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RMS Communications and Updates

 

Compensation Guidelines

The Rocky Mountain Synod Council provides compensation guidelines for rostered ministers serving in this synod. The guidelines worksheets propose salary in a range: low to high, rather than a single target number.  The range takes into consideration the differences in Rocky Mountain Synod cost of living realities based upon regional differences and other suggested salary modifiers for education or previous non-ministry experience. The Guidelines include three documents including separate calculation worksheets for Pastors and Deacons.These Guidelines are not a mandate.  A compensation committee appointed by the Synod Council reviews the documents and calculation worksheet modifiers each year to recommend any updates for the following year. Guidelines for compensation are just that: guidelines. Different contexts and communities must be taken into consideration, and each congregation should review the documents in light of the congregation's past history. 
Compensation Guidelines
 

COVID 19-Resources

 

Congregation Constitutions  

The 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA adopted a number of changes to the Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Every congregation is to make these changes in your constitution to be in sync with the ELCA constitution. For additional assistance, contact: Rocky Mountain Synod Secretary, Susan Mitchell: synodsecretaryrms@gmail.com 
Congregational Constitution Page

 

Pulpit Supply

The Synod Council sets guidelines for pulpit supply rates and the Office of the Bishop provides a list of leaders available for pulpit supply. 
Pulpit Supply Listing

RMS Guidelines

Part-Time Ministry Guidelines 

Compensation Guidelines

Guidelines for Severance Policy

Understanding ELCA Disability Benefits

 

Discussion Guides and Resources

Living Faith Church in Society, ELCA Social Statements Discussion Guide

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

ACT4RMS Anti-Racism Resources

ELCA Social Statements

Sanctuary Church Resources

 

Financial Best Practices Resources

Congregational Audit Guide
From the ELCA Churchwide Organization. February 28, 2013.

Congregational Treasurers Financial and Accounting Guide
From the ELCA Churchwide Organization. September 6, 2013.

Financial Contingency Planning
From the ELCA Churchwide Organization. April 2013.

Handling Financial Matters in the Congregation
From the ELCA Churchwide Organization.

Internal Control Best Practices
From the ELCA Churchwide Organization. June 2013.