Financial Resources

by Southeastern District on February 04, 2021

Financial and stewardship resources. You will find links for that are specific to the SED and resources from other organizations such as the LCMS and LCEF.

Southeastern District Stewardship

      According to the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of God’s family — the church — in managing life’s resources for His purposes. Its basically how God wants us to live our lives in a biblical way.

      Christian Stewardship is built on two things—God owns everything, and he created us to take care of it. While we see God as owner, we also see him as a very generous giver.  This helps us define our role as steward for we serve a gracious God whose grace has provided us with Jesus Christ.

Too often stewardship becomes synonymous with Tithing.  This muddies the water regarding the concept of stewardship which applies to our time and talents as much as it applies to our treasure. And while 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 tells us that God loves a cheerful giver, Paul is telling us that we should joyously give of our time, talents, and treasure as we love our neighbor.  

Kirk Hymes is the Southeastern District Stewardship representative.  He is available to support your stewardship support and training.  We anticipate by the end of April to have an approximate 8-week updated version of Consecrated Stewards to help develop the  gracious giver within your congregation.    _______________________________________________________________

2020 SED Budget Narrative - detailed information on the SED Board of Directors approved 2020 budget.

Student Loan Repayment Program - a program that porvides grants to SED church workers to help repay college and/or seminary education loans. 2021 application will be available in Summer 2021. Read more

Tuition Assistance for Future Church Workers - The 2021 application process will be announced in Spring 2021.

Congregational Treasurer's Manual - provides information on various aspects of the duties of congregational treasurer.

Travel Equalization Program
The Southeastern District has suspended its Travel Equalization Program at this time.

Concordia Plan Services - Benefits, resources, and services—it’s all covered within the site. See how we “walk together” with the LCMS to support members and their families through benefit packages.

Concordia Plan Services preferred partnership with Paycor for Payroll & HR  
Concordia Plan Services has partnered with Paycor to assist congregations with payroll management. Paycor is a customizable solution designed specifically for Concordia partners that includes payroll processing, tax handling, employee self-service, payroll payments and reporting. Their prices are very reasonable: $11 base fee and $1.49 per employee (includes quarterly tax filings like 941s).
They will also process the EBSO 403(b) retirement payments. They assume 100% liability for the filing of taxes. If you are using Paychex, the original CPS partner, you may want to consider switching to save money. For more information, contact Jessy McKeever at 513.827.1705 or  .

Another comprehensive solution provider is MinistryWorks (ministry of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance). To learn more, go to www.MinistryWorks.com or call 866.215.5540.  

Taxes and Ministers - A resource on tax issues for ordained and commissioned ministers. (This is a downloadable PDF of the booklet resource found on the LCMS webpage for Church Office Administration Resources - please scroll to the bottom for the latest version of Taxes and Minsters)

Informational resources are available to guide Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations and workers in managing church and school operations. https://www.lcms.org/resources/church-and-school-administration

2021 SED Mission Partnership Support (MPS) Intention Form: (download pdf)

Suggested Compensation Guidelines for Pulpit Supply/Organist/Lecturer Services: (download pdf)

Standard Mileage Rates effective 01/01/2021: (download pdf)

Cybersecurity Resources:

Employment Resource Manual: Provided to assist congregations and districts of the Synod understand and apply good sound employment principles. Add this link:

LCMS Handbook:

LCMS Group Purchasing Agreement:

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