Congregational Finances

2021 Salary Guidelines

During the Board of Director Meeting on May 22nd 2020, the Board approved the use of the Concordia Plan Services (CPS) Compensation Decision Support Tool as the Indiana District Salary Guidelines beginning January 1, 2021. The Indiana District 2020 Salary Guidelines will run through the current calendar year at which time the CPS Compensation Decision… Read more »

Online Meeting about Concordia Health Plan Changes in 2021

Concordia Plans are inviting you to Town Hall meetings to discuss the changes coming to the Concordia Health Plan in 2021. These changes are the result of the feedback you and other employers have been telling us you want in the CHP options. I think you’re going to be excited about the flexibility and simplicity… Read more »

Joyful Response – Free Online Giving Platform through LCEF

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) offers an electronic giving platform called Joyful Response for accepting online gifts through your website, a mobile phone app, ACH or text-giving. This platform is available for LCMS congregations, schools and registered service organizations (RSOs) – free of charge through LCEF. If you are not currently set up to take… Read more »

Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness Q&A Webinar

One of the resources available during the pandemic has been the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Designed to help organizations keep their workforce employed during COVID-19, these loans have a unique feature: after a short loan term, some or all of the loan amount can be forgiven. Many... Read more »

CARES Act update from the Indiana District (April 30, 2020)

Download: CARES Act 2020 District Second Finance Response – 4-30-2020   Greetings in Christ! While the past few weeks have been trying, we hope and pray the churches in the Indiana District continue to faithfully preach the Word in its truth and purity and administer the Sacraments rightly, when and where they are able. It… Read more »

COVID 19 Links

The links below are provided as a tool for churches and schools in their quest for information during the COVID 19 situation. Links on this page will relate to the LC-MS, the Indiana District, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as… Read more »

CARES Act letter from the Indiana District

The Indiana District has issued a letter concerning the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act.). Click here to download the letter. “Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) with the purpose of providing small businesses needed funds to survive the current… Read more »

Facts about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Many in our District have been asking about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health… Read more »

District Welcomes New Executive for Finance

God’s Blessings to you all.  My name is Cody Dodson and it is a blessing to have this wonderful opportunity to serve the Indiana District in the capacity of Executive for Finance.  I am humbled and honored to join such a wonderful staff and incredible District of the LC-MS.  I have served as the Practice… Read more »

Housing Allowance Ruling Victory for Rostered Church Workers

Last Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the clergy housing allowance is constitutional. In overturning a 2017 lower court ruling, the Appeals Court ensured that each rostered LCMS minister can continue to exclude a housing allowance on his or her federal income taxes if the IRS requirements for the housing allowance are… Read more »