monthly packet of photocopied information sheets sent out by the judicatory office. However, the rise of the Internet, the invention of the iPhone, and the dominance of social media have rendered this model obsolete. Consequently, this is the final edition of The Parish Paper. We thank the loyal subscribers who have been part of this ministry.
- Shared Ministry Resources
- Congregational Vitality Survey
- Outreach Table
- Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders
First Call Theological Education
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- How, Then, Will I Lead
- Theological Courses in Spanish
Make Me an Instrument
At a time when it seems almost everything can lead to contention, we who are called to lead in the church are still bold to pray the Prayer of St Francis: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” Learn some key strategies to live into that prayer and strategies for dealing with contention and for preaching in conflicted times.