Congregation Governance

Congregation Constitution Information The documents and links provided below will help church councils as they update and modify their congregation’s constitution so that the document is in compliance with ELCA Churchwide constitutional guidelines. P...

Mission Support

Mission Support As members of the ELCA, our faith in a loving God frees us to be generous and to boldly participate in God’s work in the world. Stewardship is not simply about paying the church’s bills. It is about how congregations can together liv...

Church Administration

The care of resources and exercise of good stewardship is an important component of ministry.  The following resources are provided to assist you with best practices in your congregation. If you have questions or need assistance, you are welcome to c...

Sabbatical Resources

Sabbatical leaves are granted to provide an opportunity for rostered leaders to take an extended period of time for renewal, enrichment, study, spiritual growth, travel, skill development, research, and / or experimentation. Upon return, the leader, ideally,...

Call Process Resources

The call process is the time of saying goodbye to one pastor and welcoming another. It also can be confusing and complicated time for those leading the call process.  The following documents are here to help guide pastors and congregations through the ca...

Stewardship Resources

Stewardship ministry in the Southeastern Iowa Synod is faithfully carried out in congregations.  The Commission for Evangelical Mission seeks to provide encouragement, training and resources for stewardship leaders in congregations.  As part o...

500th Anniversary

500th Anniversary of the Reformation October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the Ninety-Five These s . This significant Reformation anniversary will make Martin Luther and the Lutheran tradition a topic ...

Compensation Guidelines

Congregations support those called/appointed in various ways: prayer, encouragement, various events of appreciation and financial support. For purposes of staff support, each congregation is expected to have a staff support committee as specified in the...

Weekly Prayers

Prayers for April The synod encourages congregations to continue praying during Sunday worship for the renewal of the church by praying for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, other synods, and people throughout the world. April ...
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