Welcome to our resource page for congregations. Our synod consists of 138 congregations across south-central Wisconsin. This page includes various resources for congregation leaders, councils, and staff. Our resources for congregations include supply pastor lists, human resource resources, links for treasurers and more.
Voting Day Prayer Vigil
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Election Day for our prayer vigil. Whether you logged on for just a brief moment or for longer periods your presence was surely felt. Thank you to our congregation and synod pastors, deacons, and lay leaders who shared their time to pray with us throughout the day. A huge thank you also to Robyn Zimmerman for her guidance and leadership throughout the day in organizing a smooth time of contemplative prayer.
On our synod YouTube Channel we have now added individual videos from each of the vigil leaders. The playlist of the videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ5hMEKMrR-WOKF10q80feZnEaA-f7wmm. To find a particular leader see the description of each video or via the times listed below.
Pastoral Supply List
Pastoral Supply List provides an updated listing of the names of pastors & rostered lay leaders available for supply preaching and worship leadership when a called rostered minister is absent.
Stories of Faith in Action – 2020-2021
Stories are the foundation of our faith. They teach us how to serve God with humility. They remind us of our identity as God’s beloved children. They bring us together and give us hope for the future. Given the challenges of 2020, we need stories of hope and unity more than ever before. That’s where your 2020-2021 edition of “Stories of Faith in Action”comes in. This annual publication illustrates how God is at work across the ELCA through your generosity.
2021 Mission Support Resources
In November 2020 all congregations received a mailing which included a letter from Bishop Mortensen-Wiebe along with information and a form for pledging congregational mission support for the next year. A downloadable copy of those materials is available below along with the synod’s 2021 Spending Plan.
Congregational Financial Reporting Resources
Remittance Form for congregational treasurer – Each congregation is mailed a congregational ID number to include on this form. It is important to include the form with each remittance.
Certification of Audit and Blanket Insurance Forms – Each year in late January, each congregation’s treasurer is asked to complete these forms to ensure we have accurate documentation on financial and insurance plans.
Blanket Employee Dishonesty Coverage Form – Each year in late January, each congregation’s treasurer is asked to complete these forms to ensure we have accurate documentation on financial and insurance plans.
The SCSW Compensation Guidelines and Recommendations are downloadable and available for your use as you do your budget planning for the coming year. These are suggested minimum guidelines.
Portico Benefits & Resources
For further information on Board of Pensions/Portico rates, calculators and details visit the Portico Benefits website.
ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations
Each of this church’s expressions—congregations, synods and the churchwide organization—has a constitution. This model is the minimum standard for congregations. Any congregation that wishes to update their constitution should consult the synod secretary for guidance and approval.
Synod & Parish Protection Handbook
This handbook contains guidelines for screening staff and volunteers and recommendations of appropriate behaviors for adults who work with children and youth.
Model Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy
This policy document may be used as a guide for congregations in drafting their own congregation specific Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy in consultation with the synod and other local resources. This model should be seen as the minimum standard for congregations.
Synod Speaker’s Bureau
These leaders in our synod are available to come to your congregations and worshiping communities to share their experience and knowledge. Topics are listed with an informational pdf page for each speaker.