FREQUENTLY REQUESTED FORMS/INFORMATION

Independent Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements

This video, “Where Does Your Offering Go?,” continues to be requested by congregations as they discuss Mission Support after the video’s debut at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. NOTE: A statistic in the video is slightly different for our synod. The Metro D.C. Synod is one of six pilot synods that receive no funds back from the ELCA for things like new church starts and so are resourcing the work of the larger church at 35%.

Resources discussed during a conversation between financial representatives from synod congregations in a conference call on January 16, 2010 coordinated by the synod’s Resource Development Committee are available below. All are pdf files, and all were developed by the ELCA unless otherwise noted.

OVERVIEW Resource Material Overview – from the synod’s Resource Development Committee
GENERAL INFORMATION ELCA-Endorsed Property and Liability Insurance Program
Legal Issues for Congregations
Records Management for Congregations
FINANCIAL INFORMATION Software for Congregations
Internal Control Best Practices – Guidelines for Congregations
Contingency Planning for Congregations
Congregational Treasurers’ and Bookkeepers’ Financial and Accounting Guide
Congregation Data Security Education
Congregation Identity Theft Education Program
Congregational Audit Guide (larger file)
Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations – from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers – from the IRS (2008)