Leaders and Ledgers
A Monthly Newsletter for Church Administrators in The Missouri District
January 2013
Volume 4, Number 1

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

      In This Issue

   A Personal Note

You may now register for the first ever Leaders and Ledgers Workshop. This gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2,at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church in Columbia Mo.

The purpose of this workshop is to give you the opportunity to acquire detailed information on a variety of topics to help you carry out your ministry legally, effectively and prudently. These topics will be presented by highly qualified individuals in a classroom style setting.

Below is a list of the 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:

Feb. 15-17        East Peer Ministry Training, Pallotine Center
Feb. 15-17        West Peer Ministry Training, Heit’s Point
Feb. 28               Deadline for Mission Grant Applications
March 2             Leaders and Ledgers Workshop, Alive in Christ, Columbia
April 5-7             Spring Junior High Retreat, Windermere
April 27               Pre-Retirement Workshop, District Office
May 4                 Pre-Retirement Workshop, Redeemer, Springfield
May 11               Pre-Retirement Workshop, Timothy, Blue Springs (South Campus)
July 20-25        Synod Convention, St. Louis
July 29-30        LYF Training Retreat, Windermere
Oct. 13-15        District Pastors’ Conference - Inn at Grand Glaize, Osage Beach
Oct. 18-20        Fall Jr. High Retreat, Windermere

National Youth Gathering Adult Leader Training Schedule:

Jan. 27               District Office, 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 27               Timothy, Blue Springs, 6-8 p.m.
Feb. 10               Trinity, Jefferson City, 2-4 p.m.
Feb. 10               Redeemer, Springfield, 6-8 p.m.
Feb. 23               St. Paul, Jackson 10:00 a.m. - noon

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Tax and Accounting Issues

Effective January 1, 2013, the social security portion of payroll taxes increased from 4.2% to 6.2% for all employees. All lay employees should be having an additional 2% withheld from their paycheck. While rostered church workers do not normally have payroll withholdings, they need to be aware that this tax increase also impacts the SECA they will need to pay. These workers should plan for a larger tax bill when they file their SECA taxes.


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Property Issues

Allowing other groups to use the church facilities has certain legal risks. Guide One Insurance company discusses these risks and ways to minimize them in their Jan 2013 newsletter available at https://www.guideone.com/Churches/Newsletters/Leader/2013/q1.pdf

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Personnel and Legal Issues

Retirement Planning is important for everyone including church workers. To assist workers in their efforts, Concordia Plans will be conducting three retirement planning workshops around the state.

Schedule of Pre-Retirement Workshops:

April 27: Pre-Retirement Workshop at District Office
May 4: Pre-Retirement Workshop at Redeemer, Springfield
May 11: 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 that the Missouri District staff logged more than 145,000 miles last year to help congregations and church workers of the Missouri District in their ministry?


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Stewardship Thought (from Stewardship Every Sunday)

1 Cor. 12:1-11

We often say, “Everyone is different,” when a person doesn’t respond or act the way others expect. Praise God that everyone truly is different! Each individual is a totally unique combination designed by Him to help carry out His plan of bringing the news of salvation to the entire world. Our talents, abilities, and even disabilities are to be used to glorify Him and to serve Him. Our local congregations provide many opportunities to serve, some of high visibility and many more behind the scenes, something different for every different person. Let us pray that God sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts to show us how we can serve Him, because as different as we all are, through God’s grace, we are all the same, equally forgiven, saved for eternal life by Christ’s blood shed on the cross and His victory over death on Easter morning.

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