Documents, Policies, Directories

Auditor's Report 2018 Synod Assembly

Compensation Package for Rostered Ministers

Compensation Guidelines - 2019 Proposed

Proposed compensation guidelines for Rostered Ministers for 2019. Compensation Guidelines - 2019 Proposed

Congregational Finance

The ELCA Office of the Treasurer offers advice for handling congregation funds, including how to conduct an internal audit. Please visit the ELCA's Financial Page for documents and helpful information.

ELCA Finance Resources

Congregational Mission Support

Congregations may download their mission support form here.

Congregational Mission Support - English

Congregational Mission Support - Spanish

Congregational Revitalization Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The Congregational Renewal Grants assist in efforts designed to bring renewed vitality to your congregation.

pdf Revitalization Grant PDF (61 KB)

document Revitalization Grant DOC (57 KB)

Employee Handbook (Sample)

Download a sample of an employee handbook from one of our congregations. This template can be used as a guide for congregations wishing to develop their own employee handbook.

Employee Handbook Sample

First Contact Brochure

For a definition of sexual misconduct and more information please read the

pdf First Contact Brochure (38 KB)

I Have a Dream Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The I Have a Dream Fund, established by Margaret and John Payne, provides financial resources for those who long for an end to racism and an increase in understanding across cultural barriers.

pdf I Have a Dream Grant Application PDF (94 KB)

document I Have a Dream Grant Application DOC (16 KB)

Memorials & Resolutions

If you are interested in submitting a resolution or memorial for consideration by Synod Assembly, please read the attached guidelines from ELCA Churchwide. Resolutions and memorials should be forwarded to the synod office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than April 30, along with the Anticipated Memorial Implementation Analysis found at the back of the guidelines. Resolutions & Memorials Guidelines

Mission Development Fund

The Mission Development Fund was established by the New England Synod Council as a resource fund for the development of new congregations within the territory of the New England Synod. As of late 2016, there are currently fifteen mission starts that have received funds made available from the Mission Development Fund.

Due to this fund currently being over extended, we are not accepting grant applications at this time

pdf MDF Application Process (50 KB)

Model Constitution for ELCA Congregations

The ELCA Office of the Secretary has a page from which you can access a copy of the Model Constitution.

ELCA Office of the Secretary

Nomination Form

If you are interested in nominating an individual for a position on the Churchwide Assembly team, Synod Council or Displine committee, please complete the form below and forward a copy with your photo to Anne Deneen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the synod office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nomination Form

Pre-Assembly Package

Assembly reports from Bishop Hazelwood, Bishop's Associates, Deans, Mission Partners as well as resolutions, memorials and nominations for Synod Council, Church Wide Assembly and Discipline Committee. Pre-Assembly Package

Pulpit Supply List

pdf Memo, Lay Presiding Guide & Pulpit Supply List (118 KB)

Recommended Honoraria for Supply Pastors (from the New England Synod 2018 Compensation Guidelines): $200 minimum for a single worship service, plus $0.545 per mile (2018 IRS rate) $75 for each additional service that week (same preparation) NOTE: LAY PERSONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO PRESIDE AT EUCHARIST WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE BISHOP.

If your name or information is listed incorrectly, or if you would like your name added, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with that information.

Reconciling in Christ

Release Form - Image Use (Sample)

The Synod encourages congregations, groups and individuals to utilize this form from the ELCA to secure permission and release for the use of photos and video images - particularly when securing the image of a person under 18.

document Sample Image Release Form (42 KB)

Rostered Ministers and Congregations

Sabbatical - Renewal for the Future

Safe Church: Child & Senior Safety Video

All congregations are encouraged to develop Safe Church Policies and have all volunteers with Youth and Children attend or view the Safe Church Training materials.

Safe Church Resource Page

Synod Assembly Schedule

Find the full Synod Assembly schedule here. Synod Assembly Schedule

Synod Budget Proposed - 2019

Synod Budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, to be read alongside Synod Budget Narrative. Synod Budget - 2019 Proposed

Synod Budget Narrative - 2019

Synod Budget Narrative for 2019 - to be utilized with Proposed Synod Budget for 2019. Synod Budget Narrative 2019

Synod Constitution (June 2017)

Synod Staff / Team Directory

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Grant

Note: All grant applications are due by December 15 each year. Completed applications should be sent to Synod House by email, attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail, to the attention of Lyn Wasilewski, New England Synod, 20 Upland St., Worcester, MA 01607-1624, and they must be received by December 15.

The Youth and Young Adult Grants support ministries to serve outreach to those particular age groups.

pdf Youth and Young Adult Grant PDF (61 KB)

document Youth and Young Adult Grant DOC (57 KB)