Documents, Policies, Resources

Auditors Report 2016 Synod Assembly

Congregational Finance

The ELCA Office of the Treasurer offers advice for handling congregation funds, including how to conduct an internal audit. Please visit the ELCA's Financial Page for documents and helpful information.

ELCA Finance Resources

Congregational Revitalization Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The Congregational Renewal Grants assist in efforts designed to bring renewed vitality to your congregation.

pdf Revitalization Grant (Dec 2016) PDF (96 KB)

document Revitalization Grant (Dec 2016) DOC (57 KB)

Employee Handbook (Sample)

Download a sample of an employee handbook from one of our congregations. This template can be used as a guide for congregations wishing to develop their own employee handbook.

Employee Handbook Sample

First Contact Brochure

For a definition of sexual misconduct and more information please read the

pdf First Contact Brochure (38 KB)

I Have a Dream Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The I Have a Dream Fund, established by Margaret and John Payne, provides financial resources for those who long for an end to racism and an increase in understanding across cultural barriers.

pdf I Have a Dream Grant Application (April 2017) PDF (94 KB)

document I Have a Dream Grant Application (April 2017) DOC (16 KB)

Mission Development Fund

The Mission Development Fund was established by the New England Synod Council as a resource fund for the development of new congregations within the territory of the New England Synod. As of late 2016, there are currently fifteen mission starts that have received funds made available from the Mission Development Fund.

pdf MDF Application Process (50 KB)

Model Constitution for ELCA Congregations

The ELCA Office of the Secretary has a page from which you can access a copy of the Model Constitution.

ELCA Office of the Secretary

Pulpit Supply List

pdf Memo, Lay Presiding Guide & Pulpit Supply List (May 2017) (122 KB)

Recommended Honoraria for Supply Pastors (from the New England Synod 2017 Compensation Guidelines): $175 minimum for a single worship service, plus $0.535 per mile (2017 IRS rate) $75 for each additional service that week (same preparation) NOTE: LAY PERSONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO PRESIDE AT EUCHARIST WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE BISHOP.

If your name or information is listed incorrectly, or if you would like your name added, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with that information.

Release Form - Image Use (Sample)

The Synod encourages congregations, groups and individuals to utilize this form from the ELCA to secure permission and release for the use of photos and video images - particularly when securing the image of a person under 18.

document Sample Image Release Form (42 KB)

Safe Church

All congregations are encouraged to develop Safe Church Policies and have all volunteers with Youth and Children attend or view the Safe Church Training materials.

Safe Church Resource Page

Synod Budget Proposal for 2017

Synod Constitution (June 2014)

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The Youth and Young Adult Grants support ministries to serve outreach to those particular age groups.

pdf Youth and Young Adult Grant (Dec 2016) PDF (96 KB)

document Youth and Young Adult Grant (Dec 2016) DOC (57 KB)