Issue 93 of Administration Matters

Victim of embezzlement? Do you know how to proceed?

It is important to know what to do when your synod or congregation experiences embezzlement. Being prepared in some way will help you deal with a situation as difficult as this one. >More

Billions of federal dollars available for churches and nonprofits to go green

The Renew America’s Nonprofits grant aims to stimulate widespread energy improvements in the nonprofit sector to create a pipeline of energy- and cost-saving projects that will continue beyond the life of the grant. All applicants must have an active and registration in order to apply for a grant under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. You should register in these systems now if you think your congregation/organization may apply for a federal grant. >More

The warning signs of a mental health issue

According to a November 2022 blog post from Columbia Theological Seminary, the warning signs of a mental health issue include eating or sleeping too much or not enough, isolating oneself, having no joy in life or work, feeling helpless or hopeless, and increased or new alcohol or drug use. The top three things that improve pastors’ mental health are taking a sabbatical, joining a prayer or support group, and getting counseling, the post states.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Portico Benefit Services urges members to make use of their ELCA-Primary mental health benefits and support programs. The support programs include 24/7 counseling with a licensed Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor via voice, text or video; Learn to Live, which provides coach-supported, self-paced and interactive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs; and Being Academy, which offers faith-based education on mental health and other topics.

Guidelines for purchasing insurance

The ELCA endorses Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I., but this resource can help you understand and evaluate quotes for insurance coverage. >More

How to write a vision, mission and values statement

Creating a mission, vision and values statement provides the foundation for an organization’s business practices and decision-making. It gives a long-term view of what the organization wants to achieve and where it wants to be in the future, providing a sense of purpose and direction. >More