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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

Pastors: 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 2016

Sabbatical Guidelines – 2008

Personnel Manual Prototype – pdf (2003)

Personnel Manual Prototype – Word (2003)

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 Congregation Mission & Ministry Facilitator.

Pastor or Principal Annual Review Sample Form

Teacher or DCE Annual Review Sample Form


Treasurer Resources

Letter to Treasurers – Jan 2019 – Includes tax and other law changes

LCMS Congregational Treasurer’s Manual

Michigan Supplement 2018

Sample Unemployment Letter


Federal W-4

I-9 Form

3281 New Hire Reporting

Sales, Use and Withholding Taxes Monthly / Quarterly Returns

Sales, Use and Withholding Taxes Annual Return

3372 Sales Tax Exemption Cert

Group Tax Exempt Ruling

Taxes and Ministers Brochure

Group Purchase Agreements

Remittance Voucher

Guidance for Qualified Parking and Transportation Fringes

IRS News Release

IRS Notice 2018-99


Church Board Resources

Guidelines for LCMS Congregation Constitutions

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


Church Safety

Guidelines for Emergency Operation Plans


Employment Opportunities

Part-time Custodian

The Michigan District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is seeking applicants for a part-time Custodian.

The Custodian will perform a variety of cleaning and light maintenance duties, working 3-4 hours per day in the early morning or evening. The Custodian will be in charge of maintaining all public and private spaces to employer standards. Duties will include vacuuming, mopping, surface cleaning, dusting, and bathroom services. Attention to detail and a positive attitude a must. The right person is punctual, thorough but fast, and eager to learn. A job description is available here.

Please mail cover letter and resume to: Chad Woltemath; Michigan District, LCMS; 3773 Geddes Rd; Ann Arbor, MI 48105 or email Chad Woltemath.