Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/Index of July 2014 IssueIssue 35 of Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/33http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/33<div class="ExternalClassD0D9625C0A834495A2C9E51C8C7720D9"><div><strong>Mission Investment Fund offers the expertise of church building consultants</strong></div><div>Is your congregation or ministry considering a building project? The experienced church building consultants of the Mission Investment Fund can get you started in the right direction. MIF church building consultants help plan building programs that support the congregation’s or ministry’s mission. These experts evaluate existing facilities, encourage best practices in church design, suggest sustainable building practices and explain lending options. <a href="http&#58;//www.mif.elca.org/church-building-consultants" target="_blank">&gt;more</a></div><div>​<br></div><div><strong>Portico long-term care insurance opportunity</strong></div><div>Thanks to the collective buying power of ELCA plan members, they and eligible family members can apply for discounted long-term care insurance through LTC Financial Partners and Transamerica. Having this insurance can help you manage the costs of long-term care should you need it in the future. Those who qualify will purchase directly from Transamerica; sponsoring employers won't play an administrative or financial role. <a href="http&#58;//www.porticoltc.com/"></a>&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.porticoltc.com/" target="_blank">&gt;more</a>&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Safety guidelines for offering Wi-Fi to your congregation</strong></div><div>There are many benefits to offering free wireless Internet access to your congregation — but they don’t come without risks. Putting a plan in place to reduce those risks is one way to help ensure a safe and secure Internet experience for all. <a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=74&amp;page=Feature&amp;utm_campaign=riskreporter14&amp;utm_source=WinterRR&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=feature" target="_blank">&gt;more</a></div><div><br></div><div><strong>A first aid kit can make all the difference</strong></div><div>If well stocked and properly utilized, a first aid kit can help you handle a variety of minor emergencies. <a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2257&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Alerts&amp;riskalertid=27" target="_blank">&gt;more</a></div><div><br></div><div><strong>​Social Security tax for clergy</strong></div><div>Clergy are considered self-employed for purposes of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) applies special rules when dealing with clergy taxes and withholdings. <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Social_Security_And_Other_Information_For_Clergy_And_Religious.docx">&gt;more​</a></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Online giving – automating our commitments</strong></div><div>Online giving is a tool that can help us grow into habits and commitments. The ELCA is trying to encourage more congregations that are not already offering online giving options to take the plunge and get going. Funds have been set aside to cover the first year monthly fees for up to 100 congregations on a first-come, first served basis to start offering online giving through Vanco, the long-time partner with Thrivent in the Simply Giving Program. There are no set-up fees or long-term contracts to take advantage of this offer, which runs from July 15 through September 30, 2014. <a href="https&#58;//www.electronicdonations.com/partners/elca/home.html" target="_blank">&gt;more</a></div>​<br></div>07/14/2014Mission Investment Fund offers the expertise of church building consultantsArticle 1, July 2014 - Issue 35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/34http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/34<div class="ExternalClass9C805B0725F74C839F5BAFB19C568006"><p>​Is your congregation or ministry considering a building project? The experienced church building consultants of the Mission Investment Fund can get you started in the right direction. MIF church building consultants help plan building programs that support the congregation’s or ministry’s mission. These experts evaluate existing facilities, encourage best practices in church design, suggest sustainable building practices and explain lending options. <a href="http&#58;//www.mif.elca.org/church-building-consultants" target="_blank">&gt;more​</a></p></div>07/14/2014Safety guidelines for offering Wi-Fi to your congregationArticle 2, July 2014 - Issue 35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/35<div class="ExternalClass940E311729524D99840A59B02D808C21"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">​</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;"></span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">There are many benefits to offering free wireless Internet access to your congregation — but they don’t come without risks. Putting a plan in place to reduce those risks is one way to help ensure a safe and secure Internet experience for all.&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">&gt;</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;"></span><a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=74&amp;page=Feature&amp;utm_campaign=riskreporter14&amp;utm_source=WinterRR&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=feature" target="_blank"><span style="line-height&#58;20.799999237060547px;">more​</span></a></p></div>07/14/2014Portico long-term care insurance opportunityArticle 3, July 2014 - Issue 35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/37http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/37<div class="ExternalClass5625AC53EE174946B8021973AC8E3E00"><p>​Thanks to the collective buying power of ELCA plan members, they and eligible family members can apply for discounted long-term care insurance through LTC Financial Partners and Transamerica. Having this insurance can help you manage the costs of long-term care should you need it in the future. Those who qualify will purchase directly from Transamerica; sponsoring employers won't play an administrative or financial role. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//www.porticoltc.com/">more​</a> &#160;</p></div>07/14/2014A first aid kit can make all the differenceArticle 4, July 2014 - Issue 35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/36http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/36<div class="ExternalClass6068F4BF27B54E2EA666525053A26797"><p>​If well stocked and properly utilized, a first aid kit can help you handle a variety of minor emergencies. &gt;<a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2257&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Alerts&amp;riskalertid=27" target="_blank">more​</a></p></div>07/14/2014Social Security tax for clergyArticle 5, July 2014 - Issue 35http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/38http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/38<div class="ExternalClass95226D5F22BC4DDA909CF2FEE683F44E"><p>​Clergy are considered self-employed for purposes of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) applies special rules when dealing with clergy taxes and withholdings. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Social_Security_And_Other_Information_For_Clergy_And_Religious.docx">more​</a></p></div>07/14/2014