Treasurer & Financial Secretary Resources


Congregational Remittance Questions

Contact Joy Hacker at or 330.550.6642



2021 Congregation Remittance Form-Word Doc

2021 Congregation Remittance Form-PDF


Make checks payable to: SOUTHERN OHIO SYNOD

Please send Mission Support Checks & Remittance Forms to:

Southern Ohio Synod
PO Box 0604
Lewis Center, OH  43035


Southern Ohio Synod Gift Policy

The Southern Ohio Synod Finance Team encourages churches to use this policy as a starting point for your own congregation gift policy. We also encourage you to designate a portion of major gifts for the Synod.  Such gifts are welcome and needed in addition to regular mission support since the SOS routes 40% of our Mission & Ministry receipts to the ELCA.

SOS Synod Gift Policy 1 22 2020


W-2 Instructions for Clergy

Joy Hacker, CPA shares step-by-step instructions to complete a W-2 form for clergy.

Clergy 2015 W-2 Instructions



Budget Template (Excel spreadsheet)

Giving Comparison Template (Excel spreadsheet)


Resources from ELCA Website

‘Choose Congregations tab’ –

Apply for 501c3 ELCA Congregational Tax Exemption by sending an email to


Resource from Portico Benefit Services

     Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches


IRS Forms Commonly Used by Congregations 

Change of Address or Responsible Party--Business (Form 8822-B)

Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4)

Instructions for Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number

Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Instructions for Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers (Publication 517)

Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations (Publication 1828)


Ohio Secretary of State Forms Commonly Used by Congregations 

Continued Existence of Nonprofit Corporation (Form 522)

Statutory Agent Update (Form 521)

Other forms are available at Links to forms are located under Business Services at the bottom of the homepage.


Technology for Congregations --


Congregational Constitutions 

The documents and links provided below will help church councils as they update and modify their congregation's constitution so that the document is in compliance with ELCA Churchwide constitutional guidelines.

Congregational Constitutions-ELCA Website

Helpful Hints for Congregational Constitution Updates

Please note that all changes to a congregation's constitution, except for mandatory updates resulting from ELCA Churchwide Assembly actions, must be reviewed and approved by the Southern Ohio Synod Constitution Committee. Send an electronic copy of the updated/revised constitution to Pr. Bob Abrams,, AND a hard copy to Pr. Abram's attention at the synod office, 300 S. 2nd St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Please contact the synod office at 614.464.3532 with questions.


Grant Opportunities

ELCA World Hunger --

Foundation Center -- --

Mission Investment Fund --

We Raise Foundation formerly Wheatridge Ministries --