Congregational Remittance Questions

Contact Joy Hacker at or 330-550-6642

Congregation Mission Support Remittances
(Updated 10/1/23 – for immediate use)

Make checks payable to: SOUTHERN OHIO SYNOD

NOTE: This is a new mailing address & is effective immediately. Please update your records as appropriate with your accounting and bookkeeping software!

Please send Mission Support Checks & Remittance Forms to:
Southern Ohio Synod
Columbus, OH 43260-4394

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

W-2 Instructions for Clergy

Joy Hacker, CPA shares step-by-step instructions to complete a W-2 form for clergy.Clergy 2022 W-2 Instructions


Resources from ELCA Website

‘Choose Congregations tab’ –

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

Resource from Portico Benefit Services

IRS Forms Commonly Used by Congregations

Ohio Secretary of State Forms Commonly Used by Congregations

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.

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 614.714.3157 with questions.

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