Congregation Treasurer, Chief Lay Officer & Bookkeeper
The synod office staff knows how busy congregations are at this time of year-- start-up programming, planning, and budgeting for the future. There are some tools and information that may help you as leaders in the budgeting process for your congregation.  Information is also available on the ELCA website.

The synod is also anticipating its budget discussions. To assist us in our determinations, it is necessary to have the Congregation’s Mission  Support returned to the Synod office.

May God continue to bless the ministry you provide for the congregation!

Finance for Congregations
501c3 Status/Tax Exemption
Congregations should apply for 501c3 status to become tax exempt. To do so, follow the ELCA instructions on applying for the ELCA Group Tax Exemption and complete the state tax exemption form.
How to apply for a Texas state tax exemption
There is state tax exemption for sales and for hotel.

Visit for more information.
(Click the "Congregations" Tab)

Statement of Intent for 2019
* Required

Mission Support
We are pleased to provide you with two important tools for your stewardship ministry.
Calculate Where Your Mission Support Goes:
Good stewardship leadership includes interpretation so that as many people as possible understand how their offerings are used for the mission of the church. By entering your congregation’s planned mission support contribution into the box below, you will be provided with a table that shows exactly how your mission support dollars will be used by the synod in 2019. This is a wonderful teaching resource for telling the story of how your members participate in the work of God in the world through their offerings. By highlighting and copying the whole section, you can then paste it into newsletters, bulletin inserts, and other stewardship interpretation resources.
Statement of Intent for 2019:
The second tool is a two-step-click way for you to turn in your Mission Support Intent for 2098. Use the scroll down box to select your congregation, enter your name and email address and finally enter the number from your 2019 budget that you intend to remit to the synod for Mission Support. When you click on submit in the lower left corner, your congregation’s intent will be automatically sent to the synod. No envelope. No stamps. No trip to the Post Office. We are making this easy for congregational treasurers and for us.
Calculate Where Your Mission Support Goes
Pie Chart 2018-19 Budget





Total anticipated support:
ELCA Churchwide (53.5%)
Supporting Partners (7.6%)
Ministry Programs & Support (6.0%)
Staffing for Ministry (25.5%)
Administration (7.4%)

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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