Information Technology

Technology resources for congregations and synods, including: Web ministry basics, cloud based services, social media guidelines and best practices, writing for the Web, guidelines for using photos of members, online giving options, administrative software, technology purchasing, computer and Internet security.

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 Software

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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.

Guidelines for Using Photos

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Image Release Form

Sample image release form can be edited for congregational use.

Image Release Form

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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 Policy

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Information Security Awareness



Information Security Awareness

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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 Options

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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.

Online Giving Vendor Comparison

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Social Media and Congregations

Strategies, guidelines, best practices and resources for using social media in congregations.

Social Media and Congregations

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Synod Administrative Software

Selected listing of vendors providing synod management software/services.

Synod Administrative Software

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Technology Purchasing

Technology discounts and savings for ELCA-related organizations.

Technology Purchasing

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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 Safety

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Web Ministry

Basic guide to developing and maintaining a Web presence for your congregation.

Web Ministry

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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 – copyright

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Work Equipment Form

Sample form for staff or volunteer authorization to use congregation equipment, network, email or Internet access.

Work Equipment Form

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Web Ministry

Resources to help with writing effective congregation Web pages.


Web Ministry

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