Board of Congregational Services

Congregations across North America have splintered over the decisions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This has created a growing number of mission start-up churches. While funding these by the District will not likely be a possibility, Congregational Services exists to help, support, guide and partner with new congregations that want to join LCMC and/or associate with the Augustana District. Additionally, Congregational Services is responsible for public relations, publicity, and any and all means of “getting the word out” about Augustana.

Congregational Visioning ProcessThe Congregational Visioning Process is a tool congregation’s may use to process congregational discernment. 

Where is God leading your congregation? How do we discern? 

This process uses prayer, scripture, and mutual conversation as the components that work toward a collective consensus of where God is leading. Feel free to adapt it to fit your own needs.

BCS Members
Melissa Burns
Council Rep
New Creation, Perham, MN
Jan Ferguson,
Council Rep
Living Word, Alexandria, MN
Pr. Nathan Hanson,
Interim Pastor - Living Word Lutheran Alexandria, MN
Pr. Craig Werling,
Council Chair
Hosanna, Watertown, SD
Pr. Terrill SorensenBritton Parish, Britton, SD
Pr. Fran (Charlotte) Hill,
Council Vice-Chair
St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran, Sanborn, NY
Insurance Approved

You may have heard that the Augustana District has been working the past couple of years to set up a non-geographic medical insurance policy for all AD church staff. The district is excited to announce that a medical insurance plan has been put in place for all AD church staff who are employed more than 20 hours per week. A number of churches are already on the plan and your church is eligible to join them. The best news is that you do not have to wait until the end of the year to switch to this plan. You can get more information on the plan, its 2021 premium costs, and find out how to participate by reaching out to Luke Hahn at 800-516-4246 or via e-mail at [email protected] This is a very exciting opportunity and the option for rates to go DOWN as more churches join is another great reason to participate.

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Church Salary Report


We are now offering assistance with Church Salary reports for Church Staffing.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Submit it
  3. We’ll run the report 
  4. We’ll email it back to you

ATTENTION!! Please download the PDF: Definitions of Positions for your convenience.

To select more than one position, hold "ctrl + click" or "opt + click".

"Full-Time" is defined as 30 hours or more of paid work per week. "Part-Time" is defined as fewer than 30 hours of paid work per week. Bi-vocational pastors are usually considered "Part-Time" employees for compensation purposes.

Annual Salary/Pay should reflect the position's current gross yearly salary. It will include housing allowance (if clergy) but will exclude the value of other benefits, such as health insurance, dental, and so on.

"Years of Experience" includes only those years spent in ministry or relevant work, such as working in an accounting firm before becoming the church bookkeeper.

Now let's add specific information about the church where this individual is (or will be) employed.

"Church Budget" is the total annual budget of the church.

"Church Size" is how many people, including children, attend all weekend worship services.

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