Issue 31 of Administration Matters

Meet new presiding bishop and secretary
Welcome Presiding Bishop Eaton and Secretary Boerger!  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and ELCA Secretary Wm Chris Boerger officially took office in their respective positions Nov. 1. They were elected during the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. Learn more about their leadership experiences in this church by accessing their biographies. >more

Don’t miss Portico’s one-time-only life insurance opportunity
Remind your rostered leaders and lay employees with ELCA benefits that Nov. 22 is their deadline to complete Portico’s 2014 Open Enrollment. Sponsored plan members have important health benefit choices to make and — this year only — can purchase supplemental and dependent life insurance without having to prove good health. >more

Ignite your congregation’s stewardship ministry
Rooted in a holistic, biblically based approach to stewardship, “Stewards of God’s Love” challenges all Christians to reimagine the ways in which they steward God’s resources – time, talents and treasures – in response to God’s commandment to love God and our neighbors. >more

Good Gifts catalog
Why not give something unexpected this Christmas? Shop with the ELCA Good Gifts catalog where you can find 50 different gifts that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. The catalog is now available at .

Church marketing by the book
Whether you are new to church marketing or wish to brush up your skills, you’ll find these suggestions useful. >more

Importance of information security
Awareness of information security is paramount to our success and it’s everyone’s responsibility. Information sensitive or confidential in nature must be secured. Congregations, synods and ELCA staff must understand that they represent one of the most important parts of their security program. >more.