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Salary Guidelines

Compensation Guide & Calculator (pdf & excel file)

Salary Survey 2016 – Sole Pastor

Salary Survey 2016 – Senior/Administrative Pastor

Salary Survey 2016 – Associate/Assistant Pastor

Additional Compensation tools developed by Concordia Plan Services

Church Tool: Using this tool churches can create compensation estimates for positions including Sole Pastor, Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, Deaconess, Director of Family Life Ministry, Director of Parish Music, and Lay Minister.

The church tool is also available in the Apple app store for Apple devices. Search “CPS Comp” to find the app. It functions in a very similar way to the actual online version.  (A School App is not currently available).

School Tool:  The educator tool allows the user to create compensation estimates for positions including Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Head Principal/Administrator, Assistant Principal/Administrator, and Early Childhood Director. Schools from preschools and childcare centers all the way through high schools can use the tool.


Human Resources Guides

What To Do When You Receive a Call

Clergy Job Descriptions

Job Descriptions – Ministry Staff, Officers, Admin Staff, Facilities Staff

HR Poster Compilation – to post in various locations – Updated March 2020

Sabbatical Guidelines – 2008

Employment Resource Manual – pdf (2012)

Commissioned Worker Call Process Information

Annual Review Template (fillable .docx) – This is the review form we utilize at the District Office. For a complete overview of evaluation best practices, please connect with your District Facilitator.

Pastor or Principal Annual Review Sample Form

Teacher or DCE Annual Review Sample Form


Treasurer Resources

LCMS Congregational Treasurer’s Manual

Michigan Supplement 2021

Educational Assistance Plan and Student Loan Repayment Program

Student Loan Assistance – video

Sample Unemployment Letter


Federal W-4

I-9 Form

Fair Labor Standards Act Ruling (2019)

3281 New Hire Reporting

Sales, Use, and Withholding Tax Forms

3372 Sales Tax Exemption Cert

Group Tax Exempt Ruling

Taxes and Ministers Brochure

Group Purchase Agreements

Remittance Voucher

Money Handling Suggestions for Congregations


Church Board Resources

Guidelines for LCMS Congregation Constitutions

Protecting Your Ministry – A Legal Guide for Churches, Christian Schools, and Christian Ministries

Faith and Freedom Resources – (includes information about the ADF Church Alliance)

Alliance Defending Freedom – Impact of Supreme Court Rulings on Churches and Ministries Across America (Webinar recording) – added 8/14/20

Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Communication

Crisis and Conflict Resources

Crisis Management for Congregations and Ministries

CEF “MI-Home” Mortgage Offer – Special mortgage rate offer for new to the District church workers


Church Safety

Guidelines for Emergency Operation Plans