Congregational Resources in the time of a pandemic and more



Regathering in Person

ELCA Religious Exemptions from Vaccines Talking Points
Church Mutual Resource for Safely Returning

Texas Protocols for Churches/Places of Worship
Sample Council Resolution for Resuming in-Person Worship
ELCA: Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic (Updated)

Worship & Music

All Creation Sings: Augsburg Fortress | YouTube
Hymns Unto God: Complete Public Domain Hymn List
Copyright Webinar | Handout
Resources for Musicians
Your Copyright Questions Answered 
Worship Companion: Ash Wednesday - Day of Pentecost

Security Guidance

Federal Resources for Faith Based Organizations


Each of our conferences has a Zoom account, you can contact your Conference Dean if you need to use it. If conference Zoom accounts are busy, contact the Office of the Bishop to use a Synod account. For training and to get the information, contact Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt.

Guidance for Congregational Meetings 

Helpful Check-In Procedure for Congregational Meetings
Running Congregational Meetings Online via Zoom
Considerations for Electronic Meetings Revised
Sample Parliamentarian Rules for Electronic Meetings
ELCA's Congregational Communication Tools
Texas Business Organizations Code-Selected Provisions on Virtual Meetings for Nonprofits
Virtual Meetings for Congregations
ELCA Guidance on Virtual Congregational Meetings
SWT Technology Support
Cómo transmitir por Internet su servicio de adoración — Guía del principiante

Giving & Financial Tools

ELCA Recommended Giving Vendors
GSB Fundraising
Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest
Synod's Gift Acceptance Policy

Synod Online Giving Handout

Congregation Remittance Form

ELCA Protecting Offerings Handout

Considering Closing

Closing and Leaving a Legacy Video

The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest is our ministry partner who can help you navigate
how best to optimize your legacy giving. The synod office is your ministry partner as you
consider this. We want to walk with you. Please contact us at or 830-379-9900 so we can walk with you in this process.


Recommendations for Congregation Secretaries

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ II

Portico Benefit and Financial Resources
Compensation & Benefit Calculator - Contact the Office of the Bishop
Social Security & Medicare Tax Allowance
Housing Allowance

ELCA Congregational Finance Resources
Resource for Church Tax & Law
501c3 Status/Tax Exemption
ELCA Forms and Documents for Group Tax
Tax Status & Exemptions
Group Ruling
Texas state tax exemption application
Texas state tax exemption verification

Compensation Guidelines Full-Time | Part-Time


Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions