Leaders and Ledgers
A Monthly Newsletter for Church Administrators in The Missouri District
February 2013
Volume 4, Number 2
 


You may now register for the first ever Leaders and Ledgers Workshop.

      In This Issue
 

   A Personal Note

You can register now for the first ever Leaders and Ledgers Workshop.

Information and forms are available here. This gathering will be held at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church in Columbia MO. on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. These workshops are designed to help you with the administrative details of ministry. Topics will be presented by highly qualified individuals in a classroom style setting. Below is a list of topics to be presented.

  • Employment Related Tax Issues
  • Congregation Related Tax Issues
  • Conducting a Financial Review
  • Insurance
  • Best Practices for Cemeteries
  • Constitutions and Bylaws
  • LCMS Foundation Resources
  • Pastor’s Role in Administration
  • Concordia Plan Services

Upcoming Events:

February 22, 2013 Deadline for Mission Grant Applications
March 2, 2013 Leaders and Ledgers Workshop, Alive in Christ, Columbia
April 5-7, 2013: Spring Junior High Retreat, Windermere
April 27, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop, District Office
May 4, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop, Redeemer, Springfield
May 11, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop, Timothy, Blue Springs (South Campus)
July 20-25, 2013: Synod Convention, St. Louis
July 29-30, 2013: LYF Training Retreat, Windermere
October 13-15, 2013: District Pastors’ Conference - Inn at Grand Glaize, Osage Beach
October 18-20, 2013: Fall Jr. High Retreat, Windermere

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Tax and Accounting Issues

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is available for tax years 2010-2013. This tax credit is available even if your congregation does not pay taxes! It is easy to apply for and can bring significant dollars to the congregation’s budget. Concordia Plan Services has provided some excellent resources to help you apply for this money. Check out
http://www.concordiaplans.org/detailpage.aspx?Id=293#HCR

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Property Issues

Allowing other groups or individuals to use church assets can be a way to build relationships within the community. Aside from the use of the church building, many congregations allow individuals and organizations to borrow things like chairs and tables, or perhaps even video or sound equipment. It is good to have policies or guidelines to help set parameters for the use [or non-allowable use] of such items. Once the policy has been developed, a process should be set up to facilitate the use of those assets. Many sample policies can be found on-line. One document I found that incorporates some
practical management tools can be found here.

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Personnel and Legal Issues

At the Board of Directors’ meeting on January 31, the new compensation (salary)  guidelines were approved. The compensation guidelines are available here.

 

Concordia Plan Services and the Missouri District are hosting three 1-day workshops for professional church workers and their spouses, to help them understand the process and importance of planning for retirement.  Click here for information

Schedule of Pre-Retirement Workshops:

  • April 27, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop at the district office
  • May 4, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop at Redeemer, Springfield
  • May 11, 2013: Pre-Retirement Workshop at Timothy, Blue Springs (South Campus)

For more information about these workshops click here!

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Did you know? 

Did you know the word Synod means “walking together”? We walk together to vigorously make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and world.

 

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Stewardship Thought (from Stewardship Every Sunday)

Deuteronomy 26:5-10

During this season of Lent, as we reflect upon the “first fruits of the soul” given to us by our Lord, we are reminded of the “mighty hand” and “outstretched arm” of God in our lives. We may have been among those who have lost our job because of “downsizing,” or have struggled with the inability to live a “normal” life because of injury or disease, or have experienced neglect or abuse in our personal relationships. It is difficult for us, just as it was difficult for those who were led by Moses out of Egypt, to focus on the “miraculous signs and wonders” that come our way every day—keeping us filled with spiritual food. God weaves His love, healing, hope and care into our lives. All that we are and have and will be comes to us from God. During Lent we concentrate upon the Risen Christ of Easter—FIRSTFRUIT of God given for us with unconditional love. Just as God has given us this precious gift, we are privileged to bring our first fruit gifts to him in the forms of our time, talent and treasure.


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