Resources for Congregations

Administration Resources

Model Constitution (Word)
The Model Constitution (ELCA Office of the Secretary) is a necessary resource when your congregation finds itself updating its own constitution.
 
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Guide: Model Constitution (PDF)
This is the Official Guide for Use of the Model Constitution. This is a great reference for use when considering changes to your congregation's constitution.
 
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Guidelines for Official Minutes (PDF)
This is a comprehensive guide (released by the ELCA's Office of the Secretary) to the best practices for taking official minutes for meetings.
 
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Parish Register Tips (PDF)
According to the constitution for congregations, the pastor must keep accurate parochial data recorded in the parish register. This guide provides tips for proper maintenance.
 
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Evangelism and Fellowship Resources

Building Awareness of Our Church (PDF)
This is a guide that covers the many styles, from our value statements to elevator speech, of telling others what it means to be a Lutheran and who we are as the ELCA. It details our Lead Message, our Personality, our tagline and its meaning, Brandmark and Typography guidelines, as well as tips for congregational expression in communication materials.
 
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Facebook for Churches (PowerPoint)
Facebook is a social media platform that has garnered over 1.1 Billion active users globally. It's a great way to maintain relationships with one another, but can be a different situation altogether when it comes to congregations having an official page for Facebook fellowship. This is a presentation by the Synod Communications Desk for proper Facebook use and understanding. 
 
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