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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Congregation statistics reporting deadline extended to April 30

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the deadline has been extended to April 30 for submitting 2019 year-end congregation statistics to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

If your congregation has not already submitted 2019 statistics, please make every reasonable effort to submit information by logging in to

Additionally, review new guidelines for how to track worship attendance for 2020 year-end reporting since many or most congregations are not presently meeting in person.

Informational resources are available to guide Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations and workers in managing church and school operations.

Active Shooter Response Plans

The LCMS Church Information Center has received inquiries regarding plans for responding to active shooters in the context of the church shooting in Texas.

The LCMS Security Officer has provided the following online resources:

The Synod recommends that congregations work with their local law enforcement to put a plan into place that works for the congregation and for the local agency.

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Constitution and Bylaws

The Congregational Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines provide resources for congregations to develop such documents.

Read guidelines

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Financial Matters

Taxes and Ministers — A resource on tax issues for ordained and commissioned ministers.

Congregational Treasurer’s Manual — The Congregational Treasurer’s Manual provides information on various aspects of the duties of congregational treasurer.

2020 IRS mileage rates

Changing on Jan. 1, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service has decreased the standard business mileage rate to 57.5¢ per mile (from 58¢ in effect since Jan. 1, 2019).

The standard medical and moving mileage rate has decreased to 17¢ per mile (from 20¢). These new rates apply to mileage reimbursements paid to an employee on or after Jan. 1, 2020, with respect to transportation expenses paid or incurred by the employee on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

The rate used for charitable deduction purposes, set by statute rather than IRS, remains at 14¢ per mile.

New overtime rules for 2020

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, workers who earn less than $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker ) are eligible for overtime pay.

This announcement came as the 29th printing of the LCMS Congregational Treasurer’s Manual was already in progress.

Please disregard the lesser published amounts of $679 and $35,308, respectively, found in Section 7.334 of the manual.

2019 estimated taxes worksheet

A worksheet has been designed to help ministers estimate their 2019 income and self-employment taxes — not to calculate their actual tax.

Compensation of a minister earned in the exercise of the ministry is excluded from mandatory federal income tax withholding. Ministers should either pay quarterly installments of their “estimated” tax or mutually agree with their employer on voluntary withholding.

Download worksheet

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Legal Resources

As our churches and schools come under increased scrutiny, the LCMS is dedicated to helping pastors, church workers, church administrators, lay leaders and others learn how to better protect their church or school from potential legal challenges.

View Legal Resources

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Marriage Policies for Congregations

“Information on Marriage Policies for Member Congregations” contains information on the Synod’s beliefs concerning marriage and a sample marriage policy for congregations. The document also contains sample provisions limiting the use of church property to marriages that are consistent with our beliefs.

Download Marriage Policies Information

Supporting documents:

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Personnel Matters

Overtime regulations webinar — Webinar provides information regarding the impact of new overtime regulations on districts, congregations, schools and other religious organizations.

Employment Resource Manual — Provided to assist congregations and districts of the Synod understand and apply good sound employment principles.

Sample Performance Appraisal Worksheets — Contains guidelines for conducting the review; employee self-appraisal section; supervisor’s appraisal section; and summary of evaluation.

New Form I-9

Effective on May 1, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must use Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of their employees. Religious organizations are not exempt from this mandate. Even newly employed ministers must complete this form at hire.

USCIS made minor changes to the form and its instructions. The newer version of the form with a date of “Rev. 10/21/2019” was made available for use beginning Jan. 31, 2020. The prior version of Form I-9 (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) will be obsolete effective April 30, 2020. The version date is located in the bottom corner of the form.

Employers do not need to complete the new Form I-9 (Rev. 10/21/2019) for current employees who already have a properly completed Form I-9 on file, unless reverification applies. Unnecessary verification may violate the INA's anti-discrimination provision.


Download new Form I-9 (Rev. 10/21/2019)

Order paper Form I-9


For more information, the public can contact the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 or visit USCIS' I-9 Central web page.

Job descriptions

Suggested position descriptions for a variety of staff and officer positions. The following documents contain job descriptions for each category.

Call documents

For information on accessing call documents, please contact your district office.

Concordia Plan Services

Learn about your benefits as an employee in an LCMS congregation. Please email the LCMS Human Resources department at if you have questions.

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