Issue 44 of Administration Matters

Church property loss
Disasters are unforeseen and unpredictable. If your property is damaged or destroyed, you will likely have many questions and be faced with many decisions. Concerns about a temporary location, emergency repairs, and the costs of restoring or rebuilding can be overwhelming. >More

10 tips for better congregation announcements
Congregation announcements are an important part of the Sunday morning experience for most members. They often include information about happenings in the congregation that week, upcoming events for the month, and any reminders that members may need to know. >More

Toward a better congregation council meeting
A few good practices can give a council a joy-filled sense of mission, which, in turn, can lead to renewal in the congregation. This article is from the blog of the Northeastern Iowa Synod. >More

Slips and falls on steps and stairs
Slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, second only to automobile fatalities. The risk of falling, and fall-related problems rise with age and are serious issues in homes and communities. >More

ELCA endorsed insurance program for congregations and synods
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)-Endorsed Property and Liability Insurance Program is committed to providing ELCA congregations and synods with quality insurance protection and enhanced customer service. This commitment is reflected in the selection of Church Mutual as the preferred insurance provider by the ELCA Office of the Secretary in consultation with the Office of the Treasurer. No other company specializing in the protection of ministries offers Church Mutual’s expertise, financial strength and record of outstanding customer service. >More

Submit your parochial report!
2015 parochial reports are due on Feb. 15. These reports are vital to the ELCA’s commitment to improving its efforts of spreading the good news and are used in allocating the ELCA’s resources to synods and congregations. Did you know that the information you submit (or do not submit) in your parochial report goes into your congregation’s trend report, which is publicly available online? Seekers looking for your congregation can see not only the information you submit but also whether the congregation has submitted parochial reports. Please submit the report so that visitors can learn more about you. >More

IRS mileage allowance
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. >More