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 December 1, 2021)
- Treasurer's Remittance
Portico Health Benefits
Portico Health Benefits – https://myportico.porticobenefits.org
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
- 2020 Fall Congregational Meetings Memo
- Annual meetings
2021 Portico Changes
For Council Leaders (Portico Letter to Church Council Leaders pdf available here)
Note on Mileage Reporting (Mileage Reporting pdf available here)
- Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders
First Call Theological Education
Check back for more details
- 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.
- Reformation 2020 Resources
- TheoCon 2019 Resources