Issue 69 of Administration Matters

ELCA presiding bishop addresses concerns about COVID-19

A caring response in times of public health concerns, resources and guidelines for worship and church gatherings, as well as Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s letter to the church can be found here.

Rostered ministers gathering – July 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering, July 20-23 in Phoenix! All ELCA rostered pastors and deacons are invited as we gather under the theme  “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). The gathering includes over 100 workshops, an expansive Interaction Center, daily worship and keynote presentations. Early registration is $245 (through May 20). Three conference hotels offer a rate of $139/night plus tax. A limited number of scholarships are available. Visit for more information.

Political activity and tax status

It is important for each congregation and its leaders to understand what political activity is permissible to maintain the congregation’s tax exemption. Being a Public Church is a guidance for churches and clergy participating in the electoral process, an effort to expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith-based resources around voting. As a leader in your ministry, make sure you know what to say and do to protect yourself, your congregation and your nonprofit status. >More

ELCA technology discount program

This new resource describes discounts from trusted vendors for a variety of your congregation or synod technology needs: online giving, websites, mobile apps, messaging, church management, Microsoft software, PCs, laptops, tablets, peripherals, printers, copiers, scanners and faxes. >More

ELCA health plan takes another evolutionary step

This year’s new ELCA-Primary health benefits help members access quality health care more easily and cost-effectively, personalize their wellness journeys, and find new ways to lead resilient, healthy lives in all dimensions of the Wholeness Wheel. >More

Local travel reimbursement

This Q&A resource explains how staff can determine which local transportation expenses can be properly claimed as reimbursable and which expenses are personal. >More