Below are a list of resources you can download or purchase. For more information about a specific resource, just hover over the icon.
Congregation Administrative Software
Selected listing of vendors providing congregation management software/services.
Congregation Administrative SoftwareDownload
External Users - Decrypting a Secure E-mail
ELCA Secure Email Recipients Quick Reference Guide
External Users - Decrypting a Secure E-mailDownload
Guidelines for Using Photos
Photos of congregation members bring your congregation Web site to life. A common question is how to respect the privacy rights and concerns of members and protect the safety of children pictured.
Image Release Form
Sample image release form can be edited for congregational use.
Information Security Policy
This sample policy covers responsibilities of Internet and email use, computer viruses, access codes/passwords, copyright and license agreements, and physical security.
Information Security Awareness
Online Giving Options
This guide outlines factors to consider when deciding how to offer online giving for your congregation. It includes a link to a spreadsheet tool that can help you rank the suitability of different vendors for the features you deem important.
Online Giving Vendor Comparison
An Excel workbook that allows you to track features and pricing for vendors of online giving services. You can rank which features are most important to your congregation.
Social Media and Congregations
Strategies, guidelines, best practices and resources for using social media in congregations.
Synod Administrative Software
Selected listing of vendors providing synod management software/services.
Technology discounts and savings for ELCA-related organizations.
Tips for Computer and Internet Safety
By better understanding security threats associated with the use of computers and the Internet, and by understanding the manner in which these threats are exploited, you can better protect your congregation, your congregation’s information, computers and computer files.
Tips for Computer and Internet SafetyDownload
Basic guide to developing and maintaining a Web presence for your congregation.
Tips for web managers – copyright
10 tips to help you avoid unnecessary legal trouble when using the work of others on your site.
Tips for web managers – copyrightDownload
Work Equipment Form
Sample form for staff or volunteer authorization to use congregation equipment, network, email or Internet access.
Writing for the Web
Resources to help with writing effective congregation Web pages.