Issue 73 of Administration Matters

Portico’s new mental health services support members during pandemic
COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on our emotional health, disrupting the way we live, work, connect, worship and care for our loved ones. In this blog post, Josh Smith, leader of Portico’s products unit, describes how new 2020 online mental health support services are playing a critical role. Jeff Thiemann, Portico’s president and CEO, underscored the broad need for this kind of support in his recent two-minute video message to the ELCA Church Council. If you provide ELCA-Primary health benefits, remind your members that, right now, we all need to take extra care of our health and that their benefits can help.

Online giving solutions is an ELCA preferred vendor offering a family of online tools to help increase giving, manage congregational membership data and engage members throughout the week. Featuring online, mobile and text giving options, has expanded its product line to offer low-cost websites, church management software and apps to ELCA congregations. Is your congregation paying for several technology solutions every month?’s new “All-access” plan includes a giving platform, a church website template, church management software and an app, all for one flat rate. Take advantage of special prices available exclusively for ELCA congregations at

Reducing legal liabilities
America is more litigious than ever before. Knowing where your organization stands in terms of its legal liabilities will help you prepare for potential pitfalls. While you may not be able to avoid all legal risk or anticipate every legal threat, there are steps you can take to reduce liability. >More

How to identify church leaders
If a church is to grow, it needs to identify good leaders. Finding new leaders is as critical as the quality of the leaders being discovered. But where do you find these people? It helps to look for certain qualities that all good leaders need or that, consistently over time, seem to make good leaders. >More

Dell computers purchase program
The ELCA continues to partner with Dell computers and its Corporate Affiliate Purchase Program, which extends to ELCA synods and congregations. Here is information regarding current specials being offered to us: Dell’s Member Purchase Program is announcing a new discount percentage on Dell and Alienware electronics and accessories. Members can now save 10% on top tech accessories, including monitors. Doorbuster weekly events start Nov. 5, and the main sale starts on Nov. 16. Complete sale and purchasing information is available in this flyer.