Financial

Downloadable Financial Resources for congregations, synods and the Churchwide Organization are provided in the following tabs. If you have questions, please email us.

These reports include budget proposals as approved by the Churchwide Assembly for current and future budget cycles. Current year budgets, as revised by the Church Council, are also provided

Budget Proposal 2014-2016

Budget Proposal 2014-2016

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Income Budget

The income budget is approved by the Churchwide Assembly and revised by the Church Council. It is the projection of income available to the Churchwide Organization for the current fiscal year. The budget may be updated twice annually by the council.

Income Budget

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Spending Authorization

The spending authorization includes the distribution to Churchwide units. It is approved by the Church Council. It may be updated twice annually by the council or more often if necessary.

Spending Authorization

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Quarterly financial reports for the current fiscal year include results for Current Operating Funds, Mission Support, ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Malaria Campaign. Five years of prior year reports are also available. The ELCA Churchwide Organization's Audited Financial Statements are available upon request by sending an email or call us at 800-638-3522 ext. 2900.

Fiscal Year 2014 2nd Quarter Reports

Fiscal Year 2014 2nd Quarter Reports

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Fiscal Year 2014 Mission Support 2nd Quarter Reports

Fiscal Year 2014 Mission Support 2nd Quarter Reports

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Fiscal Year 2014 1st Quarter Reports

Fiscal Year 2014 1st Quarter Reports

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Fiscal Year 2014 Mission Support 1st Quarter Reports

Fiscal Year 2014 Mission Support 1st Quarter Reports

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Fiscal Year 2013 Reports

Fiscal Year 2013 Reports

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Fiscal Year 2013 Mission Support

Fiscal Year 2013 Mission Support

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Fiscal Year 2012 Reports

Reports include a Report of the Treasurer, Summary of Revenue and Expenses, Mission Support and ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Malaria Revenue and Expenses.

Fiscal Year 2012 Reports

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Fiscal Year 2011 Reports

Reports include a Report of the Treasurer, Summary of Revenue and Expenses, Revenue Summary, Mission Support and Unit Spending.

Fiscal Year 2011 Reports

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Fiscal Year 2010 Reports

Reports include a Report of the Treasurer, Summary of Revenue and Expenses, Revenue Summary, Mission Support and Unit Spending.

Fiscal Year 2010 Reports

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Fiscal Year 2009 Reports

Reports include a Report of the Treasurer, Summary of Revenue and Expenses, Revenue Summary, Mission Support and Unit Spending.

Fiscal Year 2009 Reports

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These resources are provided in response to frequently asked questions. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please email us.

Narrative Budgets

A narrative budget integrates dollars, people and ministry.

Narrative Budgets

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Social Security and Other Information for Clergy and Religious Workers

Social Security and Other Information for Clergy and Religious Workers

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Accountable Reimbursement Policies

For business and tax reasons, in most instances, it is in the best interests of the congregation and its staff to have in place an accountable reimbursement policy to pay for the business expenses that are necessary to do the ministry of the congregation.

Accountable Reimbursement Policies

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Accountable Reimbursement Policy Long Form

Accountable Reimbursement Policy Long Form

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Accountable Reimbursement Policy Short Form

Accountable Reimbursement Policy Short Form

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Automobile Actual Expense

Automobile Actual Expense

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Automobile Mileage Expense

Automobile Mileage Expense

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Cash vs. Accrual Methods of Accounting

How does a congregation decide on a way to record transactions? Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of cash vs. accrual methods of accounting.

Cash vs. Accrual Methods of Accounting

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Congregational Audit Guide

This comprehensive guide addresses questions ranging from the simple to complex, such as:Who can perform a congregational audit? How does the audit process begin? What should be done with payroll and tax records? 

Congregational Audit Guide

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Data Security

We as entities that collect, store, and communicate information have a responsibility to those that provide us their information/data to keep it safe and secure. This helpful set of simply slides provide an explanation of PII (Personal Identity Information) and how to keep data secure at many levels.

Data Security

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ELCA Advantage Brochure

ELCA Advantage Brochure

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Financial and Accounting Guide

This guide for treasurers and bookkeepers reviews the responsibilities of the treasurer, creating the chart of accounts, financial reporting and more.

Financial and Accounting Guide

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Financial Contigency Plan

This document addresses key components of financial contingency planning for congregations, including operating reserves, cash flow projections, budget reductions and banking considerations.

Financial Contigency Plan

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Handling Financial Matters

This document is an overview of many of the financial matters relating to the congregation. Some areas mentioned in this document are separation of financial duties, safeguarding offerings, charitable deductions, and designated and restricted gifts.

Handling Financial Matters

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Identity Theft

Congregations -- and congregation administrators -- are not immune from the risk of identity theft nor from the concern members may have for protecting their personal data. Government agencies and private organizations have enacted new laws, regulations and policies intended to prevent the loss of identity information.

Identity Theft

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Internal Control Best Practices

This document describes major financial activities and related best practices in order to assist congregations in establishing their own system.

Internal Control Best Practices

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IRS New Requirement Form - 8822-B

IRS New Requirement Form - 8822-B

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IRS Requirement for Churches Administration Matters

IRS Requirement for Churches Administration Matters

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Program Budget Presentation

This article provides a model for how a congregation can combine the dollar and cents budget and their strategic directions in what is often called a 'Program Budget' to reflect the various programmatic areas of the congregation’s mission and ministries.

Program Budget Presentation

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Sample Expense Voucher

Sample Expense Voucher

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The Office of the Treasurer in collaboration with Information Technology of the ELCA Churchwide Organization has provided a host of resources for synods to make their monthly remittances to the Churchwide Office as simple and as streamlined as possible. Additional resources are provided in response to frequently asked questions about best practices. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please email us.

Authorization for ACH/Electronic Withdrawal

Synods are requested to complete an ACH withdrawal form to streamline the remittance of funds.

Authorization for ACH/Electronic Withdrawal

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ASC Technologies Software-Synods Gift Export Tool 10.x

ASC Technologies Software-Synods Gift Export Tool 10.x

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ASC Technologies Software-Synods Gift Export Tool 11.x

ASC Technologies Software-Synods Gift Export Tool 11.x

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Audit Committee Charter

A model Audit Committee Charter that can be used by synods which are in the process of establishing formal Audit Committees.

Audit Committee Charter

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Contingency Planning for Synods

This document describes key components of contingency planning to assist synods to prepare for variability in income and expenses.

Contingency Planning for Synods

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Internal Control Best Practices for Synod

Internal Control Best Practices for Synod

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Synod Remittance Advice System (SRAS) Detail

The SRAS is an Excel-based system that streamlines and automates the process of submitting monthly synod remittance advices to the ELCA Churchwide Office.

Synod Remittance Advice System (SRAS) Detail

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Synod Remittance Advice Form

The SRA-1 Form is automatically completed by the SRAS system and is the preferred menthod of remittance.  If a synod is unable to use the SRAS system, the synod may complete and submit the SRA-1 form on its own.

Synod Remittance Advice Form

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Revelations for Synod Software

Revelations for Synod Software

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Synod Data Security

We as entities that collect, store, and communicate information have a responsibility to those that provide us their information/data to keep it safe and secure. This helpful set of simply slides provide an explanation of PII (Personal Identity Information) and how to keep data secure at many levels.

Synod Data Security

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Synod Remittance Manual

Synod Remittance Manual

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Synod Treasurer Position Description

Synods may incorporate the use of this position description when filling or defining the roles of their treasurer position.

Synod Treasurer Position Description

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Synodical Budget Submission Form

The Synodical Budget/Actual Submission Form and Guidelines are provided to assist in reporting results in consistent categories.

Synodical Budget Submission Form

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Synodical Budget Submission Guidelines

Synodical Budget Submission Guidelines

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The ELCA Expense Report form can be completed online and printed, or printed and completed by hand. Generally, all expenses except for mileage and hotel tips need original receipts. Mileage is reimbursed at the maximum IRS standard mileage rate, unless otherwise noted by the sponsoring unit.

ELCA Expense Form

ELCA Expense Form

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Fund IDs


A quick way
to denote a synod's
monthly gift is
by using the
ELCA Fund IDs

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